West Side Story: Telfar Global Puts a Nostalgic Spin on Streetwear for Spring-Summer '19

Models pose at the Telfar Presentation during New York Fashion Week at BLADE Lounge on September 9, 2018 in New York City.
Models pose at the Telfar Presentation during New York Fashion Week at BLADE Lounge on September 9, 2018 in New York City.
Photo: Noam Galai (Getty Images)

Queens, NY-based designer Telfar Clemens staged an all-black preview of his Spring-Summer 2019 collection, titled “Not for You, for Everyone,” in London this August, but still managed to make it stateside to present his latest collection during New York Fashion Week. His SS19 NYFW presentation took place in a vacant lot adjacent to BLADE Lounge on the city’s West Side, with a return appearance by South African musical duo FAKA and other talents to help bring his vision to life.

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FAKA (lower left) and other musicians perform at the Telfar Presentation during New York Fashion Week at BLADE Lounge on September 9, 2018 in New York City.
FAKA (lower left) and other musicians perform at the Telfar Presentation during New York Fashion Week at BLADE Lounge on September 9, 2018 in New York City.
Photo: Noam Galai (Getty Images)

The rainswept venue proved the perfect setting for Telfar’s vision for spring, a gender-fluid collection which leaned heavily on ‘60s and 70's color schemes and late 70's punk nostalgia, even placing era-evocative wigs on the heads of several of the all-black cast of models.

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The presentation’s color story, silhouettes and setting evoked instant visual associations with film and television classics like West Side Story, Cooley High and Good Times. Mustard, russet, olive and denim blues all featured heavily in the collection, as did patchwork, varsity and stars-and-stripes motifs and the Budweiser logo, thanks to a collaboration with the 142-year-old beer brand.

The effect? Good old American nostalgia designed not just for a presumptive “you,” but for everyone.

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up, co-host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door...May I borrow some sugar?

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Lord knows I love a good Beatnik wig but they gave sis a straight up “Ramona & Beezus” bob.

It’s like the Kelly Rowland counterpart of the Beyonce going-through-it wig.

It looks like they stole it from a Michaela Cole skit.

I would trust absolutely NONE of those bitches if they all came out looking fly and I was rockin the Wayne’s World. 

He’s so cute too. Give him an Uhura or Aretha or Tammi Terrell or something.

I’m sorry but I can’t deal. I am angry but also dead. They did him dirty.