. . . And that’s a good thing, especially when, like Cardi B, Paris Jackson, Grace Elizabeth, and Ashley Graham, among many others, you will soon pour your proud self into the best looks from New York Fashion Week. For Fall 2018, let your feminine/feminist flag fly.
The revelations of the past six months that have coalesced into the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements have had us thinking a lot about the opening salvos of the sexual revolution and the heroines of those early battles for equality in the workplace and the bedroom. This winter, we found ourselves intently listening to the emotionally honest chanteuses of the ’60s and ’70s and, in particular, to Carly Simon, admiring her lovely melodies and unflinching yet poetic candor. When we watched the Fall 2018 runways in New York, what stood out were the clothes that shared the qualities we so admire in Simon: fierce, unapologetic femininity and feminism, head to toe.
On the final day of the collections, Fashion Editor Jorden Bickham and director Charlotte Wales gathered a gaggle of our favorite collaborators—including Cardi B, Paris Jackson, Ashley Graham, Karen Elson, Grace Elizabeth, Isabeli Fontana, Elsa Hosk, and Cindy Bruna, among others—for a gorgeous sing-along to “You’re So Vain.” Did it matter that not one of these ladies was alive when Simon first unleashed this diatribe to fill in the blank (Warren Beatty?) nearly 50 years ago? Not at all. Truth and beauty know no age . . . and who among us has not had some dreams that were merely clouds in our coffee? Behold, the beautiful fall.
“I bet you think” . . . this dress is unflattering, but you’d be wrong. From Raf Simons for Calvin Klein and worn here by Jean Campbell, it’s wafty in front, narrow and delicate in back, and both earthy and angelic to the nth degree. This is what captivating looks like.
JEAN CAMPBELL IN CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC Space Blanket overdress and couture sleeve dress, both price upon request, Calvin Klein, NYC, 212.292.9000; Manolo Blahnik Tres leather sandals, $745, barneys.com
“Like you were walking onto a yacht” . . . which seems the natural environment for these two high-gloss, deftly embroidered evening dresses from Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Oscar de la Renta. Grace Hartzel and Karen Elson couldn’t agree more.
GRACE HARTZEL IN Oscar de la Renta tulle gown with Hardwick embroidery, $12,490, and black moire Lex sandals, $790, for information: oscardelarenta.com KAREN ELSON IN Oscar de la Renta silk chiffon sequin dress, $10,590, for information: oscardelarenta.com; Dries Van Noten gold leather sandals, $750, Barneys New York, NYC, 212.826.8900
“All the girls dreamed” . . . that they could be as game-changing as Cardi B or don something as fabulous as Area by Piotrek Panszczyk and Beckett Fogg, the influential creators of wicked-cool eveningwear.
CARDI B IN Area velvet dress with crystal trim, $965, crystal earring hair clip, $285, and perfume bottle earrings, price upon request, for information: barneys.com
“Such a pretty pair” . . . Hannah Ferguson anchors Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte’s lace confection of a dress with a shoulder train with steely, shimmery ankle boots.
HANNAH FERGUSON IN Rodarte blue tulle blouse and three-tier ruffle skirt, both price upon request, for information: modaoperandi.com; Spanx Haute Contour Nouveau bodysuit, $148, net-a-porter.com; D.Bleu.Dazzled Dazzling sheer tights, $125, dbleudazzled.com; Manolo Blahnik silver glitter ankle boots, price upon request, 212.249.6552
“You walked into the party” . . . and all heads turned, as though you were as spectacular as Yasmin. The coat by Carolina Herrera is a party in itself; the dress by Christian Siriano, a closet classic in the making.
YASMIN GEURTS IN Carolina Herrera feather and metallic fringe coat, $14,990, Carolina Herrera, NYC, 212.249.6552; Christian Siriano black velvet crystal dress, $1,400, for information: christiansiriano.com; Giuseppe Zanotti Sabine suede sandals, $995, for information: giuseppezanotti.com DANCERS IN Afrm dress; Norma Kamali top, shorts, and pants; D.Bleu.Dazzled tights; Yandy and Very Fine shoes
“Your hat strategically dipped below one eye” . . . but was it made by Marc Jacobs to finish off a kickass, mega-statement coat and boot ensemble, worn here and in the show by Tara Lynn? We think not.
TARA LYNN IN Marc Jacobs long coat with funnel neck, $695, scarf, price upon request, black leather boots, $450, and Stephen Jones for Marc Jacobs hat, $450, Marc Jacobs, NYC, 212.343.1490
“You watched yourself gavotte” . . . so you need a dress worthy of such a dance. Grace Elizabeth is ready for all fetes and danses in Michael Kors’s strapless cocktail frock.
GRACE ELIZABETH IN Michael Kors duchesse draped strapless dress, Judith pumps, and embroidered tulle gloves, all price upon request, Michael Kors, NYC, 212.452.4685
“You had me” . . . at the Alexander Wang dagger-heeled pumps, and his dress is perfection, too. Adut Akech makes body-con relevant for today.
ADUT AKECH IN Alexander Wang bustier dress, $1,195, CEO pumps, $995, and Gentle Monster x Alexander Wang sunglasses, price upon request, for information: alexanderwang.com; D.Bleu.Dazzled Diamond Girl crystal fishnets, $100, dbleudazzled.com
“And your horse naturally won” . . . You’ll spend those winnings on a beaded, satin animal-spot trouser suit by Tom Ford, worn here by Luna Bijl and Birgit Kos.
LUNA BIJL AND BIRGIT KOS IN Tom Ford green and red embroidered jaguar-print suits, square-toe slingback heels, black leather headbands, and silver hoop earrings, all price upon request, Tom Ford, NYC, 212.359.0300
“Son of a gun!” The vintage-inspired night dress for day is a trend and nowhere as pretty than from Tory Burch, worn here by Jean Campbell.
JEAN CAMPBELL IN Tory Burch Camila dress, $1,498, Georgina ankle booties, $398, and wishbone rings in gold and silver, $148 each, Tory Burch, NYC, 212.510.8371
“I had some dreams” . . . and they all involved looking as cheeky chic as Sara Grace, Dilone, Olivia, and Yuka in their shrunken Adam Selman new wave numbers, pointy flat boots, and serious watches.
SARA GRACE WALLERSTEDT IN Adam Selman Carlotta tiger embroidered dress, $595, leather boots, price upon request, and Adam Selman x Le Specs Heartbreaker sunglasses, $119, for information: adamselman.com; Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore self-winding chronograph caliber 2385 watch, $29,300, for information: audemarspiguet.com OLIVIA ANAKWE IN Adam Selman tiger embroidered trench, $975, white shirt, $325, Sandy pants, $325, heart leather belt, $395, leather boots, price upon request, necktie, price upon request, and Adam Selman x Le Specs Heartbreaker sunglasses, $119, for information: adamselman.com; Audemars Piguet Royal Oak frosted-gold self-winding manufacture caliber 3120 watch, $49,600, for information: audemarspiguet.com DILONE IN Adam Selman Bottom of My Heart crystal minidress, $1,250, leather boots, price upon request, and Adam Selman x Le Specs Heartbreaker sunglasses, $119, for information: adamselman.com; Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore self-winding chronograph caliber 2385 watch, $29,300, for information: audemarspiguet.com YUKA MANNAMI IN Adam Selman sparkle bralette, $225, Sandy sparkle pants, $425, Adam Selman leather boots, price upon request, and Adam Selman x Le Specs Heartbreaker sunglasses, $119, for information: adamselman.com; Audemars Piguet Millenary hand-wound manufacture 520 watch, $47,000, for information: audemarspiguet.com
“Don’t you, don’t you” . . . want to own your chains, and look as free and fabulous as Isabeli Fontana in Proenza Schouler’s slyly sexy frock?
ISABELI FONTANA IN Proenza Schouler black chiffon dress and tights, both price upon request, suede platform pumps, $855, and raw snowflake obsidian earrings, $595, Proenza Schouler, NYC, 212.420.7300
“Your scarf, it was apricot” . . . which is not half as memorable as Tomas Maier for Bottega Veneta’s apricot velvet gown, worn here by Oumie Jammeh. The sultriest and most packable solution for evening, period.
OUMIE JAMMEH IN Bottega Veneta marigold silk dress, cotton bra top, belt, and leather boots, all price upon request, for information: Bottega Veneta, 800.845.6790
“You’re so vain” . . . that you can pull off a wedding dress any old day. Who needs an actual wedding to have an excuse to wear Vaquera’s ruffled stunner? Paris Jackson rocks it beautifully.
PARIS JACKSON IN Vaquera Virgin Bride gown and rosary, both price upon request, for information: vaquera.nyc; La Perla bodysuit, $1,295, laperla.com
“Well, you’re where you should be all the time” . . . and that’s wearing cleverly conceptual, curve-loving dresses by Eckhaus Latta all day, every day. Ashley Graham, Cindy Bruna, and Elsa Hosk are in on this secret.
CINDY BRUNA IN Eckhaus Latta column dress, price upon request, for information: eckhauslatta.com; Schutz Frankenstein beige strap heel, price upon request, for information: schutz-shoes.com ASHLEY GRAHAM IN Eckhaus Latta Mane dress, price upon request, for information: eckhauslatta.com; Sergio Rossi rose gold crystal sandal, $1,100, for information: sergiorossi.com ELSA HOSK IN Eckhaus Latta yellow Slink dress, price upon request, for information: eckhauslatta.com; Schutz Frankenstein beige strap heels, price upon request, for information: schutz-shoes.com