I cannot speak for fellow enthused fashion writers, but I do believe that ready to wear fashion week season is much like the first day fashion training (whatever the sphere) because beyond the appealing, the pleasurable, the thrilling and the notoriety, these collections need to make fiscal sense. This year’s New York Fashion Week ready to wear for spring provided just that. And, I looked at it from five degrees; A nostalgic reference. The must have item. Clever usage of fabric. Promising newness. Stunning styling.
The 60’s revived!
Everyone who knows me in person will testify that “The Age of the Aquarius” is my darling era of all times. The proof is inked inside wrist. When thinking about the 1960s fashion, one divides their mentions between brows. Designers seem to have taken to the naturalism of a hippie-ish pre-Vietnam stylings with Native American winks, think of an odd lunch date (at the Lincoln centre of course) between Jeannie Rhyan and Shiela Franklin from Hair –the movie musical (Oh you know I was going there).
Skirting this issue!
We have come to understand sexiness beyond the obvious. The maxi skirt sees yet another season in an Oh-so-lady design reminiscent of the first few scenes Sophia Lauren portrays in the timeless movie; A Breath of Scandal. Think of an A-line floor sweeping skirts, ticking every possible box on the fashion fronts and so very defiant of age. The stylings feed just about every desire from sports luxe, to vampy, to regular chants of “I really just threw this on and voila!”.
The newish minimalist!
Cynthia Rowley, Michael Kors, Belstaff, Assembly NY, Nanette Lepore, The Row.
Fashion has attachment issues. I say this because no season has known a trend to seep in and receive cheers quite like the ever so repeated less is more mantra and when it is on the runway, we somehow search for novelty. Next Spring’s minimalism sees a touch of tiny impactful technical detailing like a zipper here, a monochrome attachment there and a basic cut worthy of limitless gushes.
Grunge it if you dare!
y3, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag and Bone, Diesel Black and Gold.
Nothing says I know my stuff quite like magnificent deconstruct. Over the years we (the very critical fashion tribe) have shut eyes at deconstructed designs and passing them as an overzealous fashion graduate exhibitionism fad. However when done artistically and resulting in wearable pieces we can’t help but nod in approval. Suggestions for spring 2013’s hemlines are uneven, damning of any sort of traditional approach and very ready to wear anywhere. All so very downtown streets.
Seeing through the future!
Alexander Wang, Pamela Rowland, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Diesel Black and Gold, Calvin Klein, Altuzarra.
Skin is the bizniz I say. Any designer who can show skin in their line and not make me want to assume a position on a jacaranda at an ungodly hour is my bff. Uncomplicated cut-outs are all the eye-catching rage. Seen in a variety of fabrics, runway royalties are set to breathe skin peep shows in garments that would otherwise be seen as nothing special. At the risk of a crafty result, pieces with sliced bits that got to walk the ramp aimed for a futuristic edge much like how the industry would love to see a remake of an ultra feminine Mad Max.
Yes, yes, yes. I know we will have a full year to adopt this kind of fever in these parts, but hey at least I won’t feel guilty of not having identified the trends. Go on… Bloom.