The first word that comes to mind when I think of Michael Costello’s 2018 collection is dreamy. Often when we think about dreams, propositions of impossible, unrealistic, and even delusional come to mind. Costello, however, was able to meet dreams come true at the Robert Miller Gallery this season at New York Fashion Week. Innovations are mistakenly assumed to stem from the most impossible of dreams, but dreams don’t come from a blank slate. They are born of our very own potential. Dreams start with a foundation, they begin with a structure in place. New York Fashion Week is notorious for outlandish ensembles and pushing the envelope, which is a good thing because it’s how trends, innovations, and progressions are established. Now more than ever, I see people (in terms of fashion and beyond) begin each new dream from scratch. There were a lot of similarities between the collection this year
I had to pee so bad. (that’s how all great blog posts start, right?) It was the first day of NYFW and I had already forgotten about my obligatory human duties like consuming food and taking bathroom breaks. We walked into the Skylight Moynihan Station around 2:20 pm – thank goodness all these shows always run fashionably late. I was going to stand to get a better view, but I threw the towel in. My aching feet were screaming at me to sit down from trekking around in these pointed toe, ankle strapped heels (at least they’re sparkly, which helps equilibrate things). My bladder probably wasn’t going to hold up for another fifteen minutes (if it did start anytime soon). My passionate, world dominating heart was fading from running on 3 hours of sleep as my head shamingly said, “it’s just another fashion show”. I was one of those influencers that I pledged not to be on our car ride up.
Tuesday had me running back and forth across the city to two amazing shows – Michael Costello and Lupe Gajardo! First up was Michael Costello, a Project Runway finalist whose designs can be seen on the Red Carpet and have a celebrity clientele, including Beyoncé and the Kardashians. The show was a packed house, with celebrity guests Chris Brown and Christina Millian. Models graced the runway in glamorous evening wear. Lace, sheer textures, cut-outs and deep-v necklines dominated the runway in mainly black and silver. Sparkling sequins emblazoned crop tops and floor length gowns, and structured, elegant fur jackets were paired with sassy skirts. His structured and edgy designs are made to embrace the female body, and truly give a modern twist to the little black dress. A favorite of mine was a floor length, deep-v sheer and shimmery gown! Next on the agenda was Lupe Gajardo, an up-and-coming designer from Chile. After an overbooking fiasco, I managed to