Backstage at NYFW: Marcel Ostertag

Flowing Dresses, Transparent Blouses, and Delicate Tassels Turn the Catwalk into a Disco

“Anything by Diana Ross.” That was the answer designer Marcel Ostertag gave us when we asked him to pick a song that expressed the self-titled brand’s new collection for Spring/Summer 2018, “Freedom”.

The 70s-pop icon suits the line’s several nods to the decade – sequins, tassels, and retro silhouettes that cloaked the models as they came down the catwalk at Skylight Clarkson Square on Wednesday. The show marked the fourth New York Fashion Week for Ostertag who toured us around backstage before the runway show as we chatted about the most memorable advice he was given for NYFW, the name of the new collection, and even got some outfit inspo.

Give us three words to sum up this collection.

Freedom, peace, and love.

The name of the collection is “Freedom”. What does that mean to you?

Freedom means for me just that you have the freedom to do what you want in life. That you have the freedom to slow everything down. That you have the freedom to spend more time with your family and your best friends and that you celebrate a never ending party. That’s the theme for the collection.

Off the top of your head, can you put together a piece for the New York woman using pieces from the line?

I would say it’s really tight blazer, really loose for the silk trouser and quite sexy, feminine, but still hidden silk blouse.

What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given before New York Fashion Week?

To slow down. It’s really tough to slow down and not to want to do everything in one time.

Now, if you were giving advice, would that be it or is there something else that comes to mind?

I would say, stop talking and start working. That’s something many people in New York maybe should think about because I’ve been chatting yesterday the whole day you know, and that holds me back from work. I had so many things to do yesterday. I have to design a new shoe collection for a European brand and I couldn’t do anything because I’ve been chatting the whole day.