Runway Report: Escada SS19

“A joyous woman. A confident spirit” was how global design director Niall Sloan described today’s Escada woman, marking the long-serving fashion house’s 40th anniversary and his runway debut this week in New York.

Inspiration naturally came from the archives – with a heritage like Escada, drawing on original patterns proved far more fruitful for Sloan than popular culture. The collection though was perfectly in the ‘now’, with a renewed logo emblazoned across boxy mid-length jackets, blouses, bags and more plus brightly colored suits harking back tothe brand’s eighties and nineties heyday. Stylist Jacob K aided the covetable update, pairing tailored suits with chunky sneakers, mixing clashing prints and creating block-coloured outfits like a golden yellow slip dress with an oversized double-breasted jacket, complete with matching clutch and rubber-like patent pumps.

Not surprisingly, for a brand with such affinity to iconic bygone fashions, there were plenty of Pretty Woman moments. The catwalk was astroturf no less and when a beautifully tailored taupe dress with
white polka dots arrived, every female in the crowd was transported back to a Miss Vivian famously  ‘divot stomping’. Amongst the formalwear and power dressing there were more relaxed options, from a billowing shirt dress with a pretty all-over-print of jockeys racing the field, to fluid, relaxed silk pants that poked out from underneath long-line tops and jackets.

Sportswear references were abundant, not just the recurring sneakers but there were satin bomber jackets and an array of primary colours dresses and jackets inspired by further equestrian sports. This was a
collection that juxtaposed the old with the new, the sharp with the causal and the timeless with the oh-so-fresh, all thanks to the vision of one Mr Niall Sloan.

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