Back to the 90s with LUAR: LUAR Fall 2019


Designer Raul Lopez of LUAR knows how to rally a crowd. Besides the support of Rhianna, Kendrick Lamar and Solange, on show day fangirl spottings were found by the bedazzled rhinestone ‘LUAR’ t-shirts proudly worn among the group settling into Tribeca’s Spring Studios space to find their seats.

Queuing start time by a flash of light, models took the runway by storm with a little more blaze in their stride. Flip phones in hand, ‘LUAR’ hair clips read across their flat-ironed straight bangs, and the redesigned Cynthia bag reclaimed the glam and luxury of the 1990s. Eager guests played back with cheers and finger snaps. The industry loves a good throwback.

‘Redemption’ he called it. Lopez shared: ” AW19 was inspired by the freethinking mentality of pre + post Y2K. A time when fabulousness, opulence, luxury, and off-kilter thinking was a way of life.” Designs varied from a classic mini blazer dress to the avant-garde. The designer sent a multi-pleated layered skirt with trouser pant that covered the left leg and a dress with a leather belt weaving through the form down the runway. A comeback of his signature for draping mannish pinstripe into feminine blouses and dresses advanced his message for gender fluid fashion for all. Nineties attributions brought nostalgia, while design technique invited the vision – “LUAR is for you.”

Valerie McPhail

Valerie McPhail is a New York-based writer on things of style and artistic expression. She has a portfolio of writing for both fashion and art publications. Although she enjoys covering fashion news and supporting new designers, her favorite subject to explore is the experience of fashion and how life is communicated through clothing. She believes there is a lot to be said about this.