NYFW SS2018 IN REVIEW: Nancy Tran’s Elegant Metamorphosis
Those who know New York Fashion Week are familiar with Bryant Park as the first official home (and for 16 years thereafter) of the glamorous seven-day hub to the world’s leading designers ready to showcase their latest collections. Today, the shows take place at other venues in the city, though Bryant Park still holds an air reverence as the birthplace to this phenomenon. Naturally, when New York Style Guide received an invitation to the Bryant Park Hotel to view a new collection by Nancy Tran, a sense of nostalgia and creative resurgence fluttered with anticipation of a fresh designer’s vision to be seen this season — and that’s exactly what this collection is. Named “Transformation”, Nancy Tran’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection draws inspiration by the season’s themes of rebirth and radiance. The collection exudes the ephemeral beauty of metamorphosis, the liberating confidence after emerging from restrictions and taking flight is artfully depicted by scintillating butterflies and unfurling bouquets. The line consists of day and cocktail dresses, evening gowns, and separates rendered close to the body silhouettes with fitted waists and skirts tapered like tulips or voluminous roses in full bloom.
Ms. Tran states, “I wanted to focus on that magical way that fashion can transform us all. But it’s not so much about changing into someone different rather discovering your own potential, unleashing your own beauty and finding that reservoir of confidence and strength in every woman. That’s why I employed both butterflies and flowers in the design to illustrate that emergence from our own cocoons, of blossoming into someone strong and beautiful.” The butterfly and floral motif is further evident in the couture level details of cascading embroideries, prints, pleats, and cutouts that add rich texture and depth. The line is crafted from the premium silks in creamy tones and opulent shades of scarlet, pink, purple, and yellow to capture the delicate flourish of both fashion and nature. Hemlines range from asymmetric to at, below the knee, and floor length gowns. It was a fresh take on some of fashion’s classic silhouettes rendered through a breath of fresh air. As we left, the hotel doors opened to the beauty that is still, Bryant Park, tent or no tents, reminds us that fashion is the reason why this week happens and why it will remain – just a matter of change and adapting to those changes.