The second day of New York Fashion Week was full of great moments, but the star was Brandon Maxwell. The American designer won us over again with his Fall 22 collection.
The name Brandon Maxwell is one of the most popular among insiders in the fashion industry. The Texan designer risen to fame in recent years and his modern designs have managed to win over today’s women. Through his point of view and creative vision, he is writing new rules of modern sensuality and femininity. All his expertise in pop culture and music, plus his roots, have allowed him to create a new aesthetic in which women feel confident in sexy clothes that aren’t vulgar and elegant looks that aren’t boring. His clothes are the uniform of the new generations.
The designer has made it clear that he is an artist who marches to the beat of his own drum with collections don’t follow the trends. Brandon Maxwell is his own world, one in which garments are beautiful creations that enhance the beauty of women. Starting with his first collection in 2016, this designer from Longview, Texas, demonstrated his expertise in the world of design and fashion. He has always made it clear that his talent comes in his family and that he is proud of his roots, so it’s no surprise that this collection was inspired by the love story between his Mammaw and Pappaw. Brandon Maxwell’s grandparents met in 1956, united by their love for each other and their passion for the world of fashion; it is from them that his love for this industry comes. His grandmother was an icon of style and elegance. This season’s garments were inspired by old images of his grandmother and her sisters in the fifties. All the glamor from that era was the basis for the designer’s Fall 22 collection.
This collection is a return to the opulence central to the designer’s DNA. Each of the looks in the collection has that timeless elegance that has characterized Brandon Maxwell’s previous collections. In light and shadow, the models walked the runway with beautiful clothes that were a nod to the aesthetics of 70 years ago, not just in the silhouettes and designs, but the spirit of elegance and class of the time–when women wore dresses with maxi skirts made of satin and silk and garments embellished with embroidery, feathers, lace and tulle. We saw all of these elements in the designer’s latest collection.
Textiles like suede, cotton and denim were mixed with leather, silk, and satin, transforming them into beautifully crafted garments and demonstrating the expertise of Brandon Maxwell and the tailors in his atelier. There were bodycon dresses, knit sweaters with crinkled satin maxi skirts, and XL knit chalets with feathers. There were tight dresses with sweetheart necklines in the front and back, luxurious lace and feather detail, and everyday garments like coats, skirts, blouses, and sweaters.
The designer’s Fall 22 collection was full of ladylike garments with a touch of modernity. We saw casual jeans and knit sweaters and the sexy irreverence that has always been part of the Brandon Maxwell brand in leather – transformed into pleated maxi skirts and baggy pants – and in tulle and lace transparencies. It was a collection in which the past, present, and future came together.
Brandon Maxwell said, “Now I have the privilege of dressing women of all ages and backgrounds and still it is always Mammaw’s approval that I seek.” I must say, his grandmother would be proud of each of the designs in this Fall 22 collection. Each one of his garments was beautifully made and, as he himself said, adapt to any woman. I think we can safely say that Brandon Maxwell is the couturier of the modern woman.