The Night Of
Featuring daywear, accessories and ball-gowns, the Spring 2018 collection was showcased at New York’s uptown Doubles Club. The collection introduced a number of new elements to the house: a diverse color palette; detail-oriented techniques such as pin-tucking; and new textiles like denim. Collaborations with other artists were also a first for the house—a Jules Buck Jones drawing was embroidered across the pale pink jacquard ball skirt that closed the show, and embellished animal earrings were made in partnership with Lunch at the Ritz by Zander Elliot.
Casting Director James Scully, Stylist George Cortina, Creative Movement Director Stephen Galloway, and Music Director Sebastien Perrin worked closely with Maxwell again this season to create an extraordinary show.
Set designer Marla Weinhoff took the already impactful Doubles Club to the next level with rose and mauve lighting, a bespoke runway backdrop, and an oversized floral lioness head by Nicolas Cogrel flowers. Shortly after meeting the lioness at the door, guests enjoyed generous glasses of cuvée from Perrier Jouët.
“THE THING I LOVED MOST ABOUT THE SPACE IS THAT IT WAS SMALL AND INTIMATE. THAT’S REALLY HOW MY LIFE HAS BEEN FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHS AND I WANTED THE SHOW TO BE REFLECTIVE OF THAT.”
The look for the evening was effortlessly glamorous and it was executed to perfection by some of the industry’s greatest talents. Make-up artist Tom Pecheux for MAC Cosmetics used a range of neutral tones that complimented each woman’s complexion and a kohl eye-liner added intensity. James Pecis for Oribé kept it wavy, free and flawless. Deborah Lippmann completed the look with a sheer, light pink nail.
Gigi Hadid, wearing a pink crepe blazer and the high rise skinny jeans, opened the show to Maxwell’s friends and family cheering. The models sauntered through the space to the soundtrack of encouragement from Maxwell’s supporters and Sebastien Perrin’s immaculately composed mix (read more about the tracks here). Karlie Kloss closed the show in the oversized ball skirt that swept across the guests seated on velvet banquettes. Intimacy was the resounding note of the night.
Maxwell also auctioned off two tickets to his show with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Houston Food Shelter to support the survivors of Hurricane Harvey. Texas born Maxwell is very connected to his roots so it was an absolute necessity to support those affected while he was in New York finalizing the preparations of the show.