I Love Pretty Makes NYFW Debut with Stunning “Desolation Nation” Collection

Designer Yang Juan explores depression, biochemical dependency and the struggle of today’s youth to find inner peace and happiness in a turbulent world.

Models walk the runway for I Love Pretty during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 06, 2019 in New York City. (Sept. 5, 2019 - Source: MIKE COPPOLA/Getty Images North America via Zimbio)

Yang Juan may have been denied entry to the United States for her clothing line I Love Pretty‘s New York Fashion Week debut, however, it was still a memorable day for both the designer and people in attendance.

Held at Spring Studios in Tribeca, I Love Pretty hosted their show during day two of NYFW: The Shows 2019 on Friday, September 6th. Titled “Desolation Nation,” the collection explores depression, biochemical dependency and the struggle of today’s youth to find inner peace and happiness in a turbulent world.

The show was divided into three parts, as the story of the collection is told in the same vignettes. Beginning with “Break Free,” the pieces are a call to release oneself from the pull of darkness, depression and night. Part two, titled “Soul Salvation,” followed, and represents consciousness, grace, and awareness which transition into part three, “Transformation and Rebirth,” which represent light, love, hope and celebration.

A model walks the runway for I Love Pretty during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 06, 2019 in New York City.
(Sept. 5, 2019 – Source: MIKE COPPOLA/Getty Images North America via Zimbio)

With strong suitings and flirty silhouettes, I Love Pretty’s SS20 collection is reminiscent of America’s late 1980s/early 1990s. Designer Yang Juan even selected Japanese painter Junnai Maru’s celebrated “Inferiority Sense” as a statement piece for the collection. The character of the piece and the juxtaposition of bright colors represent the melancholy, despair and hope in the hearts of young people throughout the world.

Asymmetrical tops, generously tailored trousers, raincoats, oversized unisex tunic tees/shirtings and fun party dresses — as well as patent leather, tulle, organza, satin and seasonless wool crepe — were on full display as models walked down the runway showing off the new collection.

Celeb Secrets had a front row seat to the presentation which you can relive by watching the live stream below.

Click through the gallery to see looks from I Love Pretty’s SS20 collection and shop the brand here.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.