This was a night that will forever be sewn in the memory banks of fashion lovers around the world.
New York Fashion Week
On Sunday evening, as the rest of New York underwent a rainstorm, the attendees of an evening NYFW runway show experienced an event similarly tempestuous.
NEW YORK, NY – NYFW is in full swing this year, with sustainability of fashion at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
INHERENT‘s mission as a brand extends beyond the calendar dates of New York Fashion Week (NYFW). “We began as a small online store in 2020 and soon grew into a flagship boutique storefront in Colorado Springs, CO, only a year later,” the company’s founder and designer, Taylor Draper, announced ahead of his latest runway presentation. The mogul has openly battled mental health issues, including depression, and aims to utilize his growing enterprises and collections to destigmatize the conversation around seeking therapy and wellness resources.
“He first came to formal terms with his condition at fifteen following a troubled childhood in Florida. [When] he was diagnosed with clinical depression, he weighed over 300 pounds and saw nothing changing if drastic measures weren’t taken… to have any hope of escaping the demons that plagued him, his mother and he would have to make a major life change,” an INHERENT rep confirmed with The Knockturnal.
This life event influenced the theme behind Draper’s NYFW Fall/Winter 2023 show, appropriately titled “Suited for Wellness.” The collection draws inspiration from classic English tailoring, New York streetwear, and Ivy League styles alike, with the branding power of Myrdith Leon-McCormack. “My mission will not be complete until phrases like ‘walk it off’ or ‘man up’ are redefined in our vocabulary,” Draper confirmed following his runway moment. “Every man’s first instinct should be to open up about feelings of overwhelm or depression without shame, guilt, or fear.”
The forthcoming collection was constructed from wool, cotton, cashmere, twills, and corduroy, with shirtings and knitwear at an accessible price point. Proceeds of all Draper’s sales go to his company’s non-profit: Foundation by INHERENT. The organization is dedicated to creating programs and resources to educate its inclusive network through ongoing events, emerging fashion, and seasonal exhibitions. Take a look at some of INHERENT’s NYFW Fall/Winter 2023 garments below:
Behind The Scenes: How Odile Gilbert and Jonathan Simkhai Achieved Their Show-stopping Hairstyles on the Runway This NYFW with TRESemmé
This NYFW was all about fluidity, and the sleek runway hairstyles showcased the versatility of all that hair can become. For Jonathan Simkhai, fluidity played many parts in the intricate aspects of both his runway designs, and the styling that takes place behind the scenes. Backstage, hairstylist Odile Gilbert worked to create two incredible styles with the help of TRESemmé. For Rodarte, Odile created The Gothic Fairy; and for Jonathan Simkhai, she created The Sleek Side Part.
“Inspired by Jonathan Simkhai’s collection, the hairstyle embodies the individuality inside each of us,” Odile said. “Every look is slightly different to accentuate the natural beauty of the hair, yet each is defined by polished sleekness for a conducive look.”
Key Products Used:
- STEP 1: To add shine with natural movement before blow drying, apply TRESemmé Pro Infusion Fluid Smooth Hair Tonic Water evenly throughout damp hair imparting a smooth and silky finish.
- STEP 2: Once completely dried straight, part the hair to one side using a pintail comb. PRO TIP – Use the middle of the eye as a guide for side part placement.
- STEP 3: Apply TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Spray to protect the hair and seal in shine before using a flat iron to create a pin straight texture.
- STEP 4: Finish the look with a mist of TRESemmé Ultra Fine Hair Spray for natural control.
Fluidity was ever present on the runway as well, as Simkhai, recently rebranded from Jonathan Simkhai, was full of a wide variety of bold and dark colors and styles. The looks paired beautifully with Odile’s styling.
Simkhai is known for his lavish parties and later that night he celebrated the launch of the collection with a fantastic after party at Manhattan’s iconic club, Jeans. The evening was celebrated with a paloma as it’s signature drink and featured a lavish lineup of attendees.
Post-NYFW show, Luar’s loyal and excited fans lined up down the block, in the rain (most even without umbrellas!), while waiting patiently to enter the afterparty, and celebrate the brand of the hour-Luar.
Kourtney Kardashian sure did bring her rock n’ roll flare, both clothing and music-wise, for her Boohoo, New York Fashion Week Show!
Emerge Designer Collective I Fashion Designers:
Premya by Manishii, Atelier, Home Of Arti, Garcia Del Castillo, NH Alrabiah, Nahal Shad, Carson Fashion and Laura Lanzerotte.
My favorite designers from the first collective are Premya by Manishii and Garcia Del Castillo! Premya by Manishii had precise stiching of white, black and silver sequins that created movement, patterns and eye-catching sparkle when the light hits. The focus on detail, and exhibiting surprising fashionable risks, was in point. For instance, on what looked like a go-to black women’s tuxedo, turned into an open back, with swinging black horizontal sequins connecting the top. Another example is what looked like a sequined cocktail dress from below, was paired together with a shiny and formal crop top. Garcia Del Castillo’s show is for bold women who aren’t afraid to have eyes on them in a room! The colorful and neutral dresses with high thigh slits, were all paired with thigh high animal skin boots – bringing the outfit from fashionable to making a statement!
Emerge Designer Collective II Fashion Designers:
Casey Quinn, Vivienne Maestrado, Jasmine Schulte, Shay Anccomsey, Teonna Thornton, and Noelle Small.
My favorite designers from the second collective were Jasmine Schulte and Noelle Small! Jasmine Schulte was my absolute favorite designer from both runways, because the clothes were not just clothes, but rather art! The pieces were delicately crocheted with different colored yarn that created dream-like wood creatures with, long tails and sleeves. Being someone who is always drawn to haute couture, bright colors, textures and artistic concepts, I immediately fell in love with what felt like pieces that belonged in a museum! And I was curious to know how long it took the talented designer to create each look. The young designer is ready to go for the Met Gala, should they ever have a “forest nymph/creature/fairy” theme, and sign me up as the first client! Fashion Designer Noelle Small is also for clients who want “go big or go home!” The dresses will make you the “Belle of the Ball,” quite literally, with it’s exquisite Cinderella/ Disney fairy-tale large sleeves, shoulders, and puffy dresses that make a beyond magical moment out of any night in the week, guaranteed!