Relatively a new name on NYFW’s roster, Afffair by Azerbaijani designer, Rufat Ismayil closed out the Fall 2019 New York season with an upbeat collection that has been billed as sultry, empowering and very feminine.
Proposed looks ranged from cocktail to eveningwear, with very avant-garde silhouettes and intricate designs. Bodysuits were paired with multi-meter long trains; each look adorned with headpieces made of feathers, beads, and embellished hair pins.
Turkish supermodel, Tülin Sahin, opened the show with a two-piece ensemble complete with a beaded midriff bomber jacket and a satin emerald pleated skirt; giving off sophisticated “school girl” vibes.
Each as unique as butterfly’s wings, lace details abounded in sultry pantsuits to cocktail dresses expertly merging lace and velvet.
Standout pieces included a lace belted pantsuit and the finale piece, also worn by Sahin, a black velvet long sleeve evening gown with a voluminous ruched bottom in a deep goldenrod.
Considered one of Hollywood’s newest go-to labels, the finale piece from the Afffair Fall 2019 collection was selected and customized for Ashanti at the 2019 Grammy’s demonstrating Ismayil’s growing relationship with Hollywood’s elite.
Though most of the collection featured meticulous black lace and organza textiles; emerald green satin, lush silver velvet, and billowing gold layers of chiffon and satin created a rich color palette for the runway.
The collection was inspired by a trip Ismayil took to North America where the Monarch Butterfly’s intricate wings mesmerized him into a trance of lace, organza, and chiffon.
Notable attendees included Francesca Curran [Orange is the New Black], Jennifer Aydin [The Real Housewives of New Jersey], Angelina Pivarnick [Jersey Shore], Daniella Salvi, Rahmeka Cox [Miss New York 2018].
Photos courtesy of Afffair