Here we are! End of September. Laura and I are back from NYC fashion week and are headed to Paris Fashion Week in just one week. I’m off-gassing trends from the Spring/Summer 2018 buying trip that we saw for a week straight, and while they are fresh in my creative head space, thought I would share!

The NYC shows kicked off with a gorgeous bang courtesy of Tom Ford. Structured blazers in denim, rose gold, and white leather dusters strutted the runway with notes of metallic and soft shirred dresses galore. He really nailed the tailored look, but kept it easy and breezy as well (for us Californians of course). What soon followed was an  Americana story- a cheerful, spirited rally with tons of stars and stripes in between from Self-Portrait, Phillip Lim and Zero + Maria Cornejo. We saw this trickle down in to an Italian knitwear line we carry, and that I am sure is one of your favorites from Allora- Amina Rubinacci.

OH! We can’t forget to talk about CEO Tesla Elon Musk’s mother, Maye Musk, the model of the moment! Who at age 68, is busy with both grandkids and fashion shows. She walked in both Zero + Maria Cornejo’s show, and Korean concept line (that we also carry in store), Lie Sang Bong’s runway show and rocked it. (See images below)

No neutral ground here, the statement was clear when it comes to the preferred spring palette: primary colors- bright, saturated hues either monochromatically or color blocked. It worked, and we touched on it- but don’t worry, we will stick to our typical color palette… I’ll let you interpret for yourself on that one.

Satin and shine, as well as mixed prints made their appearance. Satin was the dominant fabric during the shows and the collections we saw for two great reasons. First, its sheen instantly elevates any silhouette; second, its inherent fluidity and lightness makes it comfortable to wear all night long. Like PJ’s! Designer Nili Lotan opted for liquid dresses and pant suits! Groovy. Here in Cali, pair back with a yummy cashmere and a strappy sandal for an evening out to Luckys for a martini. Done.

Oh- I forgot to touch on mixed prints. The prints… were prints. They were tasteful and fun, added texture, and we brought some in for you. You’re welcome.

This was a mouthful, if I lost you and you just wanted to see pretty pictures from our trip, see below! We shall see if these trends dribble in to the streets of Paris! I’ll be sure to share.

xo, Tj

Concept Korea, LIE SS18 New York Fashion Week