If there were a season to empower women and get the message right on the runaway, this NYFW was the one. The hottest high fashion brand for women sizes 10-30 brought diversity and beauty to the New York Fashion Week Runway.
Torrid’s Spring 2018 NYFW collection—a mélange of flowy bohemian pieces, denim, sequins, and leather corsetry—was inspired by art and expression, in the words of Torrid designers Liz Munoz & Kim Sippl, who believe that apparel should reflect the many sides of a woman.
Indeed, the pieces on the plus-size label’s runway were both artful and flattering to many body shapes, and allowed for a woman to truly present herself with confidence in both inner and outer beauty.
We were entranced by the presence with which Torrid’s models—all of them beautiful women of varying shapes and sizes—carried themselves, strutted their outfits, their lace detailing and sequin pieces seeming to dance on their own to the catchy music. And we loved the clothes: a harmony of black leather and floral silks, long dresses and fitted jeans, and third layers ranging from military jackets to soft kimonos to embellised denim.
The show took place at the city’s biggest venue, Skylight Charkson Square, where the line to enter was packed. Front row included a star-studded list of fearless-dressed stars, including Orange is the New Black actress Andrienne Moore, Stranger Things Actress Shannon Purser, Ashley Nell Tipton and Miss Jay Alexander.
These are only a few of the names represented in the packed show, ushering in a new era in fashion of diversity and acceptance of many body types and sizes. Bravo!
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KLAD Apparel showed an airy yet strong, natural yet architectural Spring 2018 Collection at Studio 450 in Manhattan, where the sunset of the NYC Skyline was the perfect, natural-lit backdrop to showcase a label that emphasizes the union of fashion and nature, beauty and health.
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Evocative of breezy beaches and structured bamboo, models of many skin tones walked peacefully down the serene, all-white runway in flesh-toned and fresh-white fabrics. The silhouettes, which included a “sand sheer vest,” linen tunics, “drift kimono top,” and cream lounge gowns, transported us to simpler places where the air is clean and the clothes drape easily.
KLAD the label, in the designer’s words, “revolves around a sincere appreciation of the human body, and what clothing can do to enhance it’s natural beauty.” Additionally, they produce their clothing with environmental consciousness, using sustainable and ethical materials with the belief that “an individual’s personal style should not negatively effect the future of our beautiful planet.” The mission of this collection was to elevate the lives of wearers with natural fibers and clean lines, bringing a fresh approach to luxe loungewear.
And as the sun set with a gorgeous gold light on the scene, we felt that indeed, nature is part of fashion and accentuates it, and vice versa.