NYFW AW19: Area

On the grounds of the Deutsche Bank, in Wall Street, Area stunned with a vibrant and eclectic collection leaving us with a sparkling sensation.

Bringing back houndstooth with extremely high-waisted trousers, cropped blazers embellished with rose-coloured gems, formfitting dresses and matching boots in red or black – very successful – executions.  Every model was bedazzled with rhinestone, be it with appliqués on the garments, headpieces or oversized jewellery. More was definitely more.

Not conforming to the trend of balaklava’s, Area sent down a look fit for a couture show with a black and white houndstooth coat, detailed with rhinestone embellishments paired with a pair of crimson red boots, immediately making the top of our must-have list. Yet all the above were outshined by the bowed hood that the model was sporting. Easily ridiculed as it does bear remarkable similarities to an easter egg, Area knew exactly how to elevate the mundane to high-fashion.

Area brought back the little back dress, this time in a tight, form-fitted and structured dress with jewel detailing adding just a touch of elegance and sass.

Turning even thick oversized knit jumpers into sophisticated attire, by embellishing it with the signature rhinestones and with a fringed hemline, adding a joyful bounce to the dress with every movement.

We hit full bling-saturation when strings of gems formed the outline of a skirt, connecting thick wool-fringe further paired with an equally sparkling bra and a stunning crystal cobweb used face jewellery, reflecting every light in the room, sure to turn head wherever you go.

Right before bringing us to more cosmic spheres with their two-toned lamé in deep purple and burgundy hues, were a modern take on tie-dye, with a funky tie-dye print, taking the shape of flowers on red leather, layered deep indigo satin skirts, or hooded-capes. Giving little Red Riding Hood a run for her money.

Area took us on a glistening trip with their AW19 collection and if this is what the apocalypse looks like, we can’t wait.

by Lupe Baeyens

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