Dedicated to Texas and his family and friends, Brandon Maxwell debuted his Spring 2019 collection at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan on Saturday night of NYFW.
It was clear that the collection's inspiration stemmed from the designer's Southern roots as big hair and cowboy hats (encased in lucite bags, no less) glided down the runway to the tunes of Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift. There was also a Barbie doll vibe throughout the collection as red and pink hues dominated the show.
While the crowd sat on Yeti coolers and in the back of pickup trucks, Maxwell's collection was undeniably upscale with evening dresses, power jumpsuits and full skirts making their way down the pink catwalk.
AOL spoke with model Bella Hadid after the runway show to see what she thinks sets Maxwell apart as a designer.
"You know what I really think sets him apart is, I mean, obviously everybody sees Brandon and how kind he is and how humble he is, but he just really puts his heart on his sleeve and he always comes in with a positive attitude even if he’s not feeling well. And I think that for him, just the fact that he makes it not just about work, he makes it about a family. He literally tells us, 'if you want to go say hi to people in the crowd when you’re walking, please do it. If you want to stop and dance while you’re walking, do it. Just be yourself and do things you want to do -- this is your runway.' He really makes us all feel really beautiful, so he is definitely one of a kind and unlike anyone else I’ve ever worked with," Hadid explained.
It was obvious at the show that Hadid's words really resonated with all of the models, as each woman walked down the runway confidently, some absolutely grinning ear to ear. Nearly every model of the moment walked in the show, including Gigi Hadid, Taylor Hill, Joan Smalls, Cindy Bruna, Lily Aldridge and Stella Maxwell.
The show also was the kick event for the designer's new partnership with Kia. Maxwell's show notes explained that Kia will be making "a substantial donation to the Marfa Schools" in Texas as well as "providing significant funding for technological advancements and educational programming." In a press release from Kia, the car company's partnership with the fashion designer was further detailed.
"Influenced by fashion designer Brandon Maxwell’s latest Texas-inspired runway collection, a ranch-ready Telluride with saddle-like leather accents debuted at New York Fashion Week. Together with Maxwell, Kia is donating substantial funding to the public school system of Marfa, Texas, where Maxwell designed his SS’19 collection."
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