Wyclef Jean stands out as an acclaimed entertainer; his wife, Marie Claudinette Jean, has returned to the fashion scene with her brand Fushá Designs. Originally launched in 2000, her collections are about luxury for men and women, with celebrity followers including Mary J. Blige and Ja Rule; even the late Whitney Houston was a fan. The spring–summer 2019 collection, comprising womenswear ensembles, was presented at Pier 59 in an intimate setting amongst a group of fashion insiders in a garden-like atmosphere, with lush green foliage surrounding the space.
Inspired by the Magical Forest, Claudinette showed lavish evening gowns and mini-dresses on each pedestal, revealing intricate details, including hand-beading, their designs emphasizing a vertical line. The collection looked appropriate for a regal soirée, and included spaghetti-strap trumpet dresses, ball gowns and pieces with plunging necklines.
As Wyclef Jean shared a live performance, guests took time to admire and appreciate the designer’s creativity. This show successfully blended music and fashion all under one roof.
Kûr by Kasuni Rathnasuriya was launched in 2009 and stays true to the concept of simplicity and detail. The new collection, shown at the Sky Room of the Alliance Française, is based on the Compact Traveller, where the wearer can travel in style while sustaining a feminine, chic look. From the office to an epic adventure, the Kûr wearer flaunts sheer elegance with a simple touch. Textiles from Japan and hand-made Dutch and Portuguese lace exhibited sumptuous quality. Juliet sleeves, collared shirts, straight wide-leg pants and square-cut necklines are just a few of the features throughout the collection. The colour scheme ranged from hues of white and cream to navy and denim.
Chocheng Char presented her spring–summer 2019 collection at the main New York Fashion Week venue, Spring Studios. This glamorous womenswear collection was inspired by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross of the Supremes, Joan Crawford and Natalie Wood, as seen in films of the 1960s. The ’60s were considered to be a turning-point for women in fashion innovation, as styles flourished, from shift dresses and skirt suits to capri pants. The Chocheng collection is reminiscent of the time, revealing comfort, luxury and sophistication, with boléro-style jackets, boat-neck tops, slit skirts, V-necklines, hot pants and epaulettes. A mermaid silhouette dress flaunted beauty and grace; a subtle colour palette of pink, violet, black and white kept the collection classy.
Australian-based Ozlana presented its sleek and romantic Dream Still collection, with soft textures, high-quality fabrics and simple designs. While designers and brands focused on the warmer seasons of spring and summer, Ozlana expanded the looks with pieces intended for cooler weather, applying furs, wrap coats, blousons and statement cardigans. Pencil and wide-legged pants as well as ruffled skirts provided options for the Ozlana wearer, ensuring comfort with a fashion-forward twist.
Semir × C. J. Yao
Fashion week is all about different brands, artists and designers sharing their personal vision. Semir × C. J. Yao released their menswear and womenswear looks, each with contemporary streetwear styles. Semir, a Chinese-based fashion brand, and C. J. Yao, a young designer raised in Shanghai, joined forces. They highlighted an unconventional fashion vision, with a modern concept of fashion with bold prints and layered shorts. Colours ranged from bold red, vibrant yellows, and bright blue, to black and subtle white. The Semir × C. J. Yao wearer is unafraid to express their sporty selves, with a strikingly fashion-forward appearance.
Wang Tao embraced femininity and glamour throughout her collection, emphasizing a woman’s silhouette with contoured hip-huggers or a sleek mid-waist belt. Her spring–summer 2019 collection, entitled Bloom, featured leg-of-mutton sleeves, square necklines, asymmetrical skirts, off-the-shoulder dresses, panel pant dresses, bell sleeves, and accessories, with lavish, luxury details. •
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