Oxford Fashion Studio Brings 14 Independent Designers to New York Fashion Week

Courtesy: Oxford Fashion Studio
Courtesy: Oxford Fashion Studio
Courtesy: Oxford Fashion Studio
Courtesy: Oxford Fashion Studio
Courtesy: Oxford Fashion Studio
Courtesy: Oxford Fashion Studio
Courtesy: Oxford Fashion Studio

Creation From Around The World

On Saturday, February 9, Oxford Fashion Studio presented 14 designers over the course of two shows at Pier 59 Studios in New York City. The collections ranged from eveningwear to street-style, including both mens and womens.  

At 4 p.m, the goal for the fashion group is to highlight independent fashion designers from all over the world, giving them a platform to showcase their work. Oxford Fashion Studio has worked with nearly 700 designers, from over 70 different countries, over the past 10 years. This year, the designers showcased their work to a full-house on the NYFW runway.  

Chaahat Thakker presented her collection, DEPLICO, exploring  construction and color through a variety of media including sculpture, kirigami, and collage. The results were dynamic silhouettes and playful details; challenging  consumers’ notions of a wearable garment. Armed with a diverse visual arts background, Thakker explores fashion as equal parts wearable art and functional design. 

Poli & Jo was born out of East End of London, Spitalfileds, the birth seed of effortless edginess and cool creativity. The Defender collection is Poli & Jo’s take on the cotton bag trend.  Made with the same high-quality material Land Rover uses for its convertibles, these pieces provide the ultimate longevity and sustainability while staying classically stylish.  

Farah Naz designs are inspired by nature, specifically the Lotus; a delicate flower with many layered petals arrayed around a strong core.  Rooted in the mud, the lotus rises to blossom clean and bright, symbolizing purity and resurrection.  Hand embroidered with Swarovski crystals, rhinestones, crystals beads, pearls, sequins, silk threads adorning each look; the collection began with cobalt blues and carmine reds; transitioning through black to close the show in snowy whites. Fabrics used within the collection are tulle, French lace, silk, and cashmere. 

Designer, Ron Ramos, connected his aesthetic of luxury and tailoring by playing with the idea of soft and hard.  The collection used an opposition of heavy and light textiles from leather to georgette to crepe to crepe back satin, resulting in sultry-luxe workwear that transitions from day to night. For this FW19 collection, the pieces are interchangeable, additive, and layered amongst the collection itself or from within your existing closet. The ideologies of this collection genuinely convey the designer’s principle of dressing; embodying effortless luxury and strength. 

Using cruelty-free silks, naturally dyed fabrics, and recycled materials, Seray Sacan  incorporates her eco-friendly ethos into each of her pieces.  The Boholective Wave collection of Minzou 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) Minzkou weaves together and further embellishes these materials to create a collection that reflects the splendor and endless wonder of the stars glittering in our skies.  

The collection of Jisu Lim is conceptual; reflecting the designer’s own interpretation of every object within a concept with modern, edgy and trendy aesthetic.  “My collection is inspired by the ‘Post No Bill’ sign around construction area. This sign is the most familiar thing that I am exposed to in my daily life, as a New Yorker.” says the designer. “The phrase refers to many cities’ laws which forbid the posting of handbills, or any type of advertisement on the construction walls in order to keep the walls clean. However, I always think it is such an irony that the construction walls itself ruin the beauty of this city.” Jisu Lim’s collection is about recreation, circulation, and the beauty inside of the ugliness. 

The NC by Charly Nzogang collection showcased an eclectic, pragmatic, and ecological view of the industry. Each piece from the collection metamorphosizes into the future with flowing pieces armed with interesting gathered details and necklines. Designed for women who love change and modern architecture; the NC woman likes to bring the spectacular in to her fashion every day, while remaining chic, elegant, and sexy. 

Jyu Ri Ri’s FW19 collection is titled “EGO-FRIENDLY”.  Overcoming  opposition from family regarding her desire to pursue fashion, Jyu Ri Ri respects women who fight for what they want. “EGO-FRIENDLY” is an ode to the strong-willed women, and is intended to be gear for warriors in their daily lives. The designer served up this dynamic collection made with materials like Mohair, Velvet, Embroidery, Extra Fine Wool creating cozy and chic looks.

As 6 p.m. struck, ‘Shinaburo’ is a Korean ancient word which means ‘little by little, gradually’.  C’EST D is determined to change society’s perspective of the fashion industry.  Challenging society’s norms cannot be achieved overnight. Parsons School of Design, Fashion Design alumni and designer, Doyeon Yoni Yu, supports body positivity and size inclusivity. She’s bringing those into her designs and unapologetically designing fashion for all types of bodies featuring unexpected yet delightful color combinations and creative use of fabrics to accentuate the female silhouette. 

In view of the rampant gun shootings in the USA; the collection titled CODE 417 broke boundaries and brought a relevant awareness to the runway. Code 417 is the police radio code used in New York : Person with a Gun. Topped with bucket hats and coordinating surgical masks, their heightened expressive street style aims to inspire a deeper conversation.  Fabrics and materials used were denim, cotton, nylon, PU coated materials and quilted Fabric. OUT OF ORDER is a streetwear label started by 3 friends passionate about this new category in fashion. Although all three are of Asian heritage, each were brought up and are currently living in different parts of the world.  

Delayne Dixon’s brand was inspired by empowered women unafraid to step out of societal standards. DIXON showcased pieces that are alternatively romantic and finished off with a cutting-edge. This season’s collection of DIXON is all about embracing your inner vixen. Posh fabrics, such as luxe faux furs mixed with shiny vinyl and bold metallics, gave each look a vivid statement on the runway. “After all, fashion should not be confined and we strive to create emotion for our viewers.” says designer Delayne Dixon. 

Meg Beck’s AW19 is a collection that takes inspiration from historically feminine looks, grunge, and the athleticwear of her childhood. Using tulle, cotton floral prints, handcrafted grid fabrics, and repurposed materials, Meg’s collection blends many textures and forms. By modernizing and altering traditional women’s wear, FW19 looks to celebrate valuable aspects of femininity without enforcing regressive gender roles. 

Pheren Couture FW19 collection, LACRIMOSA, pulls inspiration from both nature and the interior of the Royal Palace. Incorporating lace, crystals, pearls, and tulle; these illusion centric red carpet ready gowns were completed with haunting masks.  A twisted cros s-cultural ode to the European and Indonesian Majapahit Empire.  

Born in Milan and raised in Shanghai, designer Nina D. Quantas moved to the U.S. as a teenager. Her interests led to a lifetime desire to redefine what it means to dress feminine, without losing sight of what makes you an individual. Seamlessly combining timeless inspirations with modern aesthetics, like a meteor shine cross the city sky, this collection features bold looks that illuminate the urban women in any occasion; including coats that left guest searching for instant access. 

Daniel Quintanilla

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