Location: Upper East Side, NYC
One color I saw a lot of at New York Fashion Week 2018 was red. At ANVEGLOSA, designer Annette Chan presented a visionary collection with deep shades of this most fiery of colors. The inspiration for her F/W 18 collection was a celebration of theatrical art, which offers every woman the chance to explore her creativity. Red, white, and black were her dominant colors to symbolize the ornaments, habiliments, and performers echoed by her inspiration. My favorite looks were the four she showed in a rich shade of wine-red. I was particularly drawn to the snappy coatdress with short sleeves – belted at the waist and finished off with a beret and matching tights. It felt a little bit Parisian and a little bit superwoman. Chan has a deft hand when it comes to handling her signature fabric: leather. She is a self-taught tailor who prioritizes practicality and function as well as style with her collections.
At HEAVEN PLEASE+, the collection was also punctuated with pops of red. Most of the looks had at least a touch of the color, whether is be gloves, shoes, tights, or a blouse peeking out. The team of two designers, Yi Chan and Lary Cheung, drew inspiration for their F/W 18 collection from literature, mixed with the culture and style of Hong Kong. They pushed boundaries when it came to their shapes and proportions. While their silhouettes might not at first strike you as the most practical, they are at the same time intriguing and possessed a polish that could easily translate to the street. I found myself highly entertained by the entire collection.