Inspired Designers Stand Out at New York Fashion Week

Marcel Ostertag FW18 Collection – Photo Courtesy of Marcel Ostertag

NEW YORK CITY, United States — New York Fashion Week (NYFW) came to an end last month on Valentine’s Day. As we hustled from one show to another, waiting in anticipation of what we’ll see next. Fashion shows are always an amazingly fun experience, with some of the most over-the-top fashion on display. As each show tried to top the other in staging an elaborate spectacle of a show, some fell short in impressing us. However, two designers that really caught our attention during the recent NYFW were Chiara Boni and Marcel Ostertag. We were captivated by the inspiration behind Chiara Boni La Petite Robe’s FW18 Collection, and the simple silhouettes and details that make Marcel Ostertag’s FW18 Collection ready-to-wear from runway to everyday wear.

Designer Chiara Boni of Chiara Boni La Petite Robe, originally from Florence, Italy is known for creating beautiful and timeless dresses that understand the curves of a woman’s body. Her Autumn/Winter 2018 fashion show at NYFW took us back in time to the 1930s, an era full of charm and glamour recalled as Hollywood’s Golden Age that celebrated the hyper-sophisticated and feminine beauty of the greatest movie stars of  its time. Starlets like Carole Lombard, Jean Harlow, Claudette Colbert, Mae West and Katharine Hepburn always looked effortlessly glamorous in the spotlight. We loved that Chiara Boni reimagined that 1930’s star-quality vibe with a magnificent collection consisting of jersey dresses embellished with ample sleeves crafted from featherweight tulle, pencil skirts, midi frocks with rose-inspired decors at the shoulders with graceful peplum details, and dresses with fringe and fluidity grazed the floor.

It was mesmerising to see the models grace the runway in such exquisite clothing, inspired by a fascinating era. This made the collection much more meaningful and far more dreamy and appealing than the other shows we’ve seen. That is why we’ll be keeping our eyes on this designer!

Marcel Ostertag FW18 Collection – Photo Courtesy of Marcel Ostertag

Another designer that we kept our focus on during NYFW was Marcel Ostertag. Although there were other shows with amazing designs like Sally LaPointe, The Blonds, Leanne Marshall, Zang Toi and Negris LeBrum to name a few, Marcel Ostertag’s show stood out for it’s simplistic elegance. The show itself was not big on lighting and staging, so it did not overshadow the clothing. There was natural light to focus on the aesthetic of the collection, which is set between tradition and modernity with simple lines and minimalism, exclusively produced in Germany. Marcel Ostertag designs in his studio in Berlin, surrounded by busy streets with an urban dynamic. He draws his inspiration from his surroundings, along with nature and travel to design a brilliant Autumn/Winter 2018 Collection, which showcased at NYFW.

The concept takes basic silhouettes like shift dresses, skirts, trousers, blouses, jackets and pant suits, and meshes elegance with details and fabrication. The designs tastefully combined different fabrics like silk, sequin and lace with animal prints and bow details on garments for a touch of femininity. This was a risky move as it’s not always easy to combine such different fabrics and maintain a level of elegance. Yet, in this case, the mixture of fabrics and details created a sophisticated and chic collection with a hint of casualness for the everyday City girl. For example, the sequined sleeveless shift dress with wide belted shoulder straps and big front pockets worn over a sweater is elegant enough for an evening out in the Big City. The sequins on the dress will help you shine and stand out in a crowd, while the casual silhouette, wide belted shoulder straps and front pockets offset the dressiness of the fabric to give you a more balance, pared-down look.

The collection consists of sequin skirts in animal prints, silk and sequin blouses and dresses, feminine neck tie mandarin collared shirts, flowy gowns, skirts and dresses with front bow details. All in muted, neutral autumn tones of gold, burnt orange, olive green, burgundy, khaki, navy blue, off-white, peach and pink. This stylishly elegant, sexy and versatile collection can go from big downtown office meeting to swanky cocktail parlor without having to sacrifice comfort, and fear of being ridiculously overdressed. We love this cool concept in clothing that’s ready-to-wear from the runway! Now that’s the high society, cool uptown-girl look we’ve been searching for!

Photos & Videos Courtesy of:, & NYFW.

Tiffany Le About the author

Wardrobe consultant and fashion writer who owns a Bay Area luxe tailoring boutique. Believes in karma, human rights and being earth-friendly. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a degree in Fashion Design from San Francisco Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising; and inspires others to be confident and beautiful from inside out.


  1. Katherine Cramer :

    Thank you Tiffany for showcasing two inspired Fashion Stars from NYC Fashion Week and for your photographs/comments during the week. These are two approachable examples of Fashion that real people may embrace. It’s always wonderful to see color come out to play.