Now fashion month has drawn to a close we can sit back and relax, soaking up the fabulous creations we can expect next season. This fab illustration really made me smile, because y’all know I love me some statistics, enjoy!
When your head is in the fashion world things can get confusing, in fact I think especially in the real world things are even more confusing. I was shopping yesterday for some new outfits, it is freezing cold here in the UK so a coat, scarf some knitwear was what I wanted. But alas the stores have all the new spring/summer collections in, which is great on one hand it is so nice to buy something new and cheerful to have for when the sunshine comes. Yet on the other hand it makes shopping for now impossible! Then New York fashion week kicks off with next autumn/winter collections but I don’t want to wait until September I want to wear it now. With Burberry kicking off the buy straight from the runway option and word has it other designers are following suit, it is great to not have to wait. However if we can have next seasons clothes now, will we still want to wear them in 6 months time? Who knows but I do think the traditional way catwalk to shop works will have to change to keep up.
Any way enough of my musings here are the highlights of NYFW. Key themes are bold colours especially yellow, which is good news as it is a hot colour for S/S too, meaning you can make your bold colour items work for both seasons. Another transeasonal trend is white, I know, I know ‘no white after Labour day’ but really it is time to throw that rule out the door. Teamed with black leather winter white is very appealing. The waist was emphasised by many designers but no one cuts a lean figure like Victoria Beckham. The midi skirt is also surprisingly flattering just make sure it hits at the slim part of your leg. Pairing sweaters with lady-like skirts is a really easy trend to adopt, I’m pretty sure most of you have a sweater and a skirt! Another thing of note this season is the lack of winter ware. Really, looking through the collections they could easily be mistaken for spring/summer. Fear not there were beautiful sheepskin and leather pieces but layering was done with a sleeker silhouette in mind.
Diane Von Furstenburg
The models at Thakoon looked like frosted baroque angels with their painted hair. Beautiful thought the effect was it is not something I would recommend trying at home, unless that is ‘hair mascara’* is coming back into fashion?
*Exactly what is sounds like, mascara in bright colours which were popular in the 90’s for adding streaks to your hair. Messy? Yes, looked good? No.
ADAM, Carolina Herrera, DKNY
Diane Von Furstenburg, Diane Von Furstenburg, Thakoon
The undisputed trend of NYFW were the sport influenced looks, however the other main trends were clear cut. Huge, bright, vibrant colourful prints made a huge statement in all patterns and sizes.
ADAM, ADAM, ADAM
Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Derek Lam
Tailoring was key but in soft, loose fabrics to give a more relaxed edge. Paired with sports jackets, track pants and Airtex materials to combine two hot trends for summer.
Araks, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Alexandre Herchcovitch
Zero + Maria Cornejo, Araks, Alice & Olivia
Colour blocking and popping is holding strong but in a more paired down essence. Whites and neutrals were added to tone down the colours, with looser fit trousers and ruffle dresses to move away from last seasons sharp bodycon.
Of course this being New York there were stunning Oscar worthy gowns a plenty at Oscar de la Renta and elegant prom dresses at Rodarte. Olivier Theyskens Theory and RAD by Rad Hourani fulfilled the fantasies of the inner goth it all of us, whilst there was plenty of crisp white at Vera Wang.
Rebecca Minkoff has always been on the ball with social media, with her daily tweets and blogger breakfast meets ups. Yet it was a total surprise to see blogger Leandra ‘Man Repeller ‘ Medine sauntering down the runway during the showing of her S/S 12 collection in New York. In typical Man Repeller gear including leather braces (suspenders for the USA’ers) over a khaki blouse, leather shorts and chunky gladiator sandals.
I could go all analytical here about the future of bloggers, are they taking over the world etc, but why ruin the moment with seriousness, go Leandra go!
New York Fashion Week is well under way although there is one thing which has made me think the are all becoming Anglophiles across the pond. Surely all the sporty influenced looks are a nod to the London 2012 Olympics?
Victoria Beckham relaxed her high octane sexy dresses introducing softer pieces. Light silk jackets contrasted with nylon straps all grounded with leather spats. Derek Lam and DVF brought sports jackets into play, whilst Wang and Lam were drawn to Airtex type materials playing with the sheer qualities to add femininity. ADAM and DKNY used shots of colour with loose, flowing fabrics. Sportswear the influence may be but this is certainly not gym wear. Comfortable, yet smart for day wear with sandals or with killer heels this is a look that has to be worn with intent.
Diane Von Furstenburg, DKNY, Derek Lam
Derk Lam, ADAM, ADAM
all Alexander Wang
Are you feeling sporty?