Over the course of two shows at Pier 59 during fashion week, Oxford Fashion Studio presented 14 designers. For both men and women, their collections ranged from eveningwear to street styles. The goal of the group was to highlight independent fashion designers from all over the world. NYFW gave them all a platform to a full house at the runway.
Chaahat Thakker’s collection for DEPLICO explored construction and color through a variety of media such as sculpture and collages. Clothes were dynamic, with playful and colorfully detailed silhouettes. Armed with an arts background, Thakker introduced wearable artsy pieces and functional designs. Poli and Jo, from East of London, focused on edginess and cool creativity. For their Defender Collection, the cotton bag was a hot trend. While staying classically stylish, their pieces provide the ultimate longevity and sustainability. Designs by Farah Naz are inspired by nature, specifically the lotus flower. Hand-embroidered with Swarovski crystals, with rhinestones, crystals, beads, pearls and silk threads adorning each look, the collection began with colbalt blues and carmine reds. Beautiful gowns were also shown in colors that transitioned through black, and the show was closed with snowy white styles.
Designer Ron Ramos connected his aesthetics of luxury and tailoring by playing with the idea of soft and hard. There were heavy and light textiles from leather to georgette and crepe-backed satin. The look was a sultry-luxe that transitions from work to evening wear. For this fall/winter collection, the pieces were interchangeable, additive and layered. His clothes work with what’s in your closet.
The Boholective collection, designed by Minzon, aims to mimic the elements, formation, shapes and stories of the universe’s galaxies. Incorporating tiny seed beading, hand-knitted ring attachments and eco-friendly fabrics such as raw silk, the designer weaves together a sophisticated collection that incorporates dyed fabrics and recycled materials. The collection of Jisu Lin is conceptual and reflects the designer’s own interpretation of every object that’s modern.
The NC by Charly-Nzogang collection showcased an eclectic, pragmatic and ecological view of the industry. These clothes were futuristic and flowing. Jyu Ri Ri’s collection was titled Eco-Friendly. She respects women who fight for what they want. C’est D brand is determined to change society’s prospective of the fashion industry. Her designs were unapologetic and designed for all types of bodies. Felayne Dixon used posh fabrics for her romantic looks. Meg Beck’s collection was inspired by historical feminine looks, grunge and athletic wear. Preren Couture’s Lacrimosa collection pulls inspiration from nature and the interior of a royal palace. For her red carpet looks, she worked with tulle, lace, crystals and pearls. Born in Milan and raised in Shanghai, designer Nina D. Quantas focused on feminine fashions.