Ulla Johnson Was Chock Full of Batik Modest Inspiration + NYFW Highlights

We know. We are seriously behind–fashion week is already on its third circuit over in Milan. But there was only so much time in between classes and assignments to take in and digest all the NYFW shows, street styles and many, many food spreads.

First, a 30 second (?) recap:

Eman Idil had her first NYFW show which by the way we need to write about. Halima Aden didn’t walk, but was seen at the Harper’s Bazaar Icons party,  the Business of Fashion dinner and took over the Calvin Klein story. Here’s everyone else we watched during fashion week. Rodarte returned to New York with lots of flowers and fluffy tulle in tow. Ralph Lauren celebrated his 50th anniversary, there was Kaia Gerber, there was Blake Lively, there were the cutest little kids decked out in Polo. There were not as much faux hijabs as last season. We did not like the Monse show, and that’s our favorite show to watch! Marc Jacobs was on Muslim Standard Time and started his show 90 minutes late. We want everything from Pyer Moss. Calvin Klein was too literal with his Jaws tank top and several graduation caps. Oh and yellow is the new millennial  pink.

Ok, now to our faves.

Ulla Johnson takes our Hijabified award for Most Hijabi Inspiration, in other words, the best show. Their prize is us repeatedly clicking through their show and pinning it all over our Pinterest boards.

Held in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Ulla Johnson brought her models out in swoon-worthy batik maxi dresses, skirts and tops. It was all so perfectly hijabifiable, the crochet-lacey shirts under some of the dresses, the long sleeve maxi dresses that are kind of like the prairie milkmaid resurgence we saw out on the streets but more in a rustic way. You can say florals and stripes but it doesn’t do it justice. Pattern play is tricky–panels and patch-worked even more so–but Ulla Johnson is no amateur.

Inspired by the Hetero tribeswomen of Namibia and an isolated African American enclave down in Alabama, her work featured handcrafted elements. Masaai crafts women are responsible for the beadwork on the bags and dresses. We found a new styling trick, layering a puffy or textured long sleeve under a short sleeve jumpsuit or a frilly strapped maxi dress for full coverage.

You have to see them for yourself. Scroll down for our favorites.

Ulla Johnson SS19 Source: Vogue
Ulla Johnson SS19 Source: Vogue
Ulla Johnson SS19 Source: Vogue
Ulla Johnson SS19 Source: Vogue
Ulla Johnson SS19 Source: Vogue
Ulla Johnson SS19 Source: Vogue
Ulla Johnson SS19 Source: Vogue
Ulla Johnson SS19 Source: Vogue
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Ulla Johnson SS19 Source: Vogue
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Ulla Johnson SS19 Source: Vogue

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