Collection 10 it’s called, Sergio Hudson’s New York Fashion Week show that premiered last night at the Léman Ballroom in Manhattan. The first noticeable thing is that this collection is more sensual and fun than other of Sergio Hudson collections, which tend to be print-less with bold solid colors. But Hudson has shaken things up a bit, perhaps letting us know that we can’t put his sartorial storytelling in one box.
“This is a pivotal collection in the brand’s history,” says Hudson. “The Sergio Hudson woman has come fully to life. We know exactly who she is and we are going after her.” The South Carolina but LA-based designer worked hard to get to where he is now to build his brand. Studying fashion in Atlanta, Hudson started out, post- studies doing made-to-measure work, then got a slight breakthrough on Bravo’s Styled To Rock design show in 2014. Since conception in 2014, he has made waves in American fashion, dressing former First Lady Michelle Obama for President Biden’s Inauguration in January- as well as for Vice President Kamala Harris.
There are fun looks of short mini dresses with large spurts of designs and color shapes. “Keeping with his knack for eye-catching color, Hudson provided color blocking pieces in cobalt blue, terracotta, chartreuse and royal purple inspired by African tribal masks,” states the House in notes. He has created shawl collar coats, like a black and white piece that flows off the shoulders that accompanies a black turtle neckline shirt and black pants. Or, an off-white shawl coat that adds a feminine touch in how falls on the silhouette, and paired it with a slick white jumpsuit with keyhole blouse.
Animal print evening wear is a boom. And this is what Hudson is known for, giving booms of color, but in Collection 10 he has done it with leopard-esque prints in a fitted high waisted skirt and midriff collard blouse top that ties at the abdomen. A black polka dot evening gown with white background and thigh-high slit is tasteful while sensual. To add a greater touch, Hudson has included a black bra with straps that offers a different touch to the dress.
Silks and chiffon are some of the textiles used in the collection. “I have a few fabrics that I always use like wool crepe, silk charmeuse and chiffon, and cashmere. This collection also has a lot of velvet, suede, and leather. Because a lot of the looks are seasonless, there are things you can wear year-round. I wanted to take the complication out of it and make in between collections that could be worn for fall or resort, or for any season,” says Hudson. “I don’t want customers to feel like they have to wear it at a certain time.”
And let’s not discount his tailored suits. One of the best suits and coat tailors, Hudson understands that women want, no, they crave a proper pants suit. A lime green pant suit has velvet material around the shouldering, and like a rich blue pants suit, is paired with a tailored bra as opposed to a blouse. The detailing is impeccable. The bra for the lime green bra incorporates velvet into it. And a rich pink pants suit is total girl box with sharpened shoulders with the jacket done in a double-breasted technique of overlapping front flaps and noticeable pockets on the jacket. This suit can be worn blouse or blouse-less.
The inspiration comes from an era. “It’s in part inspired by the singer Prince and the New Power Generation era, so everything is very sexy, but clean and modern. I’ve tried to create a world like he did during that album run,” muses Hudson.
Collaborating with Malone Souliers, a shoe and accessories brand. Hudson chose to work with the shoe company again this year, and the two were able to create two styles of shoes that match each look in the Sergio Hudson sartorial storytelling. The Mimi and the Nana shoes are done in Stretch Satin, Suede, Velvet, and Nappa Leather, and completed in rich color- a Hudson signature touch and metallics.
It will be possible to purchase the Malone Souliers for Sergio Hudson collaboration shoes this fall at MaloneSouliers.com and SergioHudson.com. Collection 10 can also be purchased this fall at SergioHudson.com, and at select retailers. And last night’s runways show was made possible by Parfums de Marly, IMG Fashion Alliance, Luxury Stores at Amazon- which Sergio Hudson just started selling on, Relevant, S_Projects, Stila, Tamika Wilson, Voss, Auda. B, En Vue Casting, and Hallmark Mahogany.