By: Isiah S. Magsino
New York Fashion Week does not shy away from notables in the fashion industry. Never has, never will. But despite the highly esteemed list of fashion moguls that dominate the concrete jungle in September, New York’s most signature element stands at opposition: the youth.
The loud city is essentially an incubator for fresh designers and brands who are looking to have their piece of fashion glory, and though he’s not necessarily “new” at designing, Christian Juul Nielsen has decided that it’s finally time for him to have his fair share. AKNVAS seeks to dress and empower a modern, contemporary woman. Now, I know this sounds extremely cliche— we’ve been tirelessly hearing this phrase over, and over again since 2017– but his previous draping experience for designers (including Galliano) and personal style have birthed a collection that, in the simplest terms, looks good for any occasion.
“I wanted to create a collection where, if someone were to buy all of it, they’d never have to buy anything else ever again,” Nielsen explains.
“Work, getting dinner with friends, a walk in the park— It’s all accessible, and all easy.”
And that’s exactly the nature of this collection. Presented in a dim-lighted room that made attendees feel as if they were standing in the very production studio where the collection came to life, the collection exemplified it’s versatility and Neilsen’s love for draping.
The collection hinted at a nostalgic essence of the 80s, but added in a modern, glamorous flare with pieces that held power in their wide, puffed shoulders and light silk-y fabrics. Others were detailed in argyle-like patterns and crossed draped at the neckline furthering his vision of an established woman.
Though the brand has already seen Kate Bosworth endorse it’s resort collection, the Spring 2020 will mark Neilsen’s first, independent RTW collection.