Stepping into Adam Selman’s FW18 show was like stepping back into the 1980s. Forever pushing the limits of the ever luxe and sophisticated NYFW, Selman turned the hottest looks from the ‘80s into an unexpected line dripping with sex and glamour. Inspiration for his graphic and extraordinarily bright collection came from none other than Cheyco Leidmann and his two books, “Banana Split” and “Foxy Lady.” Several photos came directly from the books and were used on to create vivid, eye-catching shirts and dresses.
The show opened with an oversized silk shirt printed with an image of a topless woman in pink polka dot pants, facing another woman in blue spandex and holding a ketchup-dripping hamburger—stunningly paired with matching skin-tight blue pants. An orange long-sleeved t-shirt featured an image of two sunglass-clad women stretching green slime between their mouths, tucked into green hot pants and pulled together with a red leather belt.
From one dramatic piece to another, each look grew bolder and more fun. Neon tights shined playfully under near-kinky thigh-high boots and seductively rivaled the models’ extra-greasy hair. Countless zebra and tiger-print pieces pranced down the runway—a subtle ode to Yves Saint Laurent.
A hint of the ‘90s made its way into the show when models in cherry-red leather separates stepped foot onto the runway. Selman brought Britney Spears’ red catsuit back to life in the best way possible. Girly cutout hearts embellished the garish red leather in a matching pantsuit, while a zipper-front miniskirt was paired with a complementing boxy jacket.
As always, sleeves played a major role in Selman’s collection. From puffy and strappy to draping and off-the-shoulder, each look was tied together by that one detail. And you can’t feel nostalgic for the ‘80s and ‘90s without a few slip dresses. Red and silver silky numbers were adorned with rows of miniature glossy hearts, and quickly tugged at our own.
The Adam Selman girl is nothing short of rockstar-glam.
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