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New York Fashion Week 2021

GLAMCULT takes a bite from the big apple 👀

Elvin Taravez / Courtesy of BARRAGÁN

The collections know no bounds, and the models get no rest – it was with a quickness that our eyes were pulled overseas as New York fashion week began. There’s far too much to talk about – between a chaotic Telfar broadcast and the Met Gala closing off the week (we’re not going to exhaust the topic any further, don’t worry), there were a few collections and designers that we could not stop thinking about. Fully delving into the sinful, biblical reference in the subtitle, here are our four picks of ‘must-see’ shows – as we’re sad to say it’s over, but love to watch them leave.

RODARTE

 

Courtesy of Rodarde

Courtesy of Rodarte

Rodarte’s SS22 was full of surprises, as traditional spring wedding attire – laces, silks, soft purples, pinks, and yellows – were taken to the next level with daring cuts, quirky patterns, fringe, and sequences. Regardless of whether or not you’re rocking a bedazzled alien poncho, or a lavender balloon dress covered in mushrooms, Rodarte provided us with some daringly elegant pieces.

Hey MTV – why don’t you invite us to your crib??? I think everyone wanted to be a fly on the wall at Webster Hall last Tuesday night, as sneak peaks of BARRAGÁN’s custom collection inspired by Madonna, JLo, and Janet Jackson music videos started circulating on social media. The sexy lace, killer claws, and fake bruises had us absolutely losing it – even Madonna herself wore one of their veils to the VMAs afterparty. BARRAGÁN was all anybody could talk about the next day, creating the perfect buzz to launch their FW21 collection: ‘Mental Health, Vol. 1’. Featuring some cheeky pieces from the VMA show, the collection is just as hot – and just as bold – as the custom pieces made for the MTV overlords. I think it’s safe to say that BARRAGÁN had a pretty amazing week, and we love that for them.

Christelle de Castro / Courtesy of BARRAGÁN

Christelle de Castro / Courtesy of BARRAGÁN

Emerging from the depths of the VMA show, our next must-see is seven stories above the city streets on a SoHo rooftop. Flying Solo features hundreds of independent designers from all around the world, hosting an amalgamation of garment, jewelry, and accessories from designers such as V’Che Label, ELMADAWY, and Dina Melwani Couture. GLAMCULT vigilante and fashion photographer, Dylan Perlot, was on the scene, sending those of us still in ADam his highlights from the show. The designs were immaculate, and so is his taste, as we vicariously lived through his fashion-week adventures.

Courtesy of murderbravado

Courtesy of murderbravado

Our last – but certainly not least – must-see collection is “VESSELS SS-22” by fashion week newbies Ev Bravado and Téla D’Amore – the geniuses behind Who Decides War. There is nothing amateur about these designs, as the luxury streetwear designers brought their signature, printed denim pieces and nylon ballgown out to play for a sophisticated and absolutely stunning debut.

Courtesy of murderbravado

Courtesy of murderbravado

With the past few weeks so hectic – and the next couple looking even more so – we wanted to sit back and really reflect on the shows and designers that transcended all the noise. Each show made its mark in a different way, whether it be ‘wowing’ us with the intricacies and details of the designs, or fueling the energy of the night through fashion, these were some highlights you needed to see. London is creeping closer, but we couldn’t resist another bite from the apple.

Words by Alia Ayoubi.