Saturday, 19 September 2015

Style: New York Fashion Week SS16

A's pick of the NYFW spring summer '16 shows.

New York has ushered in fashion month SS16 in style, with a week packed full of lovely shows, and more than a little 90's nostalgia. With tie-dye, patchwork denim, overalls and ruffles seen left, right and centre, our 90's self is totally understatedly giddy with nonchalant excitement for spring to roll around right now.

Amongst all the lovely shows, that were overflowing with lovely looks, these elite few really stood out.

Thakoon can always be relied upon to put on a beautiful show of well-considered, well-styled pieces. This season was no exception. The subtle nod to the 90's in the tie-dye grid pattern pj's, flowing duster coats, and un-done hair made for a much more sophisticated version of the trend. 

Key piece: do what you've always dreamed of and fall out the house in your pyjamas.

Tommy Hilfiger was a veritable rainbow among a pretty monochromatic fashion week, with a celebration of Caribbean culture in clashing florals, bright, earthy colours, all melded with the classic Hilfiger sports aesthetic. What fun.

Key piece: anything goes, as long as it's bright.

Proenza Schouler pushed themselves into a whole new look this spring summer. Sticking to a strict colour palette of black, white and red, they played with polka dots, ruffles, mesh, bows, and drop-waists like no-one ever before. A stunning, globally-inspired collection of ultimately beautiful pieces was the result.

Key piece: don a belted and bowed overcoat and you'll be the envy of all your friends.

Narciso Rodriguez. It was fluid, it was sensual, it was minimal, it was precise and it was beautiful. This show was a feast for the eyes. Like a great masterpiece, it captivated me, and I found myself almost drooling over the drapey tops, the silky trousers, the dresses that hung 'just so' from the models' shoulders *sigh*. 

Key piece: a pair of silky wide-legged trousers to see you right through the season.

Zac Posen surprised everyone this week with a collection that was at once a complete departure from his usual offering of red carpet worthy gowns, but at the same time, retained the essence of elegance and romance for which he is known and loved. Ensembles that wouldn't be out of place in the boardroom or cocktail bar delighted and charmed us.

Key piece: a perfectly tailored navy jacket to swoosh on over your suit for a smart day at the office.

All in all, a fairly sombre spring summer, with grown-up palettes of navy, black and white dominating the catwalks, with a few colourful exceptions. I'm looking forward to excellent cuts of wide-legged trousers, more pyjama pieces, flat shoes and subtle tailoring. 

A x

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