NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 16: Models pose for the Telfar presentation during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on February 16, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
If, by spending most of the last two years in tracksuits, you have indeed forgotten how to dress, New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2022-2023 has given you some ideas.
Official start on February 11, official of the week and unofficial fashion presentations continued through Friday, February 18. Of course, our eyes were trained on the black creators strutting the runways via in-person, virtual, and hybrid presentations, plus a few instantly purchasable drops. Below is a sampling of several of our fashionable favorites this season.
Undoubtedly, the hottest fashion designer of the moment is Clemens of Telfar, which has dominated both accessible and luxury sportswear with its clear understanding of the mission: to keep it current but comfortable. With a range of athleisure-inspired looks debuting via Telfar TV for Fall/Winter 22-23, the designer has ensured we can continue to embrace our flexibility for the indefinite future without sacrificing our grip. on fashion.
“When we started [Telfar TV] it really comes from a deeper need to connect with our community,” Clemens told Vogue after his Feb. 16 presentation. “It’s the place where we can experiment, where we can speak directly to people without having to censor ourselves, without having to speak through mainstream media or whiteness audiences. It’s not about how many people watch it or how many more bags we can sell, it’s literally about freedom.
Of course, the unwavering popularity of the Telfar Shopping Bag, the embossed utility tote available in three sizes and an ever-changing array of colors, never hurts. A week after debuting a new mauve-pink color coyly dubbed “Corned Beef” (and “Eggplant” slated for release on Monday, February 21), Clemens, CFDA’s reigning Accessories Designer of the Year for two years in a row, teased a series of all-new bags at its NYFW presentation.
In addition to confirming the arrival of a new Convertible Circular Clutch (seen above in our header photo), the internet was buzzing in January (as were we), multiple sizes and colors of embossed logo duffel bags. appeared with the looks posted on Telfar. luminous and rotating platform. The bad news? Telfar’s new mounts are more expensive than the brand’s much-loved shopping bag. The good news? They were instantly copyable on the label’s website.
Hanifa won praise for its 3D virtual presentation during Fashion Week in 2020, an innovative pivot in a new era of social distancing. This NYFW, the label released Drop II from its Fall/Winter ’22 collection, a sequel to the November 2021 launch of its “Dream” collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. capsule of six new looks “perfectly sums up the spirit and mood of the brand. Rich fabrics and opulent colors signify luxury and point to an elevated collection that combines all the best elements of [designer] Anifa Mvuembacraftsmanship.
Exclusively available on the Hanifa website, Drop II is available in sizes XS to 2XL, with a price tag of $189 to $359.
Designate Maxwell Osborne may be best known in fashion circles for her award-winning CFDA work with partner Dao-Yi Chow for NYC public school. But last February, he launched the first campaign and collection for his solo label, the aptly named anOnlyChild. In fact, Osborne kicked off Black History Month with the brand’s eco-friendly collection, made entirely from unused materials.
Originally previewed at a pre-fashion week show at the family home of Osborne in September 2021, “The spirit of anOnlyChild is built around recreating lived experiences to form new ones. “, read a statement to theGrio.
Each piece in this collection was created from fabrics and materials collected from friends as well as excess cuts and fabric scraps from sample room floors throughout the garment district. Inspired by the technique of needle punching from ancient Egypt, Osborne used the same method to bind different pieces of fabric together, weaving them together to create a new hybrid fabric for use throughout the collection.
“While this process prevents us from recreating consistency throughout the collection, we see it as a benefit,” Osborne further explained. “Each of our garments retains the soul of their fabric’s previous life to form something unique, one-of-a-kind and much like an only child.”
As Fashion Week drew to a close, Osborne dropped more fashion: a capsule collection of felted wool baseballs and bucket-inspired hats co-created with a milliner Gigi Burris. Photographer typing Good Duke, who also captured the clothing campaign, the trio held a Fashion Week exhibit of new campaign photography titled “Borrowed Crowns.” Both collections are available for purchase at anOnlyChild.com.
Afro-Colombian designer Edwing D’Angelo is one of the few to found his studio in Harlem, New York. There, he launched his fall-winter ’22-23 collection on February 12, titled “The Widows of Macondo.”
In keeping with the theme, the models wore mock black teardrops with the all-black collection, which was “inspired by the literary novel prize masterpiece A hundred years of loneliness by [late] Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquezas a statement from theGrio explains, adding, “D’Angelo brought the style and theme of Magical Realism to life in his men’s and women’s collection.”
“In a time when there is so much loss around us, as a creative, I have to find a happy medium,” D’Angelo explained in a statement. “To rejoice and focus on the positive without shedding light on our social discord. We are going through this as a society, but instead of creating an uplifting collection of bright colors and beautiful craftsmanship, I wanted this collection to be dark and beautiful at the same time, making us think about who we are as people. and what grief means. for us right now.
Non-binary fashion brand No Sesso (Italian for “no sex/no gender”) leaned into its feminine side this season, sending a ’90s and early ’90s-inspired collection to the catwalk that, in many ways reminiscent of the heyday of hip hop in that same era. Led by creators Peter “Pia” Davis, Autumn Randolphand Arin HayesNo Sesso’s Fall/Winter 22-23 ready-to-wear presentation followed a 16-piece pre-fall capsule the brand launched at Art Basel in Miami last December.
According to Women’s Wear Daily, “The brand’s community and the creators’ journeys of black femininity shone throughout the show and collection.” Among the highlights of this season? Contributions and collaborations with Levi’s, Nike, Tatras and Milk makeup, among others.
We may currently be predicting the fashion trends for Fall/Winter 2022-2023, but the mother-daughter designer duo’s New York Fashion Week presentation Cynthia Burt and Najla Burt– otherwise known as Dur Doux – was ready for spring. A much-needed burst of color took over an otherwise gray and snowy day at New York’s Bryant Park on Feb. 13, showcasing a vibrant palette of cobalt blues, jungle greens, juicy oranges, and more.
While Dur Doux (pronounced “dur-do”) is the French translation for “dur/doux”, this season’s collection has been dubbed “La Nouvelle Mosaïque”, meaning “the New Mosaic”. As CFDA’s Runway360 reports, the collection is “a modern fashion take on an ancient folk art form, mosaic art.”
Gabrielle Union x New York & Company
If your body is ready for spring hues, Gabrielle UnionNew York & Company’s latest collection is full of them and ready to buy. While the star’s ready-to-wear line didn’t follow the NYFW catwalks this season, it was always in tune with the moment, launching a series of colorful new pieces dropping each week of February.
“Gabrielle Union’s spring collection launches just in time for the warmer months ahead, as we prepare to transition from winter styles to spring silhouettes,” a statement to theGrio explained. “The new Spring line features a range of colorful hues including pastels, bright yellows, mints and earthy greens to add the perfect pop of color to our spring wardrobes.”
Maiysha Kai is theGrio’s Lifestyle Editor, covering all things black and beautiful. Her work is inspired by two decades of experience in fashion and entertainment, a love of great books and aesthetics, and the indomitable brilliance of black culture. She is also a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and editor of the YA Anthology. Body (Words of Change series).
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