Review: New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018/19

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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018/19 is as good as over. We take a look back at the best moments at Calvin Klein, The Row, and more

The Fashion Weeks had their soft-opening a few weeks back on the haute couture runways, and now they’ve really kicked off starting with New York. Select labels presented their new collections over the course of ten days. Megabrands like Calvin Klein (great), The Row (even better), and Marc Jacobs (the best) were all on the schedule, but also young designers such as Eckhaus Latta, Sies Marjan, and Area.

What’s interesting is that various European designers moved to New York. Especially Bottega Veneta, which otherwise shows in Milan, and up-and-comers like Copenhagen-based Saks Potts and Hungarian label Nanushka. Designs for Fall/Winter 2018/19 were shown, and in the case of Mansur Gavriel, Spring/Summer 2018 following the “see now, buy now” principle. #Fashionmonth has started and the fashion world will be moving on to Europe. New York Fashion Week is followed by London, Milan, and Paris.

But first we want to give a quick run-down of what went on in New York. Here is a summary of the highlights and our favorites from the last ten days. (What was strong: the show music at The Row and Bottega Veneta.)

Favorite Collections

What goes down the New York catwalks is usually wearable. And (pretty much) nothing has changed this season. Uncomplicated fashion with luxurious materials are among the highlights, like from The Row. In terms of setting, Raf Simons wins for Calvin Klein. He filled an entire room with popcorn and walked models in knitted hats and heavy coats with dresses. Marc Jacobs, however, delivered the most impressive show by far: bold silhouettes, great colors and materials, plus mega styling. Further highlights: Victoria Beckham and Matthew Adams Dolan.

Bottega Veneta: 

The Row:

See Now Buy Now

The first designs by Mansur Gavriel (great cashmere) and Ralph Lauren (chic ties) are already on sale. Not everything is available yet, however, but the collections are getting more complete every day.

Biggest Social Media Hype

Probably the biggest hype was around the show from The Row. Within a very short period of time, fashion lovers – or at the very least now, exposed Olsen-Obsessives – revealed their snapshots and videos of the twins. It wasn’t actually so much about the collection as it was about the two designers. (We probably consumed all the material.)

Biggest Trend

Animal prints could experience a revival this season. Many designers noticeably chose tiger, leopard, and zebra patterns. We’ll keep an eye on this potential trend – to be continued!


What would the Fashion Weeks be without street style? Some say it would be much calmer – others say it would be quite boring. Our favorite photographers such as Tommy Ton, Phil Oh, and Sandra Semburg were definitely on the job.


It wasn’t just shows competing over the 10 days, but also events and parties. Frame celebrated its fifth birthday (happy birthday!) and snapped up ABBA as a show act (ok, a cover band) and Jimmy Choo hosted a dinner with Off-White’s Virgil Abloh for the global launch of the collection on February 21st. Veronika visited Bottega Veneta’s new mega store on Madison Avenue on her short trip to New York and dined with Chloé and The Webster.

Madeleine is a fashion journalist. For as long as she can remember she has been passionate about fashion and accessories, in particular cashmere sweaters and jewelry. After five years of working at Vogue Germany’s fashion department in Munich, she decided to encounter a new challenge and move to Berlin. Her role at hey woman! allows her to combine her passion for styling, creative directing and writing. Madeleine is also good at imitating a Swiss accent and trying to be a cook.

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