Now is a fabulous time to be a New York Fashion Week fan! What have we got to look forward to for the upcoming Spring 2016 season? Dressing for the perfect occasion or day of the week – that’s all up the NYFW big players. Check out some of the designers that dazzled us in NYC last week.
Contributing Writer, Angela Bayout
We’re feeling inspired by the billowy knee to ankle-length boats presented by Stella McCartney, The Row, and J.W. Anderson. Capes, the aspirational autumn outerwear, were apparent in McCartney’s and The Row’s designs while still being modern and function with smooth lines and substantial wools. J.W. Anderson’s slightly 70s, moderately mod pieces will tickle the vintage lover but their chocolate-brown leather trench-style jacket will also please your mom.
Meanwhile, Mui Mui delivered girlish jumpers, capelets, and funky lace-up boots worn by moody gamine-like models. With the cropped sleeves and oversized collars n these youthful items, it’s almost as if the looks are meant for a French reform school and will surely add an air of whimsy in the everyday
Three shows that boasted bold colors that would look as good in dim party lighting as they would at brunch the next day were that of favorites Marc Jacobs and Anna Sui.
Marc Jacobs delivered a ready-to-wear collection popping with feminine florals, schoolgirl plaids, and big prints all exuding his cheeky attitude. Details in logo patches on letterman jackets beckon you to approach closely while bombastic patterns inspired by Andy Warhol’s screenprints or even Schiaparelli’s current couture collection are noticeable from across the room. The artfully-punk layers of eyeshadow and glitter nail polish on such models as elegant Karen Elson and glam-queen Beth Ditto added a twist of 90s and early 2000s nostalgia. Altogether, this is a collection any smart party girl will covet.
Sui stayed true to herself while still appealing with her playful florals cleverly coming out in 3D textures rather than simple prints. Her signature purple stands out in an adorable cocktail dress any gal would love for prom. Even her black-based pieces with bits of health goth inspiration offer a taste of boyish charm.
Leopore’s quirky collection combines boho frills, sophisticated midnight blacks, and electric blue creepers in unexpected places. Perhaps most memorable are her literal statement-making pieces that don’t need accessories.
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Chic all-American classics and standbys shined among Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and DKNY. All three featured looks that mix menswear, low or no waistlines, and casual sneakers for long lines and soft angles.
Looking like someone took cues from their dad’s 1980s blazers, DKNY’s jackets boast sharp shoulder pads for a work look that demands attention. On the flipside is Calvin Klein’s 2016 resort collection with easy, breezy whites and most notably the confident “boob dress.” Ralph Lauren presented Cape Cod, Fourth of July-perfect pieces of scarlet, white, and blue with a bit of sunny gold thrown in. His slightly different take on the boyish silhouette is most evident in the draped two-tone dresses.
Overall, fall 2015 and spring 2016 New York Fashion Week looks were punchy, not particularly feminine with their lack of defined waistlines, and perfect for everybody!
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