The always well curated Woman show held its latest edition at Spring Studios in New York last week and although again very small (there were just 68 exhibitors this season), it offered some real winners and a great preview of what hip and chic women will be buying and donning come spring.
Here are some of our favorites who were there….
Ten-year-old Loup, which is made in New York and based in Brooklyn, showed its signature jumpsuits and denim bottoms, including a cropped wide leg jean. The clothes are all the more remarkable since they retail for under $200.
US-based Cie Denim is best known for reworking old denim pieces into new ones. But for spring 2020 it is switching things up a bit by offering new jeans made from denim by sustainable mill Naveena and creating pants and other items from repurposed polo shirts.
Stylist-turned-designer Sharon Brown makes classic looks with an edge in high-quality fabrics such as silk and Belvedere cotton for her line Lotte 99, which takes its name from her daughter Charlotte who was born in 1999. Standout pieces include a hot pink silk top modeled on a 1960s bowling shirt and Western-style shirts.
French designer Laura Gauthier Petit seamlessly mixes cutting-edge denim looks with feminine, flowing dresses in original prints with her four-year-old line Fete Imperiale.
New York-based designer Rachel Antonoff arguably had the best and most original collection at Woman this season. Her colorful spring assortment included on-trend tie-dye items and printed pieces with graphics of gelatin molds. Adorable and fun!
Refuse Club is a new US brand that looks to China for inspiration. This season’s is based on the video app Kwai, which is huge with suburban Chinese youth. As a result, the clothes feature peek-a-boo lace details (a look that is very popular on Kwai) and graphics of a man with a fish, who recently posted how to kill and clean one before cooking it–and received backlash on Kwai as a result.
2WN by California-based designer Winnie Chan wowed with its effortless, nonbinary “modernwear” that retails for $250 to $600.
PH5, another US brand, impressed with its knitwear and colorful geometric patterns.
Famous Finnish design house Marimekko showed at Woman for the first time and looked as fresh/classic as ever with its signature flower prints. Its director of wholesale, Anna Hakkarainen, said response to the line was super strong from boutique buyers.
Just in time to ride the current 1990s revival, France’s No Name shoe brand (founded in 1991) is again making an appearance in the US after being dormant for a few years. And its retro-looking platform sneakers appear to be exactly on trend.