From pastel empowerment, supermodel runways and bridal moments this season’s shows across the fashion capitals where nothing short of our expectations for Spring Summer 2019. Supermodel Slick Woods even experienced labour on the catwalk for Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty collection, bringing the definition of ‘natural’ to a whole new level during fashion month.
Discover what happened from New York, London, Milan and Paris as we report from the front row and bring you behind the scenes to the exclusive afterparties.
1. TOM FORD KICK STARTS NYFW
New York Fashion week opened with a master-performance from Tom Ford. The designer presented his latest collection, worn by an A-list array of supermodels who stormed down the catwalk wearing his designs, which primarily featured a soft, neutral colour palette combined with subdued tones across both the men’s and womenswear.
For SS19 Tom Ford looked to his past, taking inspiration from the reasons he became a fashion designer –
To create beautiful clothes that empower the wearer.
The supermodel catwalk included noted names such as Kaia Gerber, Joan Smalls and the Hadid sisters to name a few, as honoured guests like Ana Wintour admired the collection which successfully set the standards for the next shows in the fashion capital.
2. A PREGNANT SLICK WOODS GOES INTO LABOUR AT RIHANNA’S SAVAGE X FENTY SHOW
Rihanna close New York Fashion Week inside a Brooklyn Navy Yard warehouse. As spectators crowded inside, they were greeted with rosé champagne and foldable maps which detailed the biosphere Rihanna curated for the occasion.
The entire warehouse was converted into an ecosystem of botanic gardens, deserts, hydroponics stations, and laboratories, for the most Mother Nature–friendly slumber party anyone has ever seen.
However the mum on everyone’s minds that evening was model Slick Woods, who flaunted her baby bump on the catwalk and later took to Instagram to confirm that she was even in labour during the show and gave birth to her baby boy just 14 hours later!
Woods proudly cradled her baby bump, clad in a one-piece with cutouts perfect for flaunting her maternity belly, as Auntie Rih sneaked behind her to greet the crowd at the end of the show.
So, with such an impressive catwalk history already established, we are sure this baby boy will have a strong future ahead of him on the catwalk and be one to watch in the seasons to come!
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A lewk, 14 hours of labor, and A king is born. This is the face of a WOMAN IN LABOR, we hold shit down most of us don’t even know how much we’re going through, I’m here to say I CAN DO WHATEVER THE FUCK I WANT WHENEVER THE FUCK I WANT AND SO CAN YOU. Thank you @qualityresusqueen and the Fenty family for taking such good care of us
3. TISCI’S DEBUT COLLECTION FOR BURBERRY
Meanwhile in London, Riccardo Tisci’s debut Burberry show at London Fashion Week was a celebrity-free zone in the front row but was seemingly filled with recognisable names on the catwalk, including Kendall Jenner, who – after not walking any shows at New York Fashion Week – chose to make a special appearance to celebrate Tisci’s Burberry debut in the English capital. Models Jourdan Dunn, Lily Donaldson and Irina Shayk also took to the runway and Instagram to promote Tisci’s debut collection for Burberry.
The show was tastefully presented, with a few personal notes for Tisci, firstly, showing at 17.00 on the 17th of September is a reference to Tisci’s lucky number (17 used to appear across various items at Givenchy). Secondly, the collection was soundtracked by the British hip-hop group Massive Attack, whose music would have been charting around the same time Tisci moved to London to study fashion in the ’90s.
The show opened with a series of all-beige womenswear looks, a homage to the understated palette which Burberry is famous for, as well as a series of Burberry’s other signature pieces including the classic trench coat. Of course, Tisci is known for his love of sportswear and streetwear, and these were revealed as the show progressed, becoming more transgressive, and intertextual.
It will be undoubtedly interesting to watch how Richard will bring Burberry, a brand with 162 years of history, into the 21st century in the months to come.
4. VICTORIA BECKHAM CELEBRATES 10 YEARS AT LFW
The British designer has used a decade at New York Fashion Week to refine her polish with edginess and presented her SS19 collection at London Fashion Week for the first time ever this season.
For SS19, Beckham looks back over the brand’s first decade, as well as looking forward, explaining in her show notes that the collection aims to…
Explore the codes of the brand, the identity I’ve built up over the ten years since my first show.
Her collection was a homage to creating the ultimate capsule wardrobe, with everything on offer from tunic-style dresses to statement maxi skirts.
To enhance international appeal, Beckham has also released limited edition collaborations with US chain Target, and has even launched into beauty with Estee Lauder. All moves that enhance the Victoria Beckham brand to place focus firmly back upon her ready-to-wear collections.
Beckham also beat Burberry because her media impact value was calculated as higher from the show, according to the marketing and analytics platform Launchmetrics. So, while there were significantly more posts about Burberry, 46,000+ posts online and on social, compared with just 8,200 posts about Beckham’s show, Beckham was named the top brand account of the season because of her MIV.
5. A SUPERMODEL RUNWAY AT FENDI IN MILAN
In Milan, Karl Lagerfeld and Fendi officially presented their Spring/Summer 2019 collection as the model of the year Adwoa Aboah opened the show in a look which featured a leather and translucent-raincoat, paired with a white dress underneath. The look set the tone for the entire presentation which included an array of clean-cut separates accentuated by playful, youthful accessories.
The tiny shade trend is apparently going nowhere either, with round, mirrored styles and a perspex Fendi-logo and polka-dot cat-eye shades featured throughout.
The show took place at the usual Fendi show venue, on Via Andrea Solari, where the backdrop was millennial pink. At the centre was a huge Fendi logo, which the models emerged from as the show began. Adwoa was closely followed by the likes of Bella and Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Kaia Gerber, Adesuwa, and Sara Grace Wallerstedt whilst fellow model and friend Winnie Harlow supported them front row.
6. A RUNWAY BRIDE AT MOSCHINO
In one of the most extravagant social-media-pleasing shows of this spring/summer season, Gigi Hadid closed the Moschino show as a bride courtesy of Jeremy Scott. Adorned in a butterfly-strewn veil so long an entourage of men had to assist the model and carried it down the runway, the regal bridal anthem sounded.
The show extravaganza also saw models walk down the catwalk wearing life-size design sketches. Ford explained how he wanted to bring to light the raw beauty of fashion design. For example, one model even became a tailor’s dummy, her body snaked with an enormous, ruffled tape measure. Another dress was formed from giant dressmaking shears, while one dress – a reference to a design by the late great Franco Moschino – shimmied down the runway, bristling with tiered safety pins and a thimble hat.
Scott described his vision for the show:
I tried to make it as if you were seeing a Broadway musical about the creation of fashion coming alive.
Indeed the show was exactly that vision, showing an array of fantastical characters crescendoed to the final look – the traditional closing bridal gown.
7. DIOR’S HOMAGE TO THE POWER OF DANCE
Fashion’s obsession with dance is no secret, and for Dior, it was the source of inspiration for their Spring Summer 2019 show. The graceful movements inspired by dancers both past and present served as the ethos for the latest line, with a collection that pays homage to heroines of contemporary dance. The collection aimed to reflect the gestures and beauty of dance, with costumes that presented a fabulous array of jersey dresses in white and sand, ballet-ready bodysuits and more.
As the models walked the peripheral of the dark box at the Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, choreographer Sharon Eyal and eight dancers accompanied the performance to create a hypnotic piece of art, playfully set against the classically themed background music. Confetti fell around the dancers and models as they walked the runway, like leaves falling from trees, creating a shadowy, forest-like setting for the unexpected collection.
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The romance and magic of dance were never so gorgeously captured as in the apparent effortlessness of this off-the-shoulder Spring-Summer 2019 dress that prints the kaleidoscopic motifs embraced by #MariaGraziaChiuri and exquisitely sprinkles them with thousands of tiny colored sequins. #DiorSS19
8. MODEL VILLAGE X VIVIENNE WESTWOOD: THE SHOW
Skateboarding and scooter-riding models took over the Westwood runway during Paris Fashion Week, as Model Village sat front row for the SS19 show.
The designer teamed up with creative director Andrea Kronthaler who also happens to be her husband and held their joint show in Garage Amelot in the city’s Maria neighbourhood, the same location where Virgil Abloh held his Off-White spring ’19 show.
Model Village attended the show space to witness various models walking, scooting and skateboarding around a paper art installation in the centre of the room. The show was filled with a wonderfully diverse collection of models, as Westwood even presented male bodybuilders who walked out in platforms, wearing only underwear.
With our creative minds inspired, we documented the whole experience and showcased the experience on our Instagram, utilising the latest IGTV feature to promote the best looks from the collection.
The 77-year-old fashion designer also looked sensational as she showed off an incredible array of new designs, and didn’t shy away from rocking some heels as she wore tan platform lace-up boots. Proving that style never dies!
This season Model Village also hosted the official afterparty for Vivienne Westwood, held at Boum Boum Paris, which is also the same location where we held The Lounge at PFW this season.
The intimate gathering was filled with fashion’s elite including Vivienne Westwood’s partner in crime, Andrea Kronthaler. The location was the ideal setting to celebrate the collection, wrapping up the fashion month season with a successful collaboration as the MVBabes danced the night away in the city of lights.
9. MVBABE OF FASHION MONTH
We are proud to announce that our model of the moment from this season was MVBabe Fran Summers.
British Vogue even confirmed her as the model-of-the-moment for 2018 during an interview with the 19-year-old MVBabe. Fran is in demand. Catwalk appearances for Chanel and Givenchy have been followed by campaigns for Chloé and Versace, and even graced an appearance on Vogue’s May cover as part of a portfolio of fresh model faces ushering in a new era of diversity. We can’t wait to see what is next in store for this English rose and wish her the best of luck for the seasons to come!
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A massive congratulations to #MVBabe @fransummers who has stormed the catwalk this season, walking for major brands across the fashion capitals for SS19, including @burberry @maxmara @calvinklein @coach @tomford @fendi and more! She was even spotted backstage with #Supermodel @adwoaaboah . . . . . . #fashionmodel #fashionweek #fashionshows #designer #luxury #ss19