Saturday, September 12, 2015

New York Fashion Week (Recap Part 1)

The Spring/Summer 2016 collections are well on their way down the runway at New York Fashion Week which started on Thursday, September 10th. I am going to do two separate posts on the Kate Spade presentation and Betsey Johnson's 50th anniversary, but as of now here is a little recap of the six collections I have enjoyed the most including: Jason Wu, Lacoste, Herve Leger, Givenchy, BCBG, and Rebecca Minkoff. 
Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2016
Models with blank faces, slicked back buns and extreme red lips walked the runway of Jason Wu's show Friday (9/11) at New York Fashion Week. The collection was filled with flounce, feminine flair, and a nod to mid-century style. The colors ranged from black, grey, and a combinations of rusty red and desert orange with deep green. The show lasted roughly ten minutes. The collection also featured shoulder capes, and over-sized dresses with lots of fringe details. Wu was particularly drawn to the era of Keith's Heyday, mentioning furniture and the work of VOGUE photographer John Rawlings as other key influences on his collection. Wu stated, "I was looking at a lot of mid-century furniture, which informed a lot of the texture. Raffia chairs, the raffia-weaved organza. The colors."

Lacoste Spring/Summer 2016
Rene Lacoste was an Olympia tennis medalist in 1924 and used to say "without style, playing and winning are not enough." Well ninety-one years later the brand still holds true to its origin. Felipe Oliveira Baptista showed the collection on Saturday morning (9/12) at New York Fashion Week and seemed completely dedicated to next year's Summer Olympics. The collection featured silver jumpsuits, flag fragments, blaring logos, and capes attached to sun visors with just the right amount of spirit.

Herve Leger Spring/Summer 2016
Herve Leger is known for it's iconic bodycon dress that has become a staple in many women's wardrobe across the world. Designer Max Azria showed the collection Saturday afternoon (9/12) at New York Fashion Week celebrating the brands 30th anniversary. In this collection the bodycon dress was given a new twist in the form of bold prints, patterns, and ruffles. It features palettes of pastels, whites, and blacks that focused many dresses with a lot of texture and embellishments. The models wore their hair pinned back with pretty braids that added another element of texture to the looks.

Givenchy Spring/Summer 2016
Ricardo Tisci's first ever show in New York was quite an exciting one. As Kim and Kanye were sitting front row looking sunning as ever, Nicki Minaj also attended. Kendall Jenner walked in a pink fringe swing dress and Candice Swanepoel tripped over her shoes. Tisci showed an enormous collection with 84 looks on 84 models in an environment created from recycled materials and debris to symbolize the terrorist attacks on September 11th. The collection ranged from louche loungewear to a flowing take on men's inspired suits and tuxedos layered with lace, and outrageously textured evening wear.

BCBG Spring/Summer 2016
Husband-wife design team Lubov and Max Azria brought the west coast sun to a dreary day in New York on Thursday (9/10) as they kicked off fashion week with a beachy, casual collection. The bohemian line included flowing florals layered with tie-dye tees and tribal print vests topped with hipster bucket hats. The collection also featured fitting palazzo pants, long skirts, and moccasin-inspired wedges with fringe. There were also cozy pullovers, embroidered ponchos, and slouchy leg warmers just in case the beach gets chilly. 

Rebecca Minkoff Spring/Summer 2016
Designer Rebecca Minkoff showed her collection Saturday afternoon (9/12) at New York Fashion Week with a rebellious collection that merges the sixties with tech-focused accessories. She drew inspiration from Marianne Faithful's brash and youthful spirit by sending down an army of trench coats, sugar shorts, and bohemian pants with lots of studding, fringe, and leather jumpsuits. The technology comes into play with the charging phone wristlets and a "universal" crossbody bag which signaled the present day youth movement. When it came to footwear, gladiator-style pumps with lucite heels walked down the runway. The cutouts came in either diamond or circular shapes. This was a much different collection coming from a designer who often cites bohemian style icons as it focused more on office chic clothing. 

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