Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Style: New York Fashion Week AW16

The best shows from the New York catwalks that may have slipped you by.

You know the Hilfigers, the Kate Spades, you've got your Carolina Herrera down and you're au fait with Michael Kors. So here are the shows you might not have seen from New York Fashion Week, but we think you need to know about.

Monse debuted at NYFW last season to much acclaim so we had high hopes of their follow up. The Oscar de la Renta alumni Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia did not disappoint serving up a fresh, contemporary take on feminine workwear and elegant evening wear.

Key piece: your favourite pinstriped shirt unbuttoned and falling off your shoulder.

The cool kids on the block, Baja East presented the most delightfully sumptuous and chilled-out collection fashion has ever seen.  Silk pyjamas with pool sliders, blankets *ahem* scarves so big you can curl up in them and the most glitzy gold evening wear paired with hi-tops. 

Key piece: grab a blanket off your Mum's sofa and style it artfully with whatever you like.

Rolling with the big boys, ethical brand Edun are going from strength to strength. This AW showed a confident collection which was bright, simple and wearable. Particularly lovely was the rainbow coat and the dusty pink trouser suit - a nice application of the Pantone colour of the year.

Key piece: a smart colourful coat will take you nicely through autumn winter.

Zac Posen we applaud you. This season the designer cast a show of black, white, and asian models. With no fanfare, Posen made an important step forward for the fashion industry. He also, by the by, presented a lovely collection of refined, minimal looks perfect for autumn.

Key piece: it's all about the neat little jacket in a gorgeous autumnal hue.

Living up to the name, Creatures of Comfort delivered a collection of relaxed tailoring, cosy knits and easy styling. An exercise in smart casual, that ever-illusive of styles, this was a delightful show. My particular favourite is the dusty pink trouser suit paired with the acid yellow polo-neck - who could ask for more?

Key piece: this autumn-winter pretty much demands a polo-neck, so why not go for one in a zingy shade of yellow?

New York was a relaxed affair this autumn-winter, with oversize, cosy, and off-the-shoulder being key phrases. So take a leaf out of the Americans' book and look forward to a season of chilled evenings snuggled in front of Netflix.

A x

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