The first week of NYFW is over, but all the original get-ups are here to stay.
New York is the first location of fashion month and usually not the most audacious in comparison to London, Milan and Paris. However, this season, New York gave us a reason to believe the clever “I Love NY” logo after seeing its adventurous sports-wear collaborations like the Adidas x Alexander Wang collection and Hood By Air’s strangely beautiful two-sided boot mischief – to name a few.
If you weren’t glued to Instagram and Twitter throughout the week, I’ve got you covered.
Here’s what you missed:
Yeezy Season 4:
Every season Kanye creates a controversial buzz and leaves critics wondering what he will grace the fashion world with next. Will he stun us with his nude spanx or oversized t-shirts again? No, not this time. This season Kanye did away with nude and introduced black. He also upped the ante by introducing clear mules and clear thigh high boots. How Kanye.
Thakoon’s bohemian layers, knotty knits, and subtle plaid were surprisingly more breathtaking than his evening venue of the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge. His leather bucket bags and “no-makeup” makeup were a classic touch to an otherwise very original show. Thakoon came out on top this fashion week – yet again.
Rebecca Minkoff literally shut down traffic with her new collection. Literally. The designer blocked off Greene street in Soho to make the urban NY street her catwalk. Which was only fitting for her street style inspired collection. Full of classic leather jackets with “Love is Love” and “I Heart New York” embroidered in the back, Rebecca’s line will soon be a fashion blogger’s new go-to wardrobe.
While usually the most hyped show of the week does not live up to its high expectations, Gigi – like most other times in her career – showed the fashion world who’s boss. Her star-studded collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger makes even the most grunge fashionista a preppy one. Each model strutted down the “Tommy Pier” in red, white and blue with bandanas around their necks and nautical stripes on their blouses.
To whoever said you can’t have it all, Zimmermann showed them, oh yes you can. The dreamy collection displayed ruffles, lace and eyelet details on shirts, dresses and skirts. The collection is everything girl bosses around the world need to rock the spring/summer season. However, don’t be fooled by the emphasis of the ruffles and lace, Zimmermann cleverly offset the girly detail with daring strappy, white leather bustiers and thigh high lace-up boots.
This collection is the lemonade Beyonce was really talking about. Altuzarra took lemons, cherries and pineapples and made high fashion lemonade in the form of beautiful, billowing ultra-feminine dresses, skirts and ruffled bustiers. The fruitful collection did not stop there, he included python coats with cherry embroidered details and accessorized with leather waist belts, strappy sandals and dangling earrings.
In this collection Jeremy Scott paid homage to the 1980s in his own peculiar way. He stunned the fashion world again with his geometric shaped skirts and colorful sequin jumpsuits. From his memorable Barbie inspired collection a few seasons ago to this season’s collection of color block cross-body bags and chunky jewelry, Jeremy is reminding us again that he is not ready to leave pre-school just yet. Well, not unless they have blocks and dolls in the real world too.
Alexander Wang’s collaboration with Adidas makes us wonder if high fashion is dying and becoming an athletic brand. We kind of like it. His surfer inspired make-up and surprising style of shoe, the black flip flop, show us that even in designer one can never be underdressed. His collection included sequin, iridescent skirts and strappy bralettes that make us wish summer never left.
What didn’t Prabal Gurung show in his spring/summer collection? A mix of crisp white ruffles to blue watercolor fur with metallic accents makes you want to buy it, wear it and never take it off. The decadent colors of the tops and the silky, ruffles of the bottoms will definitely be the new staple pieces next season.
Even when you think you’ve had enough, Rodarte reminds you that you haven’t. The daring sister designers displayed a show packed with delicate ruffled lace dresses, two-piece lace and polka dot sets and see-through blouses. Even with all that feminine, they still mixed in a bit of edge with white leather pants and safety pin details; what’s Rodarte without some punk?
Have you ever received a gift that was in a box within a box in another box? That was what Thom Browne’s show felt like; except each new box was even better than the last. The show began with all the models walking onto the runway wearing mismatched heels, retro sunglasses and oversized, floral kafkans with matching shower caps and purses. Yes, that happened. The models then shed off that layer to reveal conceptual 1950s color-blocking mini and midi dresses. The models then unzipped those clothes to showcase matching red, white and blue swimsuits, turning the show into NYFW’s premier pool party. The imaginative collection left you feeling less like you just watched a New York fashion show and more like a surreal daydream.
Shellie Frai is a sophomore studying Journalism and Economics. Her favorite things coincidently all start in F: Food, Fashion and Frais.