Global Fashion Collective presented two runway shows at New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2022, beginning with four international brands that embody the theme “Future of Heritage.” These designers emphasize human connection and seamlessly connect styles spanning across generations with a fresh take. Ay Lelum started off by proudly sharing Coast Salish history on the runway using garments and music that was recorded from four generations of the Good family. C’EST D presented a fun and youthful collection to embrace body equality and self confidence. CEDIM The School of Design introduced NYFW to seven talented design students who celebrated a balance of living a euphoric and sustainably resourceful life. Lastly, Irene de la Vega showcased a nature-inspired collection of colourful gowns that are dramatic yet timeless.
Second-generation Coast Salish design house Ay Lelum hails from Nanaimo, British Columbia. The sister design duo of Aunalee and Sophia Good presented garments that wholeheartedly celebrate their heritage. This collection uses cream and scarlet shades in lightweight fabrics and luxe velvets. One prominent emblem that was featured is the Coast Salish Eye of Life, which transcends time and represents the center of all consciousness. This was seen printed on a flowing maxi dress and a pink column gown.
C’EST D is a body positive and size inclusive brand based in New York City. Parsons School of Design graduate Doyeon Yoni Yu, made this collection full of preppy and trendy styles fit for all sizes. Slip dresses and cropped hoodies come in fun pastel shades and feature cutouts, like a light yellow polo with shoulder slits and burgundy track pants with open knees. Tie dye dresses, satin bomber jackets, pleated skirts, and blazers all make this a very wearable collection that empowers womens’ bodies and feel confident in their own skin.
CEDIM The School of Design showcased the work of seven of their fashion design students. Ana Paula Andreu began with “Rastros,” featuring layered garments in navy, cream, and bronze shades. Next up was “Chamomile” by Valeria González, showing sensible cream-coloured sets. Alexia Garro Kramer presented “Loss of Innocence,” beautiful swirling prints, asymmetry, and draping. “Hysteria” by Alexa Kusulas was a cohesive showing in dark tones and sheer beaded material. Carolina Lopez’s “In Lavender Fields” had wearable sundresses and unique leather detailing. “(L)OVER,” showcased by Daniela Cruz, had bright colours, mesh material, and heart motifs. Lastly, Lorena de la Garza presented “Proyect Stage 51941” which featured printed tees, ruffled skirts, and notably a light-up plastic corset.
Mexican fashion designer Irene de la Vega closed the show with “Renacer” meaning rebirth. Models looked ready to party in her short cocktail dresses and gowns. This collection played with bold colours, featuring a mustard yellow ruche dress, a hot pink dress with a rhinestone jeweled belt, and a royal blue cutout gown. Some garments were also decorated with a massive bow for extra eye-catching detailing. De la Vega also utilized lots of sheer material, as a models walked the runway in both a dramatic floor-length white beaded robe to a glittery tee, underneath a bright yellow overall skirt. This collection represents resilience, joy, and the freedom of feeling alive.