Oxford Fashion Studio took over Pier 59 Studios presenting Spring/Summer 2019 collections from 15 independent fashion designers from all over the globe.
Oxford Fashion Studio held three runway shows throughout the day with the goal of promoting independent fashion designers for the good of creativity. Oxford Fashion Studio serves as a platform to guide brands to the next level with their group runway show concept.
“We began Oxford Fashion Studio with a love of supporting independent design talent. Going all out for individuals we believe in; for the good of independence, originality and integrity. 9 years on we are responsible for continuing to strengthen over 639 independent, quality designers, ranging from over 70 countries, to give them a platform in the four fashion capitals during fashion week. The talents we scout have often been undiscovered in the fashion capitals and we’re incredibly proud to be the ones to bring them to the front line of the industry.” says Runway Director, Tiffany Saunders
This season attracted some of the best designers Oxford Fashion Studio has seen over the past nine years. See below for highlights from each of the designers.
Inspired by the 60’s and 70’s rebellious fashion while reflecting on current global social and political movements, the colour palette is created from a bold kaleidoscopic of floral print simulating confusion and change.
It wraps you and exposes you; it penetrates you and placates you; it shepherds and it sways; it glitters and it awakes. Eternity dwells in it, it waltzing at your fingertip. Don’t hide from the night. Go to the wild, chase the light from the sky. The darker the night is, the brighter the stars shine.
Bold as Love
Bold as Love was inspired by the venerable Jimi Hendrix song and album “Bold as Love.” Working with the vibration of color, Dr Zwack will present a dress in every color of the rainbow just as Jimi sings of in his lyrics. It is the designer’s aspiration to ennoble the spirit of Jimi Hendrix by channeling his song into a collection imbued with his music and present it to the world.
Spring into Joy
Spring into Joy pushed the boundaries of how to incorporate dynamic silhouettes and unique fabric choices. The designer has two extremely juxtaposing sources of inspiration: Game of Thrones, and retro 90’s fashion. Military style layered clothing and layered gowns parallel the various layers Game of Thrones itself brings in. Layers and layering, as well as adding tactical components like large jackets and straps are key to the collection.
N & Mil
Geoj Official showed a two part collection this NYFW that may shock current clientele. N was bold and in your face, while the Mil portion encompassed softer more muted tones. N & Mil are quite different than any of Geoj Official’s previous work, including the collection shown at NZFW last year.
Op. Symphony Nº 0000
Gathering inspiration from the vibrant palette of colors of different galaxies around our Observable Universe, CAROLINE PERINO’s Spring/Summer 2019 fashion collection is deeply inspired in the stars, the abstract shapes cloudy like shaped in the pictures of galaxies, and mainly, the concept of time, travel and space.
Caroline Smouse’s newest collection, Boum, incorporates her love of knitwear and passion for colour. The entirely crochet collection was a breath of fresh bohemian air displaying striped tops, rompers, and flare bottoms.
The designer has always been inspired by the simple complexity of the night sky. So many elements weave together beautifully to make something simple at first glance, only to be part of a much larger brighter story at work. This is where Anata came from, the dark night sky, the glimmer of a star and the dreams invoked by such a marvelous display.
FATOPIA: The Celebration of Flesh
Fatopia is redefining the concept of ‘fat’. This word is not an insult, it’s just an adjective that means you have more tissues in your body. However, society attaches too much hatred and discrimination to the word ‘fat’. We need to remove the stigma of this word and accept it just as it is. To achieve that, the designer is unapologetically designing FASHION for FAT bodies, and ultimately providing ‘choices’ that we’re missing right now.
Viktoria Tisza gives swimwear collections a futurist look inspired by the science fiction filming industry. Materials used in this collection were unconventional and made a statement through their bold combination of white, bright yellow, clear and black.
Come along on a journey through luxury and glamour. The handcrafted, self-designed collection by Lesunja is inspired from the nine most trendy places of the world and thus an homage to the jet set life everyone is dreaming of.
Schizo was inspired by female villains and the gothic culture. Some pieces are inspired by Morticia of the Addams family, Harley Quinn, and vampires. The looks are gothic inspired collection with a twist of color.
Mod Squad Goals
Mod Squad Goals was inspired by the color, fun and creativity of the 60’s and 70’s. Every day is a party and this collection will help you dress for it. From psychedelic to disco these pieces feature bold colors that are daring and designs that are simple, yet eccentric.
Soul Inspired Collection
DM Jewelry Designs originated from a presented vision and noted feelings when the exquisite materials are curated. They come from the heart and soul where one fashion blogger made a truly heart-felt comment by saying, “Each and every one of your pieces has its own soul.”
The beauty of spring as everything comes to life in this fantastic theatrical performance of colours and textures.