Last week, we stopped by the Sunken Living Room and caught up with Melke designer, Emma Gage, who discussed the inspirations behind her vivid collection. It’s always a treat when we have the opportunity to stop by Spring Studios’ sunken living room during NYFW. The plush red velvet carpeted den complete with a stylish ’70s conversation pit is the perfect reprieve from the busy streets outside. Melke’s SS23 NYFW collection fit perfectly in the space with a playful and nostalgic vibe that draws the eye with its flowers and a sprightly color palette. With a splash of mod ’60s style here and a dash of grungy ’90s style there, the collection is rich with styling opportunities that blend with every aesthetic.
The collection was titled “How to Act Like a Man?” – the garments an antithesis of its title. Growing tired of hearing the age-old trope that women must dress like men to get ahead in the workplace, designer and founder, Emma Gage crafted a collection that encourages wearers to dress as they please. Not for the male gaze. Emma gave us a look into the collection’s inspirations:
With such wisdom in navigating male-dominated industries, we asked Emma what her advice is for young women entering the fashion world.
Melke’s SS23 NYFW collection How to Act Like a Man? is not only a collection but a statement maker and a conversation starter. The question posed prompts viewers to think. “Should we act like men, dress like men, and talk like men in order to be happy and successful?” Absolutely not!