By KELLY EMMRICH
New York Fashion Week is one of my favorite weeks of the year because of all the models, celebrities, bloggers’ street style and, of course, the fashion.
In past collections such as Rochas’ Spring/Summer 2014 show, pastels, soft lines and dainty prints consistently appeared on the runways as trends for spring and summer. In contrast, Christian Dior focused on more lightweight fabric such as chiffon in his S/S14 collection.
This season, however, the colors are bolder, the clothing more architectural and the prints starker.
Jeremy Scott, for instance, an American designer who frequently dresses musical icons such as Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Björk, came packed with this expectation in mind.
Therefore, it is no surprise that his latest collection reflects those extravagant tastes. Scott’s current collection combines 1960s mod with the boxy silhouette of the dresses, the stylized bouffant wigs and the pop art plastic from the 1980s. Scott lives by the phrase, “plastic is fantastic,” and this reflects the mood of his S/S16 show held on Monday which included textures from panels of Perspex to plastic cubes.
More commercial designers, such as J. Crew, pulled from classic winter designs with plaid patterns, heavier materials and structured coats. The color scheme for the men’s collection was earthy and included navy, brown, gray and black.
However, for the women’s collection, the colors were brighter with splashes of yellow, pink and blue scattered throughout. There were also sequin accents on a skirt, clutch, sweater and jacket.
Highly anticipated Designer Diane Von Furstenberg’s S/S16 collection boasted some of the biggest names on the catwalk such as Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, Irina Shayk and Jourdan Dunn. The collection itself was tropical with each model wearing an exotic flower in her hair and clothes made from bolts of vibrant, bold prints.
Although this collection was significantly different from Furstenberg’s usual cityglamour vibe, nevertheless, it was stunning, especially the makeup, which included a bold blue eye shadow, a dewy complexion and a nude lip.
In contrast to Scott and Furstenberg’s collections, Rachel Zoe’s S/S16 collection captured the spirit of the late 70s with her Moroccan inspired prints and earth- toned colors. For instance, her finale look was a simple brown and gold dress with a grey kaftan overlay, which was finished off with a pair of brown strapped sandals, a favorite of Zoe.
When I went to fashion week in fall 2013 for the S/S14 collections, many New Yorkers were wearing their classic black and white work clothes in the Garment District, as well as Wall Street. However, as I got closer to Lincoln Center in the Fashion District, the clothes became more outlandish and creative as photographers littered the streets to document the current street style. This year was no different, I am sure.
For example, one of my favorite fashion bloggers of the season is Charlotte Groenveld of “The Fashion Guitar.” On Day 1, she wore a crisp white romper, a pair of white sneakers and a vibrant yellow clutch. When Day 2 rolled around, she donned a trendier, fall ensemble with an Aztec print poncho, circle lenses and a tan cross-body.
Overall, this year’s New York Fashion Week has been a success, and I will be looking forward to wearing the clothes and pulling inspiration from these collections as soon as they hit the market in the spring.