American Women Bloom In Spring-Summer 2023

DENNIS BASSO

OUR FAVORITE RUNWAY LOOKS FROM NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 

Last week, the Spring-Summer 2023 New York Fashion Week season stirred up the excitement of what will surely be the precedent that sets the tone for next year. As usual, the week came and went in what seemed to pass like the blink of an eye. Although the week-long event featured hundreds of runway shows, this feature will focus on elegant designs and fine craftsmanship. 

This season, over 100 brands presented their collections on the official fashion calendar, including Italian luxury brands Fendi and Marni. Several brands were celebrating significant milestones, including Dennis Basso’s 40th anniversary, Pamela Roland’s 20 years of inspiration, and Fendi celebrating 25 years of the iconic Baguette bag. The fashion business is evolving into the modern era from various deterrents, including heavy rain storms and too many off-site locations. 

American Women Are Ready To Bloom:

This season, both body conscious and free-flowing, their flattering silhouettes deliver on the promise that American women are ready to bloom. Elegant dresses adorned with sequin inlay sets and extravagant gowns – and many  constructed with sustainable practices. I could not help but notice the stunning models clutching their hems to help them command the runway with attractive glamour—a newfound opulence.

In fact, upon reviewing the collections, one thing was clear to me, the evening wear-inspired groups made a dazzling return with a heft dose of American Pride. The fresh styles give a new generation of women a way to harness their visions of beauty and fantasy.

Ahead, check out the best runway looks from the Spring-Summer 2023 shows and a glimpse of what women can purchase for elegant affairs slated for spring/summer 2023. Come back throughout the week for updates. Here are some of the top highlights you missed from September’s NYFW.

PAMELA ROLAND: 

                Pamella Roland Spring/Summer 23 Runway Show. Image Courtesy of Imaxtree. 

The 20th-anniversary runway draws inspiration from Pamella Roland’s New York City home base. Select classics illustrating Pamella’s iconic style highlight and encapsulate the company’s history. A modern era of elegance is found across the collection and throughout the fabrics, feathers, and intricate hand embroideries that represent the bold style of the Pamella Roland woman.

DENNIS BASSO:

Courtesy of Dennis Basso/ Getty images. 

In celebration of the 40th anniversary, this Spring/Summer 2023 collection draws inspiration from two things paramount to Dennis in dressing for women, a sense of place and a sense of occasion, in this case, capturing the mood of an evening in a gorgeous American garden., These are cocktail dresses, gowns, palazzo pants, and slim trousers inspired by their alluring luster and elegant forms. Floral, fun, sophisticated, and sensual, this is classic glamour for today’s modern woman. Fabrics include silk chiffon, gazar, duchess satin, point d’espirit, corded lace, embroidery, and touches of feathers and hand-beading.

FENDI: 

Courtesy of Fendi

Celebrating 25 years of the Baguette’s “ it bag” status,  the collection featured men’s and women’s ready-to-wear items along with updated variations of the Baguette. Utilitarian motifs are displayed on the runway with more fun jackets with double-zip closures and envelope-sized pocket enclosures. Street style elements of technical outerwear and layered knits were also an important focal point for Kim Jones (Fendi’s Artistic Director of Couture and Womenswear), and  Silvia Venturini (Fendi’s Artistic Director of Accessories and Menswear), as they both explored a melange of new and familiar territory for Resort 2023.

ALICE + OLIVIA BY STACEY BENDET:

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 10: A model poses during the alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Spring 2023 Presentation on September 10, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet)

Launched in 2002, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet is a brand that allows women to express their style. With clothing that juxtaposes the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, a+o epitomizes the personality and perspective of its founder, Stacey Bendet. The brand is a Hollywood favorite with celebrity fans, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Gigi Hadid, and Jessica Alba.  

JASON WU: 

                                                           Courtesy of  JASON WU

The collection celebrates America. Wu collaborated with contemporary artist Leonardo Pucci, who provided the sensual yet provocative print language. Wu explores the art of “Shibari” a Japanese bondage technique that highlights the juxtaposition between fragility and strength contrasted with florals.  “ People are dressing up again, and now every moment is a moment, and why shouldn’t it be” exclaims Jason Wu. The collection is a celebration of American craftsmanship. 

Andrew Kwon: *Debut Evening Wear Collection* 

Courtesy of Andrew Kwon: *Debut eveningwear collection* 

Andrew Kwon, 26, is a Korean-American emerging fashion designer of his eponymous label, ANDREW KWON. Kwon graduated from Parsons, the New School for Design, in 2019. He found his passion for the world of luxury bridal and evening wear through his various internships with Chloe, Vera Wang, Marchesa, and Nicolas Caito. ANDREW KWON is currently available through his NY atelier, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus, and he has plans to expand internationally. 

Chiara Boni:

Courtesy of Chiara Boni 

For her return to New York Fashion Week, Chiara Boni invited her guests to a joyful runway show on September 13, 2022, in the Gallery at Spring Studios in New York City. The collection has an infusion with the cheerful ambiance of a summer wedding party. Micro and maxi florals triumph in a kaleidoscopic color palette: it spans from more subdued and discreet shades to touches of fuchsia and pink. Romantic flowers with a dreamy vibe blossom from maxi and mini jersey dresses. Show-stopping lurex dresses exalt the collection’s celebratory mood, and artfully draped dresses crafted from a coated, lightweight fluid jersey are part of the lineup.


LoveShackFancy:

Courtesy LoveShackFancy

LoveShackFancy is a collection rich in detail and inspired by vintage finds. The brand originated from Rebecca Hessel Cohen’s desire to design the perfect bridesmaid dress. The brand gained a dedicated following from its romantic pieces and hand-dyed silk dresses. 

Ulla Johnson:

The Ulla Johnson Spring/Summer 2023 Collection unfolds within the sky-lit hall of the Beaux-Arts Court at the Brooklyn Museum.

The Ulla Johnson Spring/Summer 2023 Collection unfolds within the sky-lit hall of the Beaux-Arts Court at the Brooklyn Museum. The collection’s fabrics transcend weightlessness and density levels: silk organza and translucent pleated chiffon hover gently across the body, contrasting with thickly hand-loomed linen and Italian textured suiting that hug the form. Luxuriously slouched layers give way to side slits, and the cut-out collection’s fabrics transcend weightlessness and density levels knit frocks and separate, broderie Anglaise, and otherworldly crochet and appliqué mesh simultaneously reveal and conceal fluttering ruffles of silk and lace.

 Using reliable manufacturing methods–featuring fresh styles such as a gathered skirt, seasonal hues of cassis and cowrie, and an embroidered jean and matching jacket. New fabrications include the Guatemalan Striped Handloom Suiting, created in collaboration with a cooperative of Mayan women, which preserves cultural textile traditions while providing the artisans with financial independence. The Ikat Mirage Suiting and gauzy cover-ups are woven by master weavers in India, while the Prismatic shibori printed silk twill is hand-dyed by a women-led collective in Bangalore using sustainable dying practices and natural fibers. The collection constructs beauty through the mystical splendor of the earth.

ALEJANDRA ALONSO ROJAS:

ALEJANDRA ALONSO ROJAS. Courtesy of Alejandra Rojas

This season, the collection is full of delicate curves and beautiful shapes designed to allow the wearer to feel comfortable at formal affairs. Her love of movement and dance proves the body bends and transforms in so many different ways 


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