Big-Name Fashion Takes Part in NYCxDESIGN

Big-Name Fashion Takes Part in NYCxDESIGN

Fashion-meets-design collaborations by Opening Ceremony, Nicola Formichetti, and more debut at New York Design Week.

Fashion-meets-design collaborations by Opening Ceremony, Nicola Formichetti, and more debut at New York Design Week.

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

Last Friday marked the return of New York Design Week (often shortened as NYCxDESIGN), a many-limbed blitz of design-related events across all five boroughs. The annual event is far-reaching in its definition of “design,” covering everything from tech to home decor. And while the fair, running until May 23, may be wedged in an otherwise sleepy period in the fashion calendar, this year’s lineup includes an impressive range of bold-faced fashion cameos.

For the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), the sprawling luxury furniture expo coinciding with NYCxDESIGN, Opening Ceremony has teamed up with Crosby Studios for a two-part limited collection of home goods and apparel. The collaboration, on view at the Opening Ceremony store and Collective Design at ICFF starting May 20, includes ultraviolet, one-of-a-kind furniture by Crosby Studios founder Harry Nuriev as well as ceramics-inspired shirts and bags designed by Nuriev in collaboration with Opening Ceremony.

At Sight Unseen Offsite, a small but forward-thinking sub-fair also under the NYCxDESIGN dome, Rihanna stylist Mel Ottenberg collaborated with Calvin Klein designer-turned-architect Raphael de Cardenas on a line of understated geometric quilts. The quilts will be shown at Offsite’s headquarters at 201 Mulberry St. as part of the “Field Studies” exhibit, a celebrity-studded series that also includes works by Angel Olsen, Jason Schwartzman and Seth Rogen.

Offsite, which kicks off tomorrow, May 17, also partnered with several fashion boutiques to showcase statement furniture pieces, including an white oak and shearling collection on display at Phillip Lim, a mod chair by female-run collective Studio SAYSO at Creatures of Comfort, and a piñata-inspired lighting series at Assembly New York.

Outside the design fair circuit, up-and-coming subscription-based furniture brand Kamarq (the so-called “Netflix of furniture”) releases its inaugural collection today. The collection, a collaboration between Nicola Formichetti and furniture maker PieterJan Mattan, reflects Formichetti’s penchant for playful design and pops of color.

The preponderance of fashion players at NYCxDESIGN follows the recent trend within the fashion industry toward craftsmanship and material-centric design; in 2018, Jonathan Anderson launched the Loewe Craft Prize and debuted a series of loom-woven based blankets at Salon de Mobile in Milan. To peep the more local design-meets-fashion offerings at this year’s NYCxDESIGN, swipe through the gallery below.

Rafael de Cardenas x Mel Ottenberg for Sight Unseen Offsite, Photo by Josh Gaddy, courtesy of Sight Unseen Offsite

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