Downtown Bustles with NYFW 2018

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Photo courtesy of BC.J Paris.

The downtown streets have been bustling for the past several days with a collection of shows being put on for New York Fashion Week. Designers put their Fall and Winter 2018 lines on display at the forefront of the modern fashion scene.

 

Palmiers du Mal – February 7th, 2018 “utOpium

Photo: Courtesy of Palmiers du Mal

Palmiers du Mal presented their fifth collection titled, utOpium, in a luxury bar hidden under the Mondrian Park Avenue Hotel. Typically a menswear brand, they expanded this season to more gender-agnostic shapes, reinforcing the exploratory spirit that their label captures “utOpium is the fullest iteration yet of the Palmiers du Mal essence” said Creative Director Shane Fonner.

The utOpium collection, which is entirely produced in the U.S., brings new shapes and a darker, saturated color palette. A few of the key pieces include a white marbled faux-fur surf poncho, Japanese watercolor cotton tailored shirts, and a robe-like Neneko with striking accents. The brand emphasizes using materials from all over the word to align with idea that their collection is developed for the inquisitive and open-minded wanderer.

 

Prostate Cancer Foundation – February 7th, 2018 “Second Annual Blue Jacket Fashion Show

Photo: Courtesy of The Prostate Cancer Foundation

February marks the famous New York Fashion Week but is also Cancer Prevention Month. This past week, The Prostate Cancer Foundation held the Second Annual Blue Jacket Fashion show hosted by comedian Judy Gold. The show aims to bring together fashion, entertainment, healthcare, and media to openly discuss men’s cancer issues with a focus on prostate cancer.

Models, actors, and entertainers wore one-of-a-kind blue jackets down the runway. The collection included blazers designed by Michael Kors, John Varvatos, Geoffery Beene, Greg Norman, Ryan Seacrest, Son Jung Wan, Edwige Pierre and more.

Bill Nye, Doctor Mike, Don Lemon, Dr. Mehmet Oz at the Blue Jacket Fashion Show NYFW 2018. Photo: Courtesy of The Prostate Cancer Foundation

“We are so grateful to the Blue Jacket Fashion Show, not only for their generous financial support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s lifesaving research but also for putting this issue, which is oftentimes in the shadows of public awareness, front and center in the spotlight, on a runway in NYC during Fashion Week,” said Jonathan W. Simons, MD, PCF president and CEO.

 

BC.J Paris by SIJUN – February 11th, 2018 “Autumn / Winter 2018

Photo: Courtesy of BC.J Paris

Independent designer SIJUN debuted her brand BC.J Paris‘ inaugural Autumn/Winter collection this week. With a background in Fine Arts, SIJUN used fashion as her medium of choice to create womenswear.

BC.J Paris created pieces that convey a sense of emotion and personality, with a hint of mischievous and mystery. The Autumn/Winter 2018 collection is inspired by Neo-Expressionist artist Egon Schiele. His intense work inspired SIJUN, and is reflected in this collection with her use of fearless color palettes, detailed embroidery, and geometric prints.

Photo: Courtesy of BC.J Paris.

 

 

Vivienne Hu – February 13, 2018 “Fall / Winter 2018 Collection

Photo: Courtesy of Vivienne Hu

This season, New York-based designer Vivienne Hu looked to her Chinese heritage for inspiration. She was particularly inspired by the Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes, a cultural and religious crossroads in Gansu, China. The colors, textures, and mood of the caves encouraged Hu to implement styles using rich ambers, greens, indigoes, and cinnabar tones.

This show also brought the presentation of the new collaboration of Vivienne Hu and Tencent Co., the Chinese digital media and telecom conglomerate. VHNY x Tencent Qzone sneaker is the first collaboration for the brand with global leader Tencent Co. and Qzone, a social media platform in China used by more than 600 million people. Their Qzone sneaker features a pattern reminiscent of Chinese artistry overtop technology which lights the shoe in an array of colors.