New York Fashion Week AW16: Highlights of Day 5

Set sail


By Wei Yeen Loh

New York Fashion Week AW16: Highlights of Day 5

There were interesting themes on the runway of New York Fashion Week AW16 Day 5: cowboy and pop art at Jeremy Scott, lady bosses in Tokyo at 3.1 Phillip Lim, and full-on nautical-themed everything at Tommy Hilfiger. 

Kitsch is always on the moodboard of Jeremy Scott. There were oversized rhinestone buckle belts, plastic cowboy boots worn over fishnets, musical motifs such as guitars and music notes, and one sparkly pink tinsel-like coat—all in all a spectacle that veered towards sensory overload. Although the said inspiration for 3.1 Phillip Lim AW16 was Japanese-leaning, the collection also had predominantly sporty/military elements in hues of olive, rust, and black. Apart from kimono-like sihouettes spotted on dresses, quilted puffer jackets with velvet patchwork details along with a myriad of plaids made a few of the eye-catching pieces on the runway.

Meanwhile, notable names in the industry Lucky Blue Smith, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Caroline Vreeland and Olivia Palermo set sail aboard the T.H. Atlantic (which resembled a sizable passenger liner from the 1930s) where Tommy Hilfiger presented a wave of nautical-themed clothes and accessories. He left nothing out, from sailor-knot chokers to sailor-collared frocks in various materials, whether silk or sequined alike—all modeled by a bevy of (you guessed it) IT girls including Gigi Hadid, Binx Walton, Hailey Baldwin and more. 


It’s hard to be unpredictable when you’re known for flowy romantic pieces that are always ethereal and feminine. But Carolina Herrera kept up with that aesthetic while embracing technology and reinventing structure and movement of a garment. Despite a seemingly beautiful sight of frothy florals and  fabrics, there were 3D elements with cutout flowers that made the collection more springtime-worthy than anything else.


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