New York Fashion Week has drawn to a close officially on September 11th! That was a big line-up of some good, some bad, and many amazing outfits. Before we move on to London Fashion Week coverage, which starts today, let’s do another trend update:
The models strutted down the runway in beautiful bronze-camel frocks constructed from luxurious satins and shimmering layers at Ralph Lauren this season. Show-stopping embroidered necklaces resembling intricate layering of crystal necklaces elevated utilitarian inspired workout to an evening-wear level. The color palette focused on tan, sage and olive tones, but Lauren wasn’t hesitant to incorporate bright pops of color in forms of outerwear and separates. A beautiful collection which is worthy of every penny it costs.
The Elder Statesman
Hippie vibes and free spirits played a role in The Elder Statesman presentation which was inspired by a fictional “family.” Light and airy pieces in flattering-for-all silhouettes ann a happy, calm palette.
Bold color blocking and gentle draping provided for a look hinting at a modern muse. Gilles Mendel played with outerwear such as structured blazers in addition to providing a lineup of his luxurious furs. Although some of the graphic prints looks a bit loud, the overall elements played well with each other in a steady palette.
Clover Canyon fuses several trends we are very familiar with this season: perforated athletic touches, graphic prints, Japanese-inspired cuts and an ode to spring flowers. The standouts happen with clever prints suggesting 3D effects, such as in the sleeveless shift-dress with a ‘peeling’ wallpaper graphic.
The show introduced sporty body-skimming, tank silhouette pieces in a burgundy, white and navy palette. Narrowly ribbed knitwear and Far East inspired silhouettes provided additional modesty to an already refined collection.
Whimsical, playful and rebellious military uniforms filled the bubble-gum pink space. Sculpted minis and precise, tailored jackets lent rigidity and familiar tone to the uniforms. The cabochons elevated the uniform out of wallflower status, cleverly placed into wonderful designs. The palette remained neutral with tans, olives and splashes of blue tones.
Juan Carlos Obando
Flowing, airy silhouettes in neutral tones with plenty of loungewear elements comprised the line-up. Silks, drawstrings and a focus on dresses lent way to several beautiful separated with leopard print.
Chloë Sevigny for O.C.
The collection is true to Ms. Sevigny’s tastes, denim overalls and all. Toned down colors, frilly accents, and girl pieces that remind of a grown-up Lolita.
Zaldy introduced dramatic and inventive pieces for his re-introduction to retail fashion. He costumed performers from Cirque du Soleil to Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, but the theatrics of stage clothes were turned down to factor in wearability. Beautiful airy dresses and silk-chiffons gently wrapped curves to produce silhouettes with drama but without the costume factor.
According to Nili Lotan, her designs are about style rather than fashion. The clothes were reflective of her philosophy, focusing on quality fabrics and flattering silhouettes rather than extravagant embellishments. Oversized sweaters in a neutral palette bear as much mass-appeal as the chic striped pieces.
Assembly New York
A minimalist black and white palette with no bells-and-whistles, just beautiful silhouettes and stylish layering inspired by social uniforms.
A fairly simple and likeable collection that has great hanger-appeal. Down-to-earth cool with simple shades.
Steampunk mixed with urban dystopia comes to mind at Greg Lauren’s show. Distressed fabrics and loose layers in low saturated tones fed the urban chic image. Wonderfully casual get-ups that both look to the future and reminisce of Oliver Twist.
Clean silhouettes in a tame palette lent an ethereal mood to the presentation. Transparent layers added to the atmosphere by further softening the looks.
Foiled terry helped keep the evening looks glamorous while the rest of the collection focused on providing athletically inspired wear that’s fun, fresh and whimsical.