On February 7th, celebrity designerSergio Hudson showcased his fall/winter 2020 collection for the first time at New York Fashion Week, and it was awesome. The collection drew inspiration from the 80s and 90s with a touch of sophistication featuring pops of color, shapely shoulder silhouettes, fitted pantsuits, and the stuff that sparkles including one of my faves, a metallic v-shaped neckline, belted dress.
Sergio wasn't on my radar before, but now I can say that I'm a fan. My first experience with the brand happened front row (yaasss honey, still recovering), and as I watched the models sashayed down the runway, I couldn't help but stayed glued to every last details...the voluminous hair, structured shoulders and that 80s/90s "boss babe" vibes....think Cindy Crawford, Robin Givens swag.
Attending Sergio's show was one of my favorite highlights during NYFW, we experienced our firsts together (his first NYFW, my first time seeing his show)...so looking forward to seeing what his next collection will be.
Until then, here are some faves from the collection for you to enjoy.
Photo Credit: Latain Palmer
I love me some Hakan Akkaya. His designs are always so edgy, and on point. My first time experiencing the brand happened roughly 2 seasons ago (I think), and this time around I had the pleasure of attending 2 shows for his FW20/21 collections.
The first show "Justice" happened at Pier59 Studios (day three of fashion week), and as I took my seat in front row, I glazed around the room to see if I could guess who were as excited as I was. Then it happened.
The collection, "Amish Punk." The inspiration was clear throughout the collection from the first look to the last. Akkaya created a collection that reinterprets the iconic clothing of the Amish sect who, to this day, turn their backs to the Modern Age, while merging it with the attitude and detailing of the Punk Subculture. The cameras & phones went a-flutter when the key looks appeared (48 in total!). In his words, Hakan Akkaya says, “this season, my collection attracts all of the attention of femicide, justice, revolt and equality. Women who rock the runway – Women who rock the world!”
The collection also strongly embraced the most note-worthy trend of recent fashion weeks –androgyny. Many of Akkaya’s men wore dresses, skirts and tunic blouses while many of his women donned suiting and collared shirts, each referencing the garb traditionally found in the opposite genders’ closets, yet there was something different about the trend in the hands of a designer of Hakan Akkaya’s level of talent… the looks actually seemed like they have a chance of being worn as designed, unlike many others creating in this vein.
Hardware also played a major role in defining the collection with garments pierced in a wide variety of places like caps of shoulder, up and down the legs and princess seams of jackets and dresses, as well as through the fingertips of the black latex gloves that completed nearly every look. The hardware was not strictly ornamental, but rather crossed the line to integrally function as part of the garment itself.
After the final walk, hakan graced the runway with models, and blindfolded himself for our enjoyment as he waved throughout the u-shaped runway giving thanks and blowing kisses. "We love you!" said a few voices from the front row, well done once again.
Favorite luks below....
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On February 12, 2020, SEVEN CRASHreturned to New York Fashion Week: The Shows Official Schedule at Spring Studios with a runway presentation of its "EVOLUTION" collection for the Autumn/Winter 2020 season. From possibilities of survival on a future planet (GLIESE 581D planet series) to the adventurous spirit of exploring the micro-quantum world (QUANTUS series), and most recently the Spring/Summer 2020 series (THE LAB), which utilizes environmentally-friendly textiles to express the importance of sustainability for the future, the brand continues to explore new territory. This Autumn/Winter “EVOLUTION” collection seeks to inspire meditations on the role and impact of technology in the future. The year 2065 is imagined, where technology has led to an overexploited earth, and artificial intelligence has brought on an existential crisis. These dystopian phenomena are explored through the collections’ three series – from prosperity to decay and, finally, to nirvana.
The rapid progress of science and technology, and artificial intelligence, has advanced the human process, and enabled people to live convenient and fast-paced lifestyles. The PROSPEROUS series used exaggerated large-scale silhouettes and futuristic biotechnology green to portray thriving states of the lives of humans. The series extensively employs technology to blend colors, the collision of color polished rod fabric to show future geological features, and the combination of three-layer woven fabric with transparent TPU to ensure temperature balance.
Humans of future earth may well find themselves surrounded by destruction and chaos. Excessive urban development could result in a general barrenness and population-decline. Due to the dangerous atmosphere created by the development of artificial intelligence, the few remaining humans on earth have to find new means to survive. Inspired by pollution and destruction, the DECAY series uses the “destructive” spray washing/finishing process and carbon pollution color digital printing to express the atmosphere of earth's imminent destruction. The ingenious use of orderly interlaced weaves of filled plume, with tangled tassels running through and under them, mapped out the future of technology and how its development will likely take human civilization to an incalculable plane.
The true meaning of "love" and "life" is to achieve a balance between technology and ecology. The NIRVANA series incorporates the demand for freedom within a mix of novelty and dissonance. Garment silhouettes were disproportionately combined to form explosive stacks and kits, forming a harmonious new silhouette born of conflict. The same amalgamation applies to the fabric and decoration. The abstract camouflage printed fabric, the complete three-dimensional structure, the reorganization of the collection of clean and large outline shapes, with the various items carried in the removable backpack, demonstrate a glimpse of hope for a better future. Backstage at Spring Studios after the show, brand CEO Jason Yao said, “As a disruptive brand, we believe in progress and staying ahead of the curve, in the current climate, sustainability needs to be and will be every brand’s number one priority. Every season we have been devoting more and more of our resources to researching and developing sustainable textiles and increasing the role they play in our design process. This is our mandate and an integral part of our corporate culture.”