I wouldn’t bat an eyelid if you told me that the 70s and plenty of romantic notions made up most designers’ notes this New York Fashion Week AW16. It’s hardly groundbreaking, but it’s always pleasant to find clothes on the runway that one can actually wear in real life (by that I mean going out to run errands, work, you know, normal everyday life).
That said, I very much want to wear Tory Burch’s preppy meets equestrian chic pieces: one particular jacket in multicolour geometric patterns, hardy-looking suede knee-high boots, and casual yet glamorous gowns. Elsewhere, Stuart Vevers took hold of Coach 1941’s festival-ready bohemian spirit and brought it to school—literally. The show’s setting was based off an American high school gymnasium’s basketball court, where models sashayed down in the snazziest outerwear options (leather biker and reinvented varsity jackets, fur vests, the like) that I’m already eyeing to fit nicely into my closet, or just #WednesdayWishlists for that matter. That tan shearling coat with matching A-line skirt will be my pick, of course.
But the romantically-inclined collections I was mentioning about came in the form of Rodarte AW16, where Kate and Laura Mulleavy celebrated the brand’s 10th anniversary with an Art Nouveau themed collection with the makings of a gothic fantasy world—leather ruffled detailing and halters tops, tiered lace dresses with matching veils and floral embroideries were exquisitely done. On a related note, Peter Copping did Oscar de la Renta justice, citing 1973’s fashion showdown (Battle of Versailles) as his inspiration as he reconciled both French and American elements in a collection of silk jacquard coats, prim fur collars, and beautiful evening gowns speckled with metallic thread.
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