The culturally influenced NiuNiu Chou show was nothing short of bold colors and patterns that graced the runway. The cultural and ethical influenced were mixed with the contemporary styles of pop art. The two mixed created beautiful silhouettes for the gender-less collection that married male and female designs so seamlessly.
Not only did this show pack a powerful punch with the colors and statement it wanted to make, one of the people I most admired when I first started my fashion journey walked the runway, Miss Jay Alexander. Wearing a futuristic and cultural makeup look, Miss Jay walked in recycled fabrics with multiple layers flowing with his elegant walk.
My first show with NiuNiu Chou definitely showed me the other side of fashion – the side of fashion that still remembers the fashion is a huge part of culture outside of America. Textiles, patterns, layers, the way pieces are cut, all of these factors are still very important despite what fast fashion has taught us in the past years. Chou has shown that the direction of sustainability and meaningful fashion is just around the corner.
One of my most anticipated shows, VFiles in partnership with Depop. VFiles’ shows always seemed to have an energetic feel for all ages from their performers to their designers. This year’s designers were very diverse, from the color palettes, construction, and the concepts. Sticking to their global search for new talent from all over the world, VFiles chose Di Du, Wesley Harriot, Pierre-Louis Auvray, and Nico Verhaegen as this year’s runway winners.
Aside from their array of designers showcasing their latest collection, the performance line-up added that extra VFiles flare I spoke of earlier; Rico Nasty (who also performed in a custom Di Du look), YG, and Erika Jayne with Brooke Candy; who performed their debut single “Drip”.
My favorite part of the show was the diverse models used. From their facial features to their long bodies, the model selection was easily my top three of the entire fashion week. Aside from the models, I must say I can see why these four designers were chosen. With very eclectic, futuristic, and avant-garde looks with a hint of cosplay (which I can definitely appreciate); I’ve been waiting for the moment were avant-garde and streetwear met and made up. I began to grow tired of the same “I’m kind of lazy and too cool to care for my style” looks.
I’d like to also congratulate VFiles for two things: selling out the Barclay’s Center with over 2.000 people in attendance and launching their very own shop with Depop – which you can shop here. Can’t wait to see what the next show holds for us.