“Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future..this is known as Fashion Week” - Carrie Bradshaw
Even though I am not a New Yorker, I am sure this is exactly what women feel about NYFW. With my Instagram and Twitter account bombarded with images from different shows, I am updated with the latest collections, sometimes even without making a hint of an effort. While I can’t give a collection to collection lowdown, l will point to good designers with great collections. Starting with:
BCBG presented a collection with muted colours from whites in cotton and chambray that moved to feminine florals. The collection was made even more gorgeous with sheer panels splicing into the fabrics every now and then, adding a softness to the garments. The silhouettes were more relaxed than buttoned up, with a flowing dresses and chiffon gowns, apart from the pant-suits and the tuxedos.
With metallic hints and abundant ruffles, the collection was feminine with a lot of free flowing, deconstructed garments. Accompanying the metallics were sorbet shades, black and white stripes and beautiful florals that are perfect for any girl that’s all sugar.
- Peter Som
Peter Som affirmed to us that crop tops are here to stay, with an array of models baring their midriff. The collection was surf inspired with a hint of menswear. The jackets were of prominence in the show ranging from tweed to the biker cut. The collection had a hint of vintage, even though the clothes were graphic and had clean lines. There was a lot of all-white as well, indicating that white is in this season.
- Kate Spade
Kate Spade always has something fun and innovative to offer, and this season she went to the park. The collection was reminiscent of a garden part with lemony hues and tennis dresses. There was print on print, pops of colour, florals, stripes and monochrome too. The silhouettes were very 1960s with flared dresses, pencil skirts and hats. The shoes and the bags were very interesting with pointed toe pumps worn over socks, and clutches that were essentially book covers. The collection effectively transported you into a garden with a Parisian hint from the streets of New York city.
- Jason Wu
The colour palette that consisted of muted white, nudes, subtle greens and navy that was the highlight of the show. With a generous amount of sequins and metallic, the garments ranged from oversized sweaters to embellished skirts. There was hint of sheer with lace dresses, and sheer shirts. From pant-suits to rompers, this collection had a wide range of garments perfect from a morning brunch or an after-party.
- Rebecca Minkoff
The collection at first glance, came across as playful. It was full of tropical printed separates from ankle pants to floral flowy skirts There was a lot of white and black in the collection punctuated with hints of green and bursts of bright yellow.
- Helmut Lang
The collection can be described as crisp, sharp and clean. Helmut Lang known for his minimalism, experimented with black and white and textures. The designer played with textures and proportion to create slouchy bottoms and tailored tops. There were hints of pink and animal prints that kept the collection from looking monotonous.
- Trend Spotting
Ankle shoes: The ankle fetish continued. Everyone seemed obsessed with it, because ankle strapped shoes were ruling the ramp. From ankle straps, to ankle length booties, this trend’s been noted amongst shows like BCBG Max Azaria, Zimmerman and Jason Wu.Bows: Kate Spade made bows very famous last season, and had shown us some hints this season as well. Zimmerman too had used bows subtly in her collection, but the connection cannot be missed.
Crop Tops: Spotted on the ramp in the Peter Som and Zimmerman collections, crop tops are here to stay. Safe to say this is one trend we Indians are loving as well. Many a young designer and blogger, were spotted in these at Lakme Fashion Week 2013 and the recently conducted VFNO, in Mumbai.
Loose Silhouettes: Fitted clothes are all well, but designers seem to be flirting with anti-fit, loose silhouettes. From pants and skirts, to dresses, silhouettes that don’t hug your body are the trend. So if you haven’t already invested in a pair of , do so right away!
Sheer: I can’t stress enough on how much I love sheer. Sheer panels were spotted in shows from BCBG, Jason Wu and Peter Som. Sheer is here to stay.
We will be bringing you more action from the ramp, so stay tuned and tell us how you’d rate the style quotient this year.