NYFW Recap: Oddballs, Eccentricities And Floral Galore
That amazing time of the year has come to an end again. New York Fashion Week (NYFW) ran for a solid week (September 4-11), with solid looks from hundreds of designers.
Donna Karan once again added real people to her runway as well as adapted the culture of New Yorkers into her fashion lines. And we can’t forget how important floral prints are! Carolina Herrera made certain to that floral was big, extremely big on her designs.
Becca McCharen’s Chromat label provided some of the most interesting use of geometric shapes thanks to the founder’s degree in architecture. For the spring/summer 2015 collection, McCharen’s overall theme was “Formula 15”, still incorporating structural designs into her looks.
Although Monique Lhuillier has captured my heart, I was extremely disappointed with her output for the ready-to-wear collection. The lack of vibrant colors and overuse of pastels made me weep. I know spring is meant to give life, but it’s lacking this time.
Libertine’s women and menswear ready-to-wear collection is perfect for that oddball friend of yours. The label’s creator Johnson Hartig designed the S/S 15 collection as a tribute to his dog (named Pocket who died last March) with vibrant colors keeping the looks optimistic and fun. Among cotton balls and mismatched fabric are unusual prints. The leather biker jacket is a weird and fun mix of colors, studs and spikes.
I have a love/hate relationship with DKNY. I love the use of adding culture from New York but it feels as if it’s overwhelming this season. Unlike some other designs seen, Donna Karan added various shades of red and gold to her collection but overall it is not impressive. It’s lacking that sensible and stylish mark that makes it DKNY.
New York native Richard Chai impressed me when the first three models came out, adding a bit of lime green to their laid back style. What I love about Chai’s collection is how relaxed the clothes are. None are extravagant and over-the-top but give off that vibe of stylish comfort. Chai remarked that he is fortunate enough to have been in the fashion industry for ten years, and his latest collection proves why he’s a keeper.
Carolina Herrera brought the floral. Where would spring be without floral prints that would justify Meryl Streep’s iconic line from The Devil Wears Prada? I don’t know how to process the swirling gowns with a giant flower on them. I don’t want flowers adorning every garment. It shouldn’t, but Herrera made sure they were a staple to her spring and summer looks. Although the saving grace to her runway were the geometric looks that broke apart roses.
I look forward to seasonal changes. It gives the excuse to buy a new wardrobe to complement the weather. Perhaps you’ll go as a raver from Libertine’s eccentric line or you’ll be reasonably cool with Richard Chai’s dark and bold colors, but the important thing to remember is don’t overdo it with floral prints.