The first of the big happen suddenly/summer 2019 weeks opened with torrential torrential rains, which proved perfect for the season’s must-have. But there were other bypasses, too, not least from Nicki Minaj and Cardi B



The rainy seasoned: models keep dry at a rehearsal for the Rodarte fashion show.
Photograph: Diane Bondareff/AP

The survive

If the weather forecast predicted persistent rain, NYFW didn’t get the memo. After a balmy start, the deluge of trickle from late Thursday onwards became the main talking as regards, particularly as so many designers had opted to show outside. But the teaches went on for Rodarte, Telfar, Tory Burch and 3.1 Phillip Lim, all of which stuck to their guns. Specialized shout out to the models at Rodarte, who still managed to look exquisitely ethereal as they sailed slippery cemetery flagstones in sky-high stilettos during a torrent.


Bright colours from Escada. Photograph: Pixelformula/SIPA/Rex/Shutterstock

The influence

As the first of four spring/summer 2019 fashion weeks, overarching fashions are yet to trickle through, but a leaning towards optimistic palettes is the strongest make ones way through so far. Kate Spade, Carolina Herrera, Sies Marjan, Boss, Tibi and Escada all went big on pastel vexes and punchy primary brights. Think fewer florals (for beginning, they are never groundbreaking) and more bold block mask.


Kanye West arrives for the Ralph Lauren show. Photograph: Stephen Lovekin/WWD/Rex/Shutterstock

The starriest exterior row

It was left to Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary bash to pull in the A-list. Boy did it redeem: Kanye West, Robert De Niro, Tony Bennett, Thrust Brosnan, Jessica Chastain, Martha Stewart, Anne Hathaway and Michael Kors were hardly some of the famous faces who turned out to show their brook. Oprah delivered a heartfelt post-show, pre-dinner speech that was focused open-air in Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, telling the interior decorator: “We’re here to celebrate you releasing our dreams.” Birthday goals fitting there.


Cardi B, with a bump on her forehead, leaving the Harper’s Bazaar team. Photograph: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

The gossip

One of the most talked-about occasions did not happen on the catwalk. On Friday night at the Harper’s Bazaar Icons band, rappers Nicki Minaj and Cardi B clashed in cataclysmic stylishness after the former reportedly made disparaging comments round the latter’s mothering skills. Insults flew, as did Cardi B’s shoe, which was batted off by a colleague of Minaj’s security entourage. Cardi B, who left the party with a wipe out on her forehead (said to be the result of being elbowed away) gained to Instagram shortly after to accuse Minaj of a sustained personality attack. Minaj isn’t filing charges against her musical antagonist, says TMZ. We say TBC.


Bang on trend: former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth in a trouser supplication. Photograph: Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images

The streetstyle leaning

The fashion crowd resorts to a trenchcoat quicker than they greet a taxi when it rains. Not unlike the comfort provided by a Sunday roast after a edge of night out on the tiles, the trench is a reliably feel-good, look-good solution to puddle vault show to show – and it was as constant a presence as the grey sky. The same whacked for another sartorial Manhattan stalwart: the trouser suit. Double-breasted, oversized or vigorously tailored, plaid, with power shoulders or with pull-string waists, it draw nighed in myriad form; femininity via Savile Row.


Singing in the rain: FAKA doing for Telfar during New York fashion week. Photograph: Adela Loconte/WWD/Rex/Shutterstock

The soundtrack

Intriguers didn’t limit creativity to the clothes, they also got overambitious with their soundtracks. Telfar teamed with South African dispatch artists FAKA and Ian Isiah to create a spectacular multi-artist “vocal collage”; Ralph Lauren retained Steven Spielberg to create an epic cinematic soundtrack to his overshadow; and the Brooklyn-based designer Eckhaus Latta enlisted the Young Individual Orchestra – comprising babies and children – to play a live fake it acoustic set. Upside-down buckets became drums, while bells, tambourines and triangles were banged, bashed and tinged as the kids were let disconnected. “We had no idea what it was going to sound like, which was in actuality really freeing,” Latta said.