New York Fashion Week AW16: Highlights of Day 7

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By Wei Yeen Loh

New York Fashion Week AW16: Highlights of Day 7

It’s almost impossible to try to sum up day 7 of New York Fashion Week AW16 and find a collective theme to ruminate all the collections succinctly. From Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne’s mishmash of 90s streetwear in majorly oversized proportions that could both cater to men and women at DKNY to Josep Font’s romantically-dystopian (is there such a thing?) collection of sculptural looks at Delpozo, there was plenty to love and ponder over. The slashed clothing and quirky ‘DKNY’ logos might not float many people’s boats, especially those who are already so over the sullen streetwear/goth look, but we have to admit that Chow and Osborne pushed the envelope with deconstructed tailoring and utilitarian pieces.

On the other hand, Josep Font’s intensely beautiful collection had all the markings of his signature: exquisite craftsmanship, utterly romantic details, and a dash of whimsy (this time influenced by German sci-fi film Metropolis). We can’t tell you what we love more, whether the leather floral appliqué opera gloves, exaggerated sleeves, cape coats in luxe jacquard and silk, or even his sui generis manner of addling beautiful hues in one collection in a way that works.

To help us pick our jaws up from the floor and our behinds back to the seats, Jason Wu presented a rather controlled and well-executed collection of wearable separates to channel a #powerwoman sentiment. A wavy seam was a constant technique that echoed throughout, and it’s quite impossible to resist that fall colour palette emboldened in A-line skirts and tailored coats.

At Michael Kors, the moodboard’s theme was unabashedly American but treated glamorously. The designer also jumped on the see-now, buy-now bandwagon, so his FROW attendees (Blake Lively, Naomie Harris, Riley Keough etc) could get their hands on chic camel coats, feather embroidered skirts and floral mink vests. 

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