Alexander Wang is the reigning king of cool for the millennial era. This year marked his 10 year anniversary show, and of course he celebrated with a bang. His runway consisted of (but enhanced to fit the brand swag) Jeans, Army jackets, track pants, sweatshirts and T-shirts. White cropped ribbed tank with chain link straps worn with hip-slung trousers, oversize khaki trench over a silk and lace slip dress, deconstructed denim, fringed black leather biker bustier, pajama silks and one shrunken satin bomber jacket. 10 years later he still has that effortless cool effect to his work.
Siriano is always bold and fun with his evening wear and lately he has been evolving his talents with what he can do for day wear. For his spring collection he went all out with texture, fringe and embroideries. He was Inspired by Morocco’s landscape and its architecture, had a relaxed neutral palette of optic white, blush, and sandy-toned colors. There were his signature structured shifts, feminine handkerchief-hem dresses, floaty tunics, fringed crop tops, fluid palazzo pants, wide-leg pants, pencil skirts and hammered silk cape top for hie ever growing day wear. as for his evening wear, he used shades of gold and silver for his voluminous dramatic goddess gowns that pleated, hooded numbers in bright hues and a fitted black gown with a cutout detail.
For Rebecca Minkoff it was a balance of the sweet girl next door and the rebellious girl on the other side of the of the street. This collection was inspired by Marianne Faithfull, the collection started with virginal ivory, cream, and bone, black, flowing peasant dresses with open dropped shoulders, sweet suede shift, maxi tank dresses with a nice flyaway sleeve detail, mini dresses with a laced-up bodice. for the most part the hemlines were short with the shoes, knee-high gladiator complete the over all lineup of that retro sixties and seventies “It” girls feel.
Herve Leger, when your hear that name you instantly start thinking about that famous bandage dress that’s practically in every A-list closet. But for this season collection there was not a bandage dress in sight although there were a few dresses that resembled it. There were jacquard fit-and-flare frocks, crisscross netting dipping down into the décolletage, and some infuse new techniques like floral appliqués on tank dresses, woven cords on a sleeveless dress that were slightly curved for a slenderizing trompe l’oeil effect and trousers that had striped or patterned, flaring out at the knee. Handwoven macramé knotting, textured jacquards, appliqués and studded woven pleather gave a more richer dimensions for this collection and I must say it dose show a new direction but still has that bandage sexapeal to it.
For her spring 2016 collection Nicole went to the streets to get her inspiration. The theme came from the grit of the city by being inspired by the colorful graffiti art work, but the collection still had a pretty feel to it. It was a mixer of graffiti-and-brick print, and vibrant scribbles and paint drips as textile designs.There were embroidery and flower paillette appliqués for a lot of the dresses plus a few that were printed sequin. And some of the pieces gave off a casual sporty vibe like a camouflage leather bomber jacket, stretch cargo pants and a T-shirt with sequins. This was a collection that gets the tough yet soft stylish type of girls attention.
Riccardo Tisci celebrated his 10 year residency at Givenchy by showing the ready-to-wear collection in the big apple. It was a very beautiful night on pier 26 for the man of the most anticipated show of the week, not to mention opening the show to members of the public. The collection theme was lingerie and tuxedo dressing, Ivory slip dresses and rouleau-strapped camisoles with lace edges, white laces and silks wrapped, tied and floated over fluid black trousers, and tailored black pants cut to taper gently over pointed shoes. Crepe tuxedo jackets with tails, soft kimono coats, and transparent organdy trenches glimmering with jet embroidery and body-skimming sparkly silver shifts rounded out the line-up and incorporated sensual couture gowns with intense constructions.
It isn’t every day a girl celebrates 50 years in business but that’s just what the inimitable Betsey Johnson did. The show consisted of a lifetime retrospective of her designs and like always an over-the-top extravaganza. Dance was the theme witch is befitting seeing how that is at the root of Betsey’s creative passion, as well as her five decades of experience in the industry that was the force behind this awesome show were she put half a century onto the runway. She started with the most resent inspired of today’s pop star girly looks like a bubblegum corseted tutu dress on top of a neon blue net shirt. The ’90s, Johnson gave edgy grunge a playful riff with rose-patterned dresses fastened with blue corsets paired with cherry print tights. The rock attitude of the ’80s had a Pat Benatar feel that included jumpsuits with pinstripes, and a cool plastic jacket outfitted with zippers on the sleeves. The ’60s had a strong Twiggy influence in a mod-style Mandarin-collar striped pantsuit, as well as a polka-dotted mini dress with an oversize collar and sleeves. And has for the ’50s, there where the pieces based on her original dance costumes as a child which had nude leotards adorned with mini frills at the waist and striped with sequins, as well as a bedazzled red crop top and a pleated miniskirt. From tutu dresses and corsets to floral frocks and striped jumpsuits this may be the best runway show of this season!
Yigal is romantically feminine for his spring RTW collection. Diaphanous, fluid silhouettes and floral motifs mixed in with his neutral palette of black, white and pale blue for the line-up. There was a series of abstract floral-printed chiffon gowns some with Chantilly lace panels. Sheer embroidered appliqués and high necklines gave a Victorian feel to the collection. Modernist and architectural vibes where in some pieces like one silk twill dress coat with cape sleeves resembling a motorcycle jacket and asymmetric zips and cut-out shoulders.
“Glamour” was the one-word description for this seasons lineup. It’s a very elegant and flirtation modern sportswear collection for Mr. Wu beginning with the teal, textural trench with a clean cape effect, details like folds of fabric to create softly structured ruffles around the necklines and shoulders of cocktail and day dresses. Palette was rich, in use of teal and rust with fabrics and cuts that were clean and light. Neatly cropped ribbed sweaters, flirty ruffled skirts and lingerie-esque slipdresses plus spiffy zip-up leather jacket and matching skirt to finish of the collection.