Christopher John Rogers, the 26-year-old Baton Rouge-born designer who's already dressed the likes of Lizzo, Rihanna, Cardi B, and Michelle Obama, debuted his Fall/Winter 2020 collection at New York Fashion Week - his first presentation since winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award and second runway show to date. With a distinctive and fantastical vision, the young designer delivered on drama and spectacle - two traits that are already synonymous with his namesake brand - satiating any and all desires for whimsical, energetic, and often extra clothing.
Ultravoluminous silhouettes, from runway-wide ball gowns to ear-grazing puff sleeves and strawberry-shaped skirts (which are quickly becoming a hallmark of the brand), twirled, sauntered, and strutted down the runway, gratifying excitable showgoers who did more than "ooh" and "aah" - not-so-subtle whispers of "yassss" and "werrrrrk" were sharply echoed by "elegance" and "everything" to denote a supportive and satisfactory review.
A nod to retro style, the assortment of red-carpet-worthy eveningwear was reinterpreted through a wondrous and modern lens. It's the kind of collection that only a young visionary could execute with such imaginativeness and precision. Unless you have a high-flown sense of style, the clothes aren't the most wearable in real life. But in an instant, they fulfill a certain fantasy that can leave you breathless; regardless of whether you'd wear them or not, you're left feeling joyful and inspired. And isn't that what fashion is all about?
Ahead, witness every look from the Christopher John Rogers show for yourself. It's clear that this on-the-rise designer is only just getting started.