Models of all shapes, sizes, ages, and skin tones owned the catwalks this season at New York Fashion Week/The Shows 2019 at Spring Studios in New York City.

Former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Christie Brinkley can still rock the runway

Former Supermodel, Christie Brinkley strutted her stuff up and down the runway during the Elie Tahari fashion show. I talked with her about how the industry has changed since her heyday modeling in the ‘80s.

She said, “I have seen so many positive changes take place in our industry, especially the inclusivity and celebration of the unique individual and we are seeing it on the runway now.”

Designer Tadashi Shoji heads east for inspiration

The Tadashi Shoji runway show was all about channeling the culture of Southeast Asia. Models were adorned in flowing gowns and dresses in bright jewel tones and gradations of ombre, and plenty of embellishments to add to what he described as, “lots of Hollywood drama this season too.”

Shoji also told me his runway looks much different this year.

“I am using plus-size models and girls of all nationalities, not just Caucasian women to showcase my 2019 collection.”

Designer Son Jung Wan explores romance

The Son Jung Wan collection was inspired by the “romantic mood of retro art and culture.” She showcased her retro models strutting in unconventional silhouettes and juxtaposed the looks with modern touches to enhance the playful romantic theme.

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The 2019 collection included lots of faux furs, velvet, ruffles, flower prints and sequins that transported the standing room only crowd back to Valentine’s days of past. Let’s hope all the memories were romantic and fond!

Inspiration found in eternal beauty and strength

Designer Wang Tao, who debuted her Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 show at New York Fashion Week celebrated the theme, “Eternal Beauty.” Her runway showcased timeless women wearing powerful tailored suits, a nod to strong women who stand out and take charge of their destiny.

Her colors were inspired by the beach, and the plethora of tones in the sand as well as the sea water, and, "their continuous dialogue to each other." All of these rich tones are reflected in her strong, yet elegant collection.

I caught up with her backstage to talk about her muse. “I was inspired by the American Top Model from the 1970s, Lauren Hutton and I think, like her, beauty can be ageless and timeless, and I named this collection “Eternity.”

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