The Row Modest Fashion on the Runway New York Fashion Week  S/S 2019 

Modest Fashion on the Runway New York Fashion Week  S/S 2019 

by Charlotte Smith

Modest Fashion on the Runway

New York Fashion Week  Modest Fashion on the Runway.  The modest fashionista is not just a hashtag, it is a thriving fashion market.  Sites like The Modist who cater to it on a luxury level. We have taken a look at the catwalks of New York Fashion week SPRING/SUMMER 2019 READY-TO-WEAR runways and give you a break down of designers that are tapping into the flourishing market and catering to the clients.

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We pretend we are buyers for the modest fashion market and deliver the key looks from the collections coming out of New York.  With trends for the modest fashion consumer whether she be a hippy, rocker or a Mipsterz, stylized as #MIPSTERZ short for Muslim Hipsters. They are an international group of primarily hipster Muslims (loosely, and not limited to Millennials) who have evolving views on religion, identity, community, politics,  culture. This tribe loves streetwear.

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We start with a very strong collection by Tom Ford who takes us back to his heyday at Gucci.  Most of the models and looks came down the runway i heads curved in scarves.  This speaks to the women who cover her head for some Hijabi style.  If you can not tell by the runway pictures that Modest Muslim model Halima is a muse we are telling you.  Also on the runway looks is a little Carine Roitfeld.   The pencil skirt meets hijabi chic at the show in New York.

The Row

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These looks check all the boxes for believing women with a touch of style from all the Bedouin tribes. Spring 2019 is about the careful and considered progression of the extreme volume play by the Olsens collection.  They played with silk fabrication and created a palette that had a lot of charcoal black, beige, ivory and sand.

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The Row showed a very reserved collection any modest fashionista would want to wear. The cuts, the lengths, and the style directly speak to the market. If the mountain won’t come to Mohammad, then Mohammad must go to the mountain looking fabulous and covered.

Matthew Adams Dolan

Matthew Adams Dolan begs us to get American Pie when it comes to fashion.  In today’s world, what does that mean?    In the </span>New York Fashion Week show  Matthew Adams Dolan managed to c0mcome  up with lots of big ideas about Americana into his succinct 27-piece collection today.

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A lot of American fashion has been about ideas of democracy, with people like Claire McCardell looking at ways that were easy for women to wear clothes,” he said backstage after the show, explaining he was drawn to the functionality of McCardell’s practical, unfussy garments.  In his collection dedicated to the soul of America, we find many pieces fit for modest women.  Pantsuits which are a big trend this fall, that have the self-confident women.   The skirts are the right length for any orthodox women hanging below the knees.

Kate Spade

Once again the legendary accessories designer Kat Spade started their runway show with the headscarf as the signature piece for the first look.  Watch below as a sophisticated women walk ready for work and play the modest way.


The collection concentrates on a modern use of color. sophisticated, thoughtful design. a sense of discovery in every piece. Spring 2019 is the debut collection from the new creative director, Nicola Glass. she was inspired by the brand’s beginnings as she refined and evolved their house codes in new ways.  The soundtrack music: Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner (dna remix)</div></div></div></div></div><h3><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Tory Burch</span></h3><p>Tory’s creativity for this collection also went to the Meditteranean for a hippie chis looks. The take on the trend was inspired by her parents, who set off for Italy, Greece, Morocco, and Spain by cruise ship. Their chic travel clothes and the souvenir pieces they brought back with them were the models for the safari suiting, breezy tunics, and scarf-print separates we saw on the runway.</p><p>

</p><p>With garments for the Church girl to the Muslim women.  All the wearer has to do is add a hat or a head scarf. The relaxed collection follows all the rules for a believing woman.  The RTW show emphasized the aspect of ease by accessorizing much of the collection, from vacation-ready caftans to a chain-print trench and matching pants, with canvas sneakers.</p><p><iframe src=”” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe></p><h3><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Ralph Lauren</span></h3><p>

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The bohemian glamour of the 50th Anniversary Collection takes shape in part through complex hand-beading techniques. Layers of metallic sequins, polished stones, faceted jet and bugle beads, and crystals in topaz, hematite, and smoky hues adorn everything from gowns and skirts to sweaters and accessories. . One of Mr. Lauren’s favorite pieces from the Collection, the Barrick jacket requires 170 hours to contour the silhouette’s gold bullion and soutache embroidery with an array of antiqued crystals, beads, blue cabochons, and emerald-like stones. The effect—inspired by a vintage photograph of a rockstar—is strikingly regal. . Accessories may be among the final touches of a look, but they are certainly not the last to be noticed this season. The pair of oversize chandelier earrings seen here, made by a jeweler in New York City, marries many of the colors and styles of the Collection. Hand-cut semiprecious stones and crystals in shades of royal navy and purple are hand-set in scrolling Art Nouveau motifs, which are then hand-painted to achieve an heirloom quality—underscoring the heritage and beauty of the 50th Anniversary Collection. . Read more at, and shop the 50th Anniversary Collection in stores and online at . #RL50 #RalphLauren #RLMag

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</p><p>Ralph Lauren undoubtedly has always acknowledged all the immigrant cultures of American and the native peoples.  This season is no deferent the designers remind us to remember where we came from and how hard we worked to get there.</p><p><iframe src=”” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe></p><p>Again we see a lot of the models heads covered, longer lengths on dresses and skirt along with capes and coats that fit in line with dress codes even for  Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. The counterintuitive styling with, a cashmere hoodie paired with a tulle skirt and cargo pants with a sequin tee—showed his own unorthodox approach to red carpet dressing.  Other notes are to <em>Annie Hall </em>is how the designer brings back the menswear must-wear for women popular in the ’70s.  She always had her head covered too.</p><h3><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Self-Portrait</span></h3><p>

</p><p>We are getting more indication that women moving forward will be more covered.  How sexy is that! For summer 2019, a bohemian spirit with a touch of the 60s has been added to the collection. Collection: Light, plain, flowing.</p><p><script src=’//′ type=’text/javascript’ async defer class=’yp’ data-config='{ “player”: “sp”, “zone_id”: 1389, “part_id”: “215361”, “addons”: “000” }’></script></p><p>The designer and founder play with both fabrics and prints. With holidays in mind, he tones it down with very desirable white crochet dresses.</p><h3><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>R13</span></h3><p>

</p><p>R13, is for your wild side sprinkled with the Punk Rock attitude. His use of rainbow tie-dye on blazers, tees, and jeans was so <span style=”font-weight: 400;”><b>Mipsterz.</b></span> If you did not know this is a brand that has always prided itself on its grunge-era black, white, ripped denim and flannel uniform.<br /><iframe src=”″ width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe></p><p>The Baja prints were a fun touch too, though a bit literal at times (see the beaded drug rug in Rasta colors). As always, there was great denim in various washes and cuts, but the real winners here were the pieces that Leba put his heart, soul, and ex-surfer-kid vibes into</p><h3><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Longchamp</span></h3><p>

</p><p>Longchamp showed for the first time during New York Fashion Week. The entire ready-to-wear collection designed by Sophie Delafontaine, Creative Director of Longchamp. The show notes may have referenced “late nights in L.A.” and 1970s pinups Anita Pallenberg and Veruschka.</p><p><iframe src=”” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe></p><p>Sophie Delafontaine’s first runway show for Longchamp was a Parisian family affair. As the granddaughter of Jean Cassegrain, who founded the house as a leather goods company in 1948, translating Longchamp into a contemporary ready-to-wear collection for New York Fashion Week wasn’t about the old client of Longchamp it was about attracting the women with taste and money to spend.  The collection takes it’s client from church, to the synagogue and to the mosque.</p><h4><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Christian Siriano</span></h4><p>

</p><p>Christian Siriano has the blueprint for of diversity on the runway in terms of race and size.  In this collection, he embraced the culture and size of everyone on the runway.   They curvy women ruled his runway for the Spring Summer 2019 collection.</p><p><iframe src=”” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe></p><p>The opening floral Hawaiian numbers were piped down and soft, cut into relaxed dresses geared for the day, which he topped off with his elevated take on a safari hat. A group of slinky sunny chartreuse dresses for island weather living.  He closed his star-studded show at Gotham Hall with three black models in coordinating ruffled flamingo pink frocks, strutting confidently in unison as if the crowd was waiting just for them.</p><h4>Jonathan Simkhai</h4><p>

</p><p>Jonathan Simkhai is one of my personal favorites shows coming out of New York fashion week.  The designer makes a long gown or dresses sexy as hell.   All you need is a biker jacket to make it in vogue and to cover your shoulders.</p><p>Jonathan Simkhai describes this last year as “monumental:” He relocated his company to Los Angeles from New York, got married and became the father of twins.  This hearting spring collection, which was filled with covetable dresses rooted in an divine femininity.</p><p><iframe src=”” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe></p><p>Simkhai gave us pretty long macramé lace frocks, featherweight maxi slip dresses punctuated by tiny lace inserts and broderie Anglaise tunic styles. That beckoned a  summery day under the Mediterranean sun. Gingham patterns in fresh tones of baby blue and yellow added prepared the wearer to a summer of love.</p><h4><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Escada</span></h4><p>

</p><p>Feast your eyes new laid back, Escada world. In celebration of the brand’s 40th anniversary, global design director Niall Sloan staged his first runway show in New York, citing the city’s international appeal to a broader audience.</p><p><iframe src=”″ width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe></p><p>For spring, Sloan channeled the brand’s amusing beginnings and archives into clothes that were filled with beauty and long tailored jackets.  Dresses and skirts to the knees in Easter bonnet colors.</p><h4>Sies Marjan</h4><p>

</p><h4>Sies Marjan</h4><p>Absolutely in love with the long tunic shirt dresses in both white the color of sand. Created just like a person living in the desert would wear.  dress. The casting of models young and not so young, as well as friend and family, including Lak’s mom, underscored the fact that it was a collection full of individual looks and pieces.</p><p><iframe src=”” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe></p><h4><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Boss</span></h4><p>

</p><p>New York Fashion Week had a lot of first’s this season. For the creative director, Ingo Wilts it was his show to combine men’s and women’s ready to wear collection.  He combined the brand’s trademark tailored looks with a fresh take on sportswear.</p><blockquote><p>Wilts said that while the spring collection was “grounded in suiting,” it targeted a young customer and so offered up more casual options inspired by Los Angeles as well.</p></blockquote><p> </p><h4><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Rodarte</span></h4><p> </p><p>

</p><p>Complete with enormous pouf-sleeved gowns, rose-studded updos, and Bohemian floral maxi dresses. <a href=””>The sister duo</a> combined a little haute couture and luxe leisure wear.  There were also short, sassy leather outfits— inspired by Shelley Long’s outfits in <i>Troop Beverly Hills</i>? The sisters admitted to watching the movie in their hotel room this week.</p><p>


</p><p> </p><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Prabal Gurung</span></p><p>

</p><p>Prabal Gurung is the latest American designer to incorporate menswear into his ready to wear collection. He posted a note to his Instagram ahead of his show.  Posting that he was inspired to finally do so after reading a poem from Cleo Wade.  The collection by Gurung was inspired by his childhood in Nepal, this time working with artisans in the region to create embroidery and other hand-crafted touches.</p><p><iframe src=”” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe></p><p>Gurung’s inspiring diverse casting included us all. With all three Hadid siblings opening the show and superstars like Winnie Harlow, Candice Huffine, Joan Smalls, and Grace Elizabeth all filling out the lineup. Gurung’s collection supports one of his favorite mantras: “Stronger in color.”</p><h1><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Diane Von Furstenberg</span></h1><p>

</p><p>Diane von Furstenberg took pioneer women as her Spring theme.  This meant plenty of log dresses you could tend the garden in and go worship in like the women of Little House on the Prairie.   Her collections don’t classically include homemade patterns, but the petticoat was a welcome new thing for DVF.</p><p>

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</p><p>Maybe the designer went out dancing with Stylist <b>Patricia Field. </b>The collection was suitable for day and night spring and summer adventures.  With plenty of pink outfits to choose from.</p><h4>Rosetta Getty</h4><p>

</p><p>Rosetta Getty was influenced by the work of artist Liz Glynn.  The artist’s works in many mediums, but whose pottery struck Getty after a studio visit. Getty imbued her spring collection with the colors of Glynn’s ceramic glazes and clays: red, lemon yellow, pool green, bisque and gray.</p><h3><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Oscar De La Renta</span></h3><p>

</p><p>Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia are coming into their own at the house. Their Spring 2019 collection for the brand, which was as wearable as it was beautiful.  Gowns were cropped or cut away to reveal the models’ shoes and felt— sexy thanks to sheer embroideries and feather embellishments.</p><p><iframe src=”″ width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe><br />For those not into gowns, the duo offered up silky pants and fringed tops as an alternative.  The collections was as vibrant as the blood that flows through the veins of Latin American women. The lighter colors and bright patterns gave way to sexier shades of black and gold as rich as the land.</p><h4><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Carolina Herrera</span></h4><p>

</p><h4><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Carolina Herrera another designer who wants us to dance.  These pieces will surely show up at a wedding or two.  Carolina Herrera designed by Wes Gordon went into the archives with some Samba dresses. </span></h4><p><iframe src=”″ width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe></p><p> </p><p>The aesthetic Gordan recreated the looks of  Herrera just before launching her brand in the ’70s, a time period reflected in the sunny graphics and louche shapes.  There was the green-and-white floral, smaller on a silky button-down and larger on a pair of gaucho pants; a bright yellow floral got a jolt of energy with black-and-white dotted ribbons at the sleeves. Gordon also used beading and embellishment details, putting sparkling daisies and playful racing horses on chiffon gowns and satin blazers.</p><h3><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Coach 1941</span></h3><p>

</p><p>Coach’s Spring show with creative director Stuart Vevers takes us back to the prairie.  The designer spent time in Santa Fe, New Mexico—specifically the Ghost Ranch, famous for its prehistoric fossils and Georgia O’Keeffe paintings.  The collection is a modern day mix of life on the ranch listening to grunge music.</p><p> </p><p><iframe src=”” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe></p><p>The models were dressed in the now trending prairie dresses, long distressed leather jackets, billowing cotton blouses, and languid slips that trailed the floor.  Modest fashion is trending on the runway again, in this show models seemed like they’d emerged from some secret desert party. Is American fashion feeling humble on the runway?</p><p>

</p><p> </p><p>Well, <span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Marc Jacobs made covering your head trendy last season, with a mix of your Jewish grandmother from Brooklyn, crossed with Dynasty chic.  This season New York’s Spring 2019 shows is a tale of the haves and the have-nots. On one side are the big guys, with budgets to rival their European counterparts but with not much authentic or essential to say. On the other are the scrappy kids, who are idea rich but mostly resource poor.</span></p><p> </p><p><iframe src=”″ width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe></p><p>There were callbacks to ’80s-era Yves Saint Laurent, to Karl Lagerfeld’s earliest days at Chanel (everyone says it’s the job he’s always wanted).  Again we see looks with covered heads and veiled faces. Marc went back to his roots, only everything was taken to extremes: the froth, the feathers, the giant ruffly Pierrot collars. Like cotton candy, which its pastel colors evoked, the collection was ridiculous and sublime at the same time, and its couture extravagance absolutely won you over.  Could he be the next designer to test the waters of Paris Fashion Week? That would tres chic of him.</p><p> </p><p>We hope you enjoyed our rather long look at inclusion and modest inspiration on the runways of New York Fashion Week. We wanted to talk about fashion with a different niche in mind and I hope I nailed it.   Could these designers be asking American’s to eat a little bit more humble pie? Let us know if we missed a designer in our roundup.</p><h1> </h1><p> </p>

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