Rihanna On A Motorbike, Neon Brights, Anti-Chafing & More From The Ready-To-Wear Runways

Fashion Week fabulous at its finest.

New York Fashion Week’s shows and many, many parties and celebrations have seemed particularly extravagant this year: not only by sheer volume of after-party cocktails (and a few mid-runway tipples, too), but the fabulous functions that have taken place to celebrate launches and anniversaries. At the top of the schedule, makeup artist Pat McGrath hosted a “vogueing ball” to launch her first ever cosmetics line, and just a day later RuPaul threw the first of many “Fashion Does Drag Ball” parties to come. As you can imagine, both events were a flurry of sequins, dancing and A-list guests. 

On the runways, some strong trends are already making themselves known, such as glaringly bright palettes and quirky cuts that have us asking whether Nu Rave is ripe for a comeback in 2018? 

Check out everything you missed from the SS18 ready-to-wear shows from the past week: 

tom ford

Images: Vogue.com
Tom Ford kept it very cool and very sexy with a lineup of block-colored outfits ranging from black and white to soft lilacs and dusty pinks through to tennis-ball yellow, orange and electric blue. Many of his models stepped out with no pants on, while others exposed large swathes of back or chest, reminding us that sometimes less really is more. throughout the collection we saw fierce and feminine takes on menswear staples, including broad-shouldered blazers and dinner jackets. 

Kendall + Kylie

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Kendall + Kylie presented a collection of on-the-mark pieces that draw on current emerging trends, such as a lime green cropped hoodie and a signature Kardashian-style bodycon, off-the-shoulder dress that we’re sure Kim will be wearing non-stop. The accessories were definitely influenced by the older sister, with Kendall-approved fanny packs and sharp, retro-style sunglasses appearing throughout the collection. 

calvin klein

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Raf Simons’ latest collection for Calvin Klein was a celebration of all things Americana: from the cowboy-style silk shirts for men and women in ‘50s-esque pop colors to the tasselled bags (and even dresses) that recall cheerleaders’ pom poms. We loved the foundation of grays, blacks and browns for the eventual starburst oranges and yellows to pop off. The accessories really won this collection, with a rainbow of leather goods completing each outfit. 


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We’ve always been impressed by Chromat’s dedication to diversity without compromising on fierceness with its largely swimwear and lingerie-centric collections, and this season was no different. Women and men of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds presented another bold, architectural selection of designs in blues, nudes and reds. We were excited to see a number of denim pieces, including a structured bralette and jeans, make the runway too, possibly hinting at a ready-to-wear line coming in the near-future. In particular, the “anti-chafing” bands worn around the thighs of many models caused a sensation. 

jeremy scott

Images: Businessoffashion.com

It’s always worth keeping an eye on celebrity sweetheart designer Jeremy Scott, especially as this year marked his 20th anniversary on the runway. This season his usual ireverence came out in the form of ‘80s comic book-style monsters printed in neon on sweats and tees with plenty of asymmetrical cuts and bold patterns, including python print pants and camo jackets, coming through, too. The all-star lineup ended with a series of jewel-embellished mesh dresses and leather pieces. 

kaia gerber

1) Alexander Wang (image: Vogue.com) 2) Fenty x Puma (image: Businessoffashion.com) 3) Calvin Klein (image: Wwd.com)

It’s been a big week for Kaia Gerber, who’s been following in her mother’s (Cindy Crawford) stiletto-clad footsteps and walking for a number of major shows, including Calvin Klein, Fenty x Puma and, most notably, Alexander Wang. The 16-year-old has been the youngest a member of the #wanggang for a number of seasons, and this year she opened the show in an asymmetrical white mini dress. 

Mansur Gavriel

Images: Elle.com

What happens when the fashion set’s favorite handbag designer branches out into a ready-to-wear collection? The fashion set goes wild. Mansur Gavriel’s youthful-but-mature style translated perfectly to clothing: the selection is all tastefully oversized pieces of outerwear and perfectly tailored, loose-fitting pants in a rainbow of pastels, falling comfortably between Victoria Beckham's no-nonsense minimalism and the more mature pieces from American Apparel (RIP). Unsurprisingly for this see-now-buy-now collection, stock is already running out at Net-A-Porter, who are selling it exclusively. 

fenty x puma

Images: Businessoffashion.com

Rihanna has proven herself as the queen of Fashion Week: after a hugely successful launch of her Fenty Beauty line in Times Square, she returned to the spotlight with another epic show for her Fenty x Puma collection. If last season’s school-themed runway seemed rebellious, her SS18 ready-to-wear presentation was damn right anarchic: it opened with professional (we hope) stunt people turning tricks on motorbikes inside the Park Avenue Armory. Then the models stepped out. If the pre-show entertainment wasn’t enough of a giveaway, the collection was focussed on extreme sportswear: thigh-high boots referenced biker leathers, all the jackets were covered in climbing cords and the neoprene jumpsuits are of course straight from the surf – we can’t wait to see whether they take off as swimwear or daywear! Either way, we’re down. 

Helmut Lang

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We got our first look at Shayne Oliver’s capsule collection for Helmut Lang, and it was just as wave-making as we’d hoped it to be: one half of the cult streetwear-meets-high-fashion label Hood By Air, Oliver was cherrypicked to work with the Austrian brand in a similar style, and with similar anticipation, to Demna Gvasalia’s move to Balenciaga. Dubbed “Helmut Lang seen by Shayne Oliver,” the collection featured riffs on vintage band tees in a strict, striped-back palette of black, white and red with “Helmut” serving as the band name and plastered on tees and hoodies with a Supreme-style logo. But it’s the “Helmut Autumn Tour 2018” t-shirts that we’re certain will reach icon status among the street style set.  

Jim Carey

There was also this bizarre moment when Jim Carey, dressed to-the-nines on his way to celebrate Harper’s Bazaar’s ICONS event, was stopped by a reporter who hadn't seen him at Fashion Week before and explained that "I wanted to find the most meaningless thing that I could come to and join... and here I am!" Not a great review of the industry, but if you watch on to the end where he says that nothing exists and we don't matter, you can't really take his strange comments to heart. 
Cover image: via @puma on Instagram