Five Looks from the Mansur Gavriel Show

Last season marked the successful debut of Mansur Gavriel’s ready-to-wear collection, so getting to see their follow up in a much larger space – the previous venue was their own store in Soho – was something to look forward to. It was one of those shows where people lean over to whisper something to their neighbor, discreetly point a finger, and quickly turn their heads in anticipation of the next look.        

At some point during the show, a fellow editor leaned over and asked me, “This is the Fall/Summer collection, right?” In a way, that pretty much summed up the overall sunny, light, and countryside feel of the collection that contrasted with the bleak rain that continued to pour outside the window of the gallery we all sat in.

There was, however, a logical reason for this as the New York-based design label was debuting its Spring/Summer 2018 see-now-buy-now collection of both ready-to-wear and their beloved accessory line. As indicated by the press release, epitomizing the core ideals of Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel’s brand, the collection presented “a breadth of emotion through color, form, and luxurious material” celebrating “simple lines with beautiful and airy materials, and soft, rich textures.” Along with four new novelty styles of footwear and the introduction of new colorways and materials for several of their signature handbags, the collection featured button-down shirts and blouses, skirts and trench coats, flared pants, knee-length dresses, and pastel knitwear.

MANSUR GAVRIEL FW18 show in New York. Photo by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.

This vivid yellow sun linen trench, paired with flare pants atop a vintage dress, created a break in the more muted and pastel colors that preceded the look. The brandy vegetable tanned mini bucket bag created that classic Mansur Gavriel continuum.

MANSUR GAVRIEL FW18 show in New York. Photo by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.

A look symbolizing what made the duo’s accessories so successful and coveted to begin with, everything is in its right place, color, and form. The sheer long-sleeve button down, linen pants, and vegetable tanned multi-strapped sandals – all adding up to something noticeable yet discreet, striking yet efficient. And perfect for the New York girl that’s over winter and ready for her spring shopping.

MANSUR GAVRIEL FW18 show in New York. Photo by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.

This vintage short-sleeve dress – with its minimal patterns, rounded collar, and discreet yet beautiful hue drifting somewhere in between a soft lilac and baby blue – was the look that first solidified the collection as being part of an easy, breezy summer assortment.

MANSUR GAVRIEL FW18 show in New York. Photo by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.

When speaking to Floriana Gavriel post-show, she noted that they were “building a world of materials, shapes, and colors of things that we really admire, and pair that with classic silhouettes, and then we add a bold or something to break it up.” In a way, this sky blue silk button-down and pants (along with a mini bag in the same tonal blue) represented their vision perfectly.


MANSUR GAVRIEL FW18 show in New York. Photo by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.

This look, summing up some of the collection’s color and pattern play, provided a nice optical illusion with the yellow of the silk long-sleeve button down peeking through the vintage sheer coat, almost creating another color and pattern altogether. The top handle rounded bag brought it all together aesthetically, providing a subtle support in geometry and color.

 

See the full FW18 collection of MANSUR GAVRIEL here