For anyone who has vaguely gazed at a form of social media in the past seven days, they will have realized that something rather important had been going on in the Big Apple. Yes, it was New York Fashion Week, and editors, bloggers and industry somebodies were getting their exclusive first taste of Spring/ Summer 2015. This is my round-up of the best…
The glossy raven-haired designer immersed his collection with sporty vibes. Biker tones were alternated with designs that would not look amiss on a tennis court.
3.1 PHILIP LIM
This was a beautiful collection of clever proportions. Asymmetric lines gave edge to pretty pastel shades.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
For the queen of New York design, print was crucial. Girly gingham was the favourite pattern by far with delicate florals a close runner-up. Another key trend was the star quality on her catwalk – Kendall Jenner made a ‘discreet’ appearance and Naomi Campbell closed the show.
As the label of choice to presidents’ wives and female royalty, Wu’s collection did not disappoint in terms of demure elegance. Indeed, he played very safe with colours and silhouette, and the looks often lacked energy.
MARC BY MARC JACOBS
The collection, masterminded by the freshly-instated Brits Kate Hillier and Luella Bartley, was an eccentric array of punkish insouciance and playful undertones. Supersize polka dots contrasted with lashings of PVC.
The male duo have a knack for creating the most covetable pieces. This season they opted for muted tones but ensured their collection remained fresh so as to not alienate their edgy twentysomething urban ‘woman’.
Guaranteed pure preppy, Hilfiger has remained committed to the all-American look. Star prints and chauffeur boy hats injected eccentricity into a collection that was rich in colour but poor in innovation.
Donatella Versace is the epitome of the brand her brother founded and which she maintained exquisitely on his death. Lashings of skin, black leather and gloss were all on display. The stand-out piece in the show for me was a black minidress fastened at the side by safety pin-esque hardware, reminiscent of the Versace number Liz Hurley wore at a film premiere on Hugh Grant’s arm which catapulted her to fame.
The Spice-Girl-turned-acclaimed-fashion-designer presented a collection with African Safari and Seventies Mediterranean getaway vibes. A neutral palette and simple lines were apparent throughout. The pared back nature if the collection appeared a degree unadventurous for the stylish Brit.
A beautiful show from the Australian that embraced frills, pastels and the kind of shiny, scratchy fabric that you remember from your 1990’s childhood. However, Zimmermann has the talent to make such elements look incredibly good taste. Additionally, only a designer from a land of perennial beach weather know how to make a swimsuit so desirable.