New York Fashion Week…straight from the views of my bed.
Every fashion girl/guy dreams of the chance to watch the next season’s top colors, textures, patterns, and silhouettes glide in front of them within the tips of their fingers. Thank god for technology because us commoners now have similar access. It’s not nearly the same effect as being at actual New York Fashion Week, but we gotta work with what we’re given.
There is so much talent and skill showcased at this biannual affair that it was truly hard to choose my standouts. I listed below the shows that genuinely elicited excitement and inspiration in me. This doesn’t say anything about any of the other shows- who am I to judge- these are just ones that stood out to me. Be warned: there is a surprising amount of color, floral, and sequins ahead!
The faux field of fresh flowers and the live string orchestra set a purely lovely ambience that created the perfect backdrop for Burch’s FW18 collection. It was a breath of air that left me feeling refreshed. The silhouettes felt romantic, the florals were rich, and there was a balance of complimentary masculine and feminine elements. It’s a very romantic take on fall that I’m excited to see play out.
Next we’re hopping in our time machines and diving straight back into the ’80s. I’m surprisingly living for the in-your-face colors and animal prints that Ford brought to the table. It’s not something I would usually be drawn to, but this is playful and the right kind of crazy. I love the big hoops, skinny jeans, and patterned tights that, while usually complimentary pieces, are making their own bold statements and refuse to be ignored.
Can we have enough color? Milly is in your face but in a sleek, effortless way. I love the use of sequins- a typical night-time detail being brought back to life in a more wearable way. I had never known anything about the brand until she recently designed the gown Michelle Obama wore in her official portrait, and this show! I’m a huge fan going forward and am excited to see where the brand’s journey continues.
Oscar De La Renta
This brand will forever be one of my favorites. It’s elegant, sophisticated, and the ultimate symbol of femininity. I practically drool at every collection. If I could walk around everyday in De La Renta I would. I love the crimson-mustard-emerald floral scheme that are reminiscent of the changing foliage characteristic of the fall. The mix of velvety and boxy coats and loose knits, as well as intricately sequined evening gowns and suit pieces are enchanting and inviting. I very much so wish I could afford to wrap myself in De La Renta next season!
We need more Christian Sirianos in the world. He celebrated diversity in color, silhouettes, body shapes, skin tones, and genders- something the fashion industry has trouble addressing. His collection oozed glamour that made the point that there is no reason that everyone can’t dress this way. I truly felt like this collection was speaking to me, and it’s a message that everyone in the fashion industry- and modern society- needs to hear.
Picture this: the “clack clack clack” of high heels ricocheting through the rows of cubicles, off the grey floors, and kind of piercing your soul. The collection at first seems simple, but the sleek silhouettes and details say otherwise. It’s not office appropriate like the setting would say, and certainly not my style, but I love the edginess and intensity this collection brings in contrast to every other show.
Alice + Olivia
If you’re looking for the definition of “cool” and “effortless”, you can cite this collection as a reference. Unlike Ford and Wang, this collection is more up my alley style-wise. It’s more day-to-day regular person appropriate than any other collection I’ve mentioned. I’m very into the straight-leg and flare jeans, which is surprising because I’m a loyal follower to skinny jeans. The collection is pretty much everything I want hanging in my closet right now.
Last, but not least, the now-retired legendary Carolina Herrera. She is very much so similar to De La Renta in the sense they emulate glamorous femininity. It’s clothing from another era that somehow still stands the tests of our ever-changing, fast-fashion-rampant times. I’m always here for a dramatic ballgown or Dalmatian coat moment. Her touch will be missed, but I look forward to see the next phase for this brand.
Let me know in the comments what you loved! If you want to see more pieces from each of the collections below, or any other collection, I suggest going to Vogue.com and looking at their coverage.
FYI, I’m skipping the London Recap just because of timing. See you in Milano!