New York Fashion Week 2016 Highlights

So I’ve had my little writing hiatus for the summer but obviously I could not stay away from the keyboard for NYFW. After meticulously checking social media for every last scrap of fabric I could find, I can confidently say that his week’s style harvest has been most bountiful!

Chromat

The architectural contour experts certainly didn’t come up short with a hearty dose of structure and angles juxtaposed against the soft curves of a broad spectrum of body types. I must admit, I may have been won over by their choice of models as Ru Paul’s Drag Race’s Carmen Carrera, amputee model Lauren Wasser and plus-size pioneer Iskra Lawrence were among the roster of diverse faces on the catwalk. Also would like to congratulate Iskra on her first runway debut! Here are some of my favourite looks from Chromat’s show:

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs brought us wacky and wonderful like never before with faux dreadlocks and chunky platforms galore. It was as if Alice In Wonderland went to a 00’s gothic industrial club, in a beautifully bizarre way of course. With Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner walking this show, it was bound to be a hit with the press and as a result people are trying out the faux dreads look themselves – which has sparked controversy over cultural appropriation. What do you guys think?

 

Michael Kors

Two words:Cinched tailoring. In an unusually non-glitzy display of structure from Michael Kors – it was all about the pleats, the patterns and the palazzo pants. Although things weren’t as girly and glamorous as in previous collections, all the staple Kors characteristics were there with clean cuts and the odd sequin here and there. Rufus Wainwright played Judy Garland songs live during the show which added to a very  uniquely feminine atmosphere.

 

Ralph Lauren

Lauren brought us wild wild west this season with lots of earthy tones, fringe and macrame. I’m not usually a Ralph Lauren fan but as their a bit too squeaky clean usually but they’ve really shaken it up for NYFW and I for one am loving it. I will say that the Native American influence borders on distasteful in some ensembles and I expect there will be some backlash because of this…

 

Alexander Wang

This show was HUGE at NYFW, everybody is talking about it and with good reason. Not only were the looks absolutely on point with the perfect classic AW hybrid of sporty, deconstructed and chic, but the drama and atmosphere reported just sounds phenomenal. The announcement of a collaboration with Adidas Originals has caused all fashion conscious spectators to break out into cold sweats of anticipation.

 

The Blonds

This edgy brand do not get anywhere near the amount of praise they should get. Their quirky style won my heart at NYFW in 2014 and I’ve loved them ever since. There’s a lot of Jean Paul Gaultier in this collection along with a big dose of Grecian style draping to bring that feminine twist to the intensely slouchy and structured pieces. All I can think of is mermaid robot goddesses.

 

Reem Acra

Bringing that coquettish lolita look, Reem Acra is one to watch with this 80s inspired collection. Loving the frocks and the styling just ties it all off perfectly, with a big pretty bow of course.

 

DKNY

Hoods, draping, plunging necklines and muted pastels and monochrome are the name of the game of DKNY for SS 17. DKNY just ticked all the boxes for me with this sports luxe collection headed up by the lovely Bella Hadid. I was particularly taken with the makeup and hair which I think will mark the beginning of sultry dark lips becoming a big trend for summer.

 

Self Portrait

Commercial doesn’t always mean bad – Han Chong’s Self Portrait proved that by working the hell out of that off the shoulder trend. This collection still clings to the 70s tailoring trend while still maintaining a relaxed feminine appeal. One to watch!

So there you have my top picks from NYFW, who did you guys like best?

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