As day seven rolled in, so did what was an enticing and spectacular week of fashion, but the best part is that it’s still not over yet. Michael Kors today proved why he so deservingly is a judge of American fashion. Although his collection lacked innovation, he did what he does best, fantastic clothes for real people. Men saw an array of well tailored pants and plush coats while women were delighted with a display of sensual lines and cozy outerwear. With a mostly neutral but occasionally colorful palette, this collection proved to be an example of looking sharp and elegant.
If prints and color are what you fancy, then head on over to Anna Sui. Her collection was truly as sweet as her scent. Fun colorful prints, textile blends, and sequin embellished pieces all blended with Anna Sui’s esthetic, proved to be the perfect concoction for an innovative, young, and flirty collection. Truly the solution to any trendy sweet tooth.
At Alexander Herchcovitch what we saw were experimental cuts, volumized coats, and textured dresses, all complete with lace finishings. It was definitely new, and certainly unexpected. Although some pieces were quite what sewage on skin would look like, others were pretty new and staples to any wardrobe. If what you want is lace done right, then look no further that Elie Tahari. With sheer tops and laced appliqués, the flowing skirts and revealing cuts were the perfect recipe for a collection which turned out to be all but boring. On the contraire, it was fit for any femme fatale, sexy, powerful, and impeccably done, it was suit for any woman in command of her destiny.
Two labels which delivered a wide range of wearable clothes that real people want to sport were VACCA and Milly by Michelle Smith. At VACCA menswear was the inspiration of choice, which was clear through the plaid tailored pants and the relaxed fitting outerwear. Although unexpected, the floral dresses and leather work were an exciting treat, but if this show was enticing, then Milly was sure to fulfill. With ruffled and knit dresses, crochet sweaters, and occasional leopard prints all in an assortment of eccentric colors, this collection proved to be young, cute, and cheeky, perfect for any tasteful wardrobe. It truly provides the vestment to any teenage dream.
Milly by Michelle Smith
At Odd Molly it was much the same feel, flirty and young, but with a more bohemian and demure esthetic. With knit pieces, velvet pants, and floral appliquéd dresses, it was a collection no modern girl should miss out on. Keeping on with the innocence and frills was Nanette Lepore. It was the epitome of soft sophistication. Relaxed fitting pants, light colored cardigans, and ribbon tied knit dresses, it was a collection which read romantic, chic and flirty from beginning to end. If Juliet could reselect her wardrobe, this is what it would be.
However not everything in life is gentle and delicate, and adding yang to this otherwise soft day of fashion are fur virtuosos, Helen Yarmak and Christian Cota. At Yarmak what we witnessed was perhaps the most appalling display of fur since the hair was on the Yeti’s back. Since when does a camouflage dyed fur sound like a good idea? It was a great disappointment from what has been a founding label as furs are concerned, luckily the sequin embellished pieces were enough to salvage what would’ve been the worst showcase this season at New York Fashion Week. If fur is truly what you fancy, why not wear them in an innovative way as was shown at the Christian Cota show. Adding non-traditional leopard prints, sheer tops, and a blend of loose and body hugging pieces, proved that they too can be edgy and young.
A trend that has been more frequent at the past few fashion weeks is the catering to women of all ages and all sizes. At Adrienne Vittadini this was clearly the case, and it would have been refreshing and interesting if I had not seen it last week hanging off the racks at my local Target and Wal-Mart. Loose fitting pieces, tailored blazers, there was no concept and even less creativity. A child has more ingenuity when drawing his mom in art class. If it’s tasteful clothes for any moment at any time you want, then look to Proenza Schouler which have been the masters of this craft year after year. With leather pieces in Kill Bill tones, this collection proved to be upscale and wearable all in on.
As has been seen the past six days, menswear is having a bit of a comeback, whether it be in inspiration, tones, or even textiles, the return is evident. The first to prove it was Yigal Azrouel with masculine-like outerwear, simple lines, and well tailored pants. Even though the colorful was minimal, it was impactful and proved to be a smart collection for any trend setting gal. Also borrowing from the male gender was jet set brand, Ports 1961. Although the appropriation was from the tones rather than the style, it proved to be a good palette for what was a very sophisticated and wearable review. With leaf-like textured skirts and occasional metallic tops, the collection was age appropriate for most.
Yigal Azrouel (Left) Ports 1961 (Right)
As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week reaches its last day, New York has its last chance to make an impact this season before good old London town gives us a run for our money. So with each day surpassing the one before, what last minute tricks will the Big Apple have under its leaf?