The first Sunday of NYFW happened to be our designated first day of rest. After having covered presentations, showroom visits and runways for the last three days, one’s feet and arms don’t react in the way you intend. The resolution was to attend one or two shows early, grab brunch and crash until Monday. At least partially achieved.
If you haven’t heard much about BFDPR, let us enlighten you. At least one out of every two people I’ve met during fashion week were heading to a show they managed / promoted. It helps, I believe, that there is some sort of relationship with the CAAFD, but how in the world did they get so many invitees is mind boggling. Nevertheless, BFDPR was the team responsible for Saku New York and as the trend is becoming fairly obvious they did a great job.
Saku New York is one of those presentations that can clearly drive very mixed feelings. On the one hand, the brand has a huge Asian following and its silhouettes were more befitting of that demographic, noted by those in attendance as well as the stories shared about the show online. This is common of brands led by those of Asian heritage such as Vivienne Hu, Yuna Yang or Tadashi Shoji. On the other hand, the collection featured decidedly European accents such as frills, lace patterns and basque dresses, while retaining elements of Americana due to color-blocking, varsity-style tops, low-waistlines and asymmetrical slouchy cuts often found in athleisure. Thus it was very hit or miss, but definitely in line with the concept of a more global audience, less rigidly defined by their regionality and more cosmopolitan in their attire. Essentially, the collection was definitively New York.
With a little something for everyone (including no one), Saku New York was definitely one of those collections we feel will grow stronger with a sharper focus and aesthetic. But it serves as a good reminder that this is only the fourth collection from designer Lissa Koo out of Parsons in 2015. Saku New York prides itself in simultaneously including sportiness and feminity into their garments, emphasizing a woman’s beauty while using comfortable fabrics that allow easy movement. Suffice to say, that concept was delivered during their Fall / Winter 2017 presentation.
Well two objectives were sort of met for today. Coverage of one to two shows. Check. Crash until Monday. Super check. Brunch . . . . Until next time.