Sergio Hudson has many muses. His work is seen on Blake Lively, Cookie Johnson, Keke Palmer, and many more and they help influence what he creates. He understands that his role as a designer is to make a woman — his woman — look her absolute best. “I’m giving them what they want,” he said backstage, adding that he keeps an eye on what sells as a way to guide him, too. “Sometimes we designers get too in our head and we don’t really give the girls anything new to want.” Well, that’s not Hudson.
He began with a more muted palette, houndstooth suiting with his signature sharp shoulder and a crisp white shirt and tie. He said he was thinking on what the iconic style setters of the ’70’s wore to fly, a time when you got “dressed” to travel, naming images of Tina Turner flying as another muse.
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The decadent decade gave him a wide road to explore new ideas, like several pleated sheer chiffon dresses with billowy peasant sleeves, unbuttoned down to the wide belts (a new accessory category) and uber sexy. Color is a house trademark and while the early looks pivoted away, he also gave the crowd what they want — colorful razor-cut suiting in updated proportions, one in peach with a leather bustier and another double breasted with shoulder pads and a cigarette pant. Both are sure to be bestsellers.
He rounded it out with jewel-tone pieces with body-con draped separates, paired with sparking maxi- and miniskirts with matching paillettes and another new category: eyewear. “I kind of pull it back a little bit,” he said of his fall collection. “Because I want to build their wardrobe.” Judging from the reaction from the crowd, his more pulled-back work is soon to become staples in many wardrobes.
Launch Gallery: Sergio Hudson RTW Fall 2023