Boss New York Fashion Week Women's S/S 2019

Chief brand officer Ingo Wilts presents a collection that fuses architectural tailoring with a surfs-up aesthetic

Models wear white and yellow dresses with waist belts and cream suit
Boss S/S 2019.
(Image credit: Jason Lloyd-Evans)

Mood board: The carefree attitude of the Californian coast was a touchstone for Boss this season – its first womenswear showing since the departure of former creative director Jason Wu. Under the stewardship of chief brand officer Ingo Wilts, the collection drew inspiration from coastal cities and the modern houses overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This translated into pieces that displayed both an architectural sensibility and a surf-inspired feel. Geometric prints that echoed surfboard stripes, utilitarian drawstring details on tailored pieces and parkas made from neoprene-like wool were just some of the ways that the two became one.

Best in show: Tailoring, always a Boss signature, was an alluring fusion of clean elegance and laid-back charm. Softer structures and airy, textured fabrics like crinkled cotton and paper-touch cloth brought a relaxed, summery feel to suits for both men and women, especially when teamed with shades like light teal, orange and soft blush. Blouses and skirts also exhibited a keen attention to detail, as seen through precise pleating and crinkling that was achieved by hand. The addition of unexpected utilitarian details such as drawstrings and contrasting stitching also brought a sport-inspired flair.

Finishing touches: Large, versatile tote bags and elegant leather bucket bags helped to perpetuate the all-occasions feel of the collection. Finished off with sporty rubberised sneakers, derby shoes for men and strappy sandals with geometric heels for women, Boss’ latest incarnation is perfectly suited for modern living.

Models wear burgundy blazer, skirt, jacket and pastel shirts

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Models wear pastel dress, coat, shorts and geometric patterned jacket

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Models wear burgundy jacket, trench coat and nylon blouse and shirt

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Models wear navy jackets, t-shirt, striped knit and bucket hat

(Image credit: Jason Lloyd-Evans)

Pei-Ru Keh is a former US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru held various titles at Wallpaper* between 2007 and 2023. She reports on design, tech, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru took a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars, actively seeking out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.