Come March, Kamali is launching a new line, Kamalikulture. Everything in the collection will sell for under $100, focusing on timeless dresses, suiting and swimwear. Available exclusively online, the collection is based on an idea the designer first came up with back in the ’70s, when she wore a lot of vintage dresses from the ’30s: creating “antiques for the future.” Kamali explains: “Like the dresses I was wearing from the ’30s, I wanted my styles to be worn in the future. There are a number of styles in the Kulture collection that I actually designed in 1974, like the all-in-one dress.” Her main collection, too, focuses on the idea of timelessness with a smidge of the ’30s, thanks to polka dots and turbans.
Flouncy gold lamé dresses and foulard prints popped up in Lepore’s bohemian fall collection, inspired by “tarot reading with Oscar Wilde.” Looks in chartreuse and cyan lent a modern jolt to the gypsy-inspired beaded tops and lace skirts.
To debut its first ever globally-focused collection (phasing out designs targeted specifically to certain locales like Asia or Europe), Levi’s pulled off another first with the help of 48 models: its debut New York Fashion Week show. The aim was to show the brand in a more elegant and refined way—a vision three years in the making—by working its signature denim in new treatments and silhouettes.
Young designer Suzanne Rae Pelaez—who, by the way, would love to dress Tilda Swinton—went the “poetic and rock’n’roll” route for fall, inspired by the “internal revolution” of Jim Morrison, Aldous Huxley, and William Blake. Diaphanous white cape blouses and leather corset dresses were juxtaposed against lots of velvet, the first time Pelaez tried her hand at the fabric.
A crowd of cocktail-laden guests mingled in Tahari’s showroom as his models (some of whom were the designer’s friends, family, and staff) chatted, smiled, and moved about their display vignettes. A tight palette of cool blues, greens, and purples colored everything from alpaca fur coats to simple cropped pants.