Ready-to-wear bran Carlisle hosted their first NYFW show for the fall/winter ’18 collection. Their NYFW debut is the first collection to be designed by the newly-appointed creative director Fred Tutino, who was formerly of Elie Tahari.
The brand promotes female empowerment, and their NYFW show was a celebration of “real” women through timeless style and accessible price points. The collection was inspired by Folk Dandy, a mix of eccentric British Saville Row tailoring with a Balkan’s folk spirit, resulting in a conservative hippie look. “I wanted to create a collection that speaks to the vintage-inspired world traveler,” Tutino said. “It’s an intersection of tradition and modernity.”
The runway featured 37 put-together outfits with hints of whimsical detail. Suits were reinterpreted in classic fabrics like tweed, wool, and houndstooth with fun embellishments. Carlisle also offered eveningwear for the first time, showing two romantic gowns: one burgundy chiffon v-neck flowing frock, and a beaded embroidered tulle dress.
The show is a result of Carlisle’s rebranding tactics. Carlisle has undergone a brand overhaul within the past year, transitioning to higher-end materials and opening new locations. “We’ve been working on everything to relaunch every single consumer touchpoint and consumer-facing asset from color to the shopping bags and taglines to contemporize and make more relevant the Carlisle brand,” Chief Executive Officer Terrence Moorehead said.
The incorporation of a cashmere line within the brand features quality 18-gauge cashmere, used by brands like Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta, furthers the high-end look for Carlisle. The brand also now allows customers to make direct purchases from their website as well. The Carlisle price point has also slightly raised to an average of $500 for pieces.
From sheath dresses to tailored coats, the Carlisle show embodied accessible everyday chic. The changes within Carlisle, along with their NYFW debut, makes the luxury ready-to-wear brand one to watch.