Just got home from a fashion centric week in New York City! One thing I noticed this season is that many brands are doing an exposé after their runways, having models all line up to showcase the collections, which I thought was a fun and interactive way for customers and fashion lovers to catch more than just a passing glimpse of the upcoming season. If people want to keep moving onto the next show, they can, but if you want to get up close and personal, that you may. The vehicle of New York Fashion Week seems to be tossing out some new ways to make fashion week fresh again and less of a never-ending parade of clothes. I do love that parade though, even if it might be a bit overwhelming at first glance.
First up was Narciso Rodriguez no nonsense, lack of excess collection. I loved the mix of neutrals, eye catching monochrome broken up by pattern and the occasional bright color.
The Row had similar concepts to Narciso Rodriguez in it’s minimal composure. Classic looks with delicate textures and materials were a new spin on our favorite basics. The sleeveless cream dress with matching turtleneck and boots seemed like the coziest, trendiest way to dress for a cold winter day! I liked that the arm hole extends to the waist for a looser effect that’s roomy for thicker layers.
Noon by Noor’s Women’s wear was inspired by the designing duos home, Bahrain. The Arabic script on the sweater quotes “to the moon and back” and the collection had effortless shapes in vivid colors. I liked the varied sleeve shapes. There were flouncy cuffed bishop and peasant sleeves to trendy off the shoulder cuts that were all tasteful and fun.
Pamella Roland always has a decadence about it that brings a smile to my face. In its highest moment of fashionability, wearability isn’t lost in the message and I think that brings a whole other level of ingenue to this runway.
Loved the shimmery material prominent through Jill Stuart. She said the message of her collection is, “Individuality and women expressing themselves through art.” There was charm and luxury that looked as good as it (hopefully) felt.
Victoria Beckham’s nonchalant collection stayed true to its minimal roots though it carried a little extra flair with accent colors. The dark shades of tan, orange and olive will be so moody for the fall and the elongated shapes were perfectly proportioned to the sleeve length, material choices and roomy jackets and sweaters. As multi layer attire continues to be a strong element of fashion today, and featured through this season, Victoria Beckham proves she’s one of the trendiest designers out there.
Alexander Wang held his show in the old Conde Nast offices. Full of classic shapes at fresh, although short, lengths and logo decorated athleisure, the elusive styles were powerful. They were workwear inspired, though I doubt anyone could wear most these ensembles in an office. They were still attractive pieces, the stilettos and tight shapes are perfect for a party. Mixing a couple pieces could create more appropriate daytime attire.
Obviously always well constructed, Christian Soriano celebrated ten years in fashion. Attended by a diverse group of fans including Meg Ryan, Cardi B, Laverne Cox and Whoopi Goldberg, a dramatic show followed. Voluminous gowns, giant sleeves, red fur coats, and plenty of sparkle and shine glided down the runway. The embellishments were not overly harsh, though some gowns were obviously red carpet only. It was a celebration after all, so flamboyancy was to be expected.
The polished and bright styles from Claudia Li were so great to see. Largely a collection with warm tones, mostly in pinks and orange, the mature, assertive styles were boastful, especially in patterns against white canvas backgrounds. Li herself said, “the collections are growing with me, I see that now.”
Alejandra Alonso Rojas says she builds on past collections. Because they are inspired so much by her family there is an emotional quality and timelessness to the styles that draws you in. I like that this brand celebrates tradition and classical style inspired by people who came before us that too often seems lost entirely on the new generation.
The dreamiest palette was from Brandon Maxwell. From lilac to hot pink and pale gold to white sequined tops, the vivacious collection had my attention from start to finish. While there was plenty of his signature evening attire, there was plenty of style for day. The best part was how different pieces would work well with other pieces in the collection. There were 38 looks, but it could have easily been doubled mixing, matching and layering.
Stayed tuned for full length videos and New York Fashion Week Part 2 coming soon!