Five Rising Stars
Represented by The Riviere Agency.
The Oxford Fashion Studio II did not disapppint this year, showcasing five young designers during their 2 p.m. runway.
A mixture of ready-to-wear, couture, and outlandish pieces strutted the catwalk, encompassing size-inclusive ensembles to barely-there experimental silicone constructs.
Oxford Fashion Studio: NYFW FW19
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London-based designer Caroline Perino opened the show with a dramatic take on couture. High slits, geode details, and sequined trims were found amongst mens and womenswear models. Perino pushed the boundaries of excess and costuming, emphasizing architecture and fit. The mesmerizing orange halter gown with rust-colored stone accents in lieu of buttons was the high point of her collection.
New York designer Caroline Smouse displayed her crochet Spring/Summer ’19 showcase, ranging from a mustard-colored hooded cardigan to barely-there maxi dresses. The cohesive collection turned the rainy NYFW day into a beach oasis, weaving a groovy 70s vibe throughout. A purple ensemble added a bit of glitz with a metallic thread knit, bringing a day-to-night effect.
Jewelry brand Atalanka showed next, coupled with a stylish velvet pieces. The nature-inspired necklaces showed beautifully against dark navy fringed jumpsuits and rich mustard turtlenecks. The runway segment left the audience ready to shop, especially the off-white studded calf hair mules each model wore. Ash, the charismatic mastermind behind reasonably-priced Atalanka, paired her signature “Phases of the Moon” lariat with a low neckline dress, making the statement necklace the standout feature of her show.
The highly-anticipated C’est D runway collection by Doyeon Yoni Yu featured a futuristic take on vintage. Experimental ensembles with 50s pastel color palettes and unexpected details (candy-esque appliqués on calf-high cutout heels! amoeba patterned shoulder capes!) brought a powerful punch of fresh air. The size-inclusive brand mixed models of all shapes throughout the runway show, emphasizing self-love and body positivity. Looks 7 and 8– a pink bralette paired with matching wide leg trousers and mint ruched tulle sleeve accents, and a frilled seafoam tank top over printed pants, respectively–stole the show.
Viktoria Tisza closed out the 2 p.m. showcase with her silicone rubber bodysuits and dresses. Budapest-based Tisza began her career as a swimwear designer, reminiscent of her fashion-forward bodysuits today. The extensive collection included layers of water between the rubber, seeming to draw inspiration from life preservers. A white dress featured a pouch of blue liquid, similar to an ice pack, along the natural waist. The collection stressed editorial statements over wearability sans for a few pieces, including an ingenious warm yellow top with three rows of circled cutouts paired beautifully with a boxy suspender white skirt with matching yellow buttons. The finale dress– a deep v-neck long sleeve flared frock in the same yellow rubber–was the highlight of the collection.
The Oxford Fashion Studio II collection once again brought up-and-coming designers to the forefront at NYFW.