Custo Barcelona was created by two brothers, Custo and David Dalmau in 1981 in Barcelona, Spain. The line is inspired by the colorful atmosphere of southern California. The brothers first started crafting T-shirts for men and women with screen-prints and illustrations. Now the brand has extended to everything from suits to swimwear.
Custo Barcelona held up to their reputation of the massive use of prints and colors with their NYFW SS’18 collection which is called “Call Me Tomorrow.” Different textures and prints were being sent down the runway with metallics, fuchsias and turquoises being the main colors.
Prabal Gurung born 1979, is an American fashion designer of Nepalese descent based in New York City. Prabal began his designing career in New Delhi, India, while studying at New Delhi’s National Institute of Fashion Technology. In 1999, Gurung moved to New York City, where he interned for Donna Karan while attending Parsons School of Design. In his first year, he was awarded the “Best Designer” title at the annual Parsons/FIT design competition. After Parsons, Gurung spent two years with Cynthia Rowley’s design team and then became the design director at Bill Blass. Following five successful years at Blass, Gurung launched his own collection, PRABAL GURUNG, during New York Fashion Week in February 2009.
Years later Prabal Gurung’s collections are a must see during New York Fashion Week. In his current latest collection Prabal Gurung used bright, vivid tones, such as vibrant shades of blue, green, yellow and pink in his latest collection. Each piece showcased a powerful strong woman who is still feminine and sexy at the same time. This collection could be considered an “ode to the empowered woman.”
Prabal Gurung was a star studded runway show to say the least. There were many familiar faces on the runway such as Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Ashley Graham, including others. And even more familiar faces sitting in front row. Spotted was Elaine Welteroth, Jhene Aiko, Jaime King, Deray Mckesson, Olivia Palmero, Skai Jackson, EJ Johnson, and Julee Wilson to name a few.
Samantha Leibowitz, unveiled her radical new designs during New York Fashion Week with her CAAFD sponsored spring/summer 2018 collection at Pier59. This New York-based designer has been featured in shows since 2016, and was first featured on ABC 10 back in 2016 and later made appearances in Fashion on the Hudson, NYSFE, and NYFW that same year. Samantha Leibowitz grew up in the Philadelphia Main Line, and is deeply influenced by the arts and surrounding culture. She was raised alongside some of the most well-known representations of architecture, museums, and gardens in the North Atlantic region and decided to be a designer back in 2007 when she was in the eighth grade.
Samantha Leibowitz’ versatile and art-inspired collections graced Fashion Week with a bold, independent, and adventurous style. This collection promoted an eventful and exciting lifestyle, with the theme of ‘texture’ while remaining down to earth. That is where her philosophy comes from; it is everlasting designs from “dawn until dusk”.
Torrid, the hottest fashion brand for women who wear sizes 10-30, debuted its first New York Fashion week collection, heralding a bold new move towards increased diversity and inclusiveness in the fashion industry. The show represented the Torrid woman – bold, beautiful and badass with looks featuring the juxtaposition between hard and soft. Hard edge corsets and leather moto jackets topped flowy, feminine pieces for an unexpected contrast that encompasses the many sides of a woman. The collection was also peppered with signature, hand-painted elements. NYX Professional Makeup’s neutral palette and Redken’s loose waves enhanced each girls’ natural features, along with shimmering gold nails courtesy of Essie.
Some of the models seen on the runway were Stella Duvall, Anita Marshall, Bree Kish, Georgia Pratt, Hunter McGrady, Clementine Desseaux, Danika Bryshka, Alessandra Garcia Lorido. And some familiar faces in attendance were Adrienne C. Moore from Orange is the New Black, Britney Young from GLOW, Shannon Purser from Stranger Things, Miss Jay Alexander from America’s Next Top Model, Ashley Nell Tipton from Project Runway and others.
Vivienne Hu is a New York based designer. Before her fashion endeavors, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from University of Hohenheim in Germany. She then worked in the Investment Banking industry in New York for over three years. Her decision to change career paths stemmed from her zeal for fashion and her love of creativity and the arts. After a fashion degree from Parsons School of Design, Vivienne Hu established her brand, and debuted her Spring/Summer collection in 2012. She quickly gained industry experience working at Oscar de la Renta and Yigal Azrouel. She launched her flagship store in Soho, New York in 2013. In 2016, she launched her second store at 107 Mercer Street, also in the heart of Soho, New York. Her designs have been featured in various fashion magazines like WWD, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Art and Design, and Elegant.
For this years NYFW, Vivienne Hu presented a collection of muted tones with a slew of light and airy pieces that were given structure with strategically placed sashes, trims, and cutouts to highlight every girl’s best feature. The collection found inspiration in one of our world’s most ancient cities- Amman, Jordan. The bright colors and dynamic architecture really captures the designers attention. The collection focuses on classic silhouettes, executed in unexpected fabrics and subtle details.