When novelty knitwear brand PH5 invited me to their NYFW presentation, it was a blur of excitement, ticket-buying, outfit-selecting, and food-planning. After a 6-hour train ride, I ended up in the bustling, magical chaos that is New York City — a way too overpacked suitcase in hand and no clue how fashion week works. I crossed my fingers that I wouldn’t embarrass myself too much in the next 24 hours.
I stayed at the vintage-meets-modern Nomo Soho hotel, which is nestled in the heart of the Soho district. It was comfortable, chic, and convenient (not to mention their lemon ricotta pancakes were divine) and I would recommend it to anyone. The street it was on ended up being my #ootd backdrop — I was quite nervous about shooting by myself with a wonky tripod on the streets of Soho, but it ended up being just fine. I guess when it comes to people dressed in weird outfits and taking photos of themselves, New Yorkers have seen just about everything. A man delivering gallons of water even offered to pose with me. Ha!
Now onto the exciting part: the presentation! If you read this post, you’ll know that PH5 strives to push the boundaries of knitwear. You won’t find chunky woollen sweaters or even luxurious cashmere cardigans. Whether it’s hand-stitched neoprene clouds or a swirling scalloped hem, PH5 differentiates itself with playful details and sophisticated techniques — and the FW17 collection did not disappoint.
Showcased in the airy Bortolami Gallery, the collection was set to a background of larger-than-life white balloons, which I thought complemented the designs perfectly. They added elements of whimsy and absurdity to the otherwise cold, industrial room. And while I feel iffy about the clear boots, the clothes were exquisite. From rainbow-printed jumpsuits to delicately woven pieces that looked more like chiffon than knitwear, my eyes didn’t know where to look first.
For my first NYFW experience, the PH5 presentation was more than what I could’ve hoped for! A big thank you to the PH5 team for inviting me, and a huge congrats to Wei Lin and Mijia Zhang on the beautiful collection. I left New York feeling inspired and recharged (and tired — but it was utterly worth it).
PH5 asymmetric knit tank
citizens of humanity liya hi-low hem jeans
& other stories alpaca blend coat
ASOS white heels
matter matters mono deco clutch
photography by yours truly