Monday, 22 September 2014

NYFW #1: ZAC Zac Posen, Tadashi Shoji, Coach, CG Chris Gelinas, Rebecca Minkoff, Nicole Miller | Spring/Summer 2015: Ready-To-Wear

- ZAC Zac Posen -
The ZAC Zac Posen show was much more pared down than his usual work, yet still maintained his instantly recognisable focus on striking silhouettes. As in his Oscar-worthy gowns, his collection featured clothes with emphatic shapes such as the widely pleated scuba skirt in the second image or the elegantly ruffled grey dress in the fifth. Featuring pastels in muted ice cream shades as well as bold colours like cobalt and fuchsia, Posen's collection proves to be a perfectly transitional one through the use of both waffle fabrics and more delicate and spring-like chiffons. I'm particularly in love with the blazer in the third look; who ever said blue and black couldn't be worn together?

- Tadashi Shoji -
I was especially excited about Shoji's show this season as I truly adored his winter collection this year. His Spring/Summer offering has not disappointed. One of the many shows so far this season that presents blue as a primary source of inspiration, Shoji's collection seems to reference Chinese blue and white porcelain wares, whilst the mesh panels seen throughout bring the clothes to a more contemporary vibe. High necks and demure hemlines, this is one for the more elegant lady, sporting a centrally parted chignon and some beautifully crisp white sandals.

- Coach -
Following major trends more overtly than some of the other collections presented, Coach brings an immediate 60's vibe through their mini hemlines and high necks, leopard-skin prints and sweeping fringes. Retaining some of the past year's trends through oversized coats and pastel shades, the collection is youthful and urban, whilst chunky sandals and boxy totes lead the way in the accessories department.

- CG Chris Gelinas -
One of my favourite collections of New York so far, Chris Gelinas' collection reminds me of both Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou's work, specifically in the digital prints and mixed fabrics. The final three looks in particular emphasise this comparison, whilst the earlier looks in the show give off a more sleek vibe; the effortless lilac two piece of the top row and the stunning mustard yellow suit in the second show the power of a block colour ensemble, whilst Gelinas' shoe choice shows that the reign of barely there heels is yet to continue for a long while!

- Rebecca Minkoff -
If not proved already, let me spell it out for you: blue is not the warmest, but in fact the coolest colour this coming season. Powder blue, bold cobalt, and nautical navies; blue is absolutely everywhere for Spring/Summer. Rebecca Minkoff's collection presents no exception, expanding even further to green based blues, like the aqua camis of the first two looks. Significantly more wearable than many of the collections shown so far this season, Minkoff has focused largely on a nautical, cruise-like chic, inspiring holiday vibes through oversized floppy hats and thin breezy skirts. My absolute favourite look is the white top and powder blue shorts combination on the second row, which is not only as off duty summer chic as can be, but should be seriously imitable on the high street.

- Nicole Miller -
Now this is a collection that is already harking back to Summer '14 as a reference point. Not that that is a bad thing; last summer's fashion was the best it's been for the warmer seasons for a few years in my opinion! Bold jungle inspired prints and bright colours against an array of monochrome (emphasised even further by the retro-funk black and white catwalk), the show takes a more demure turn in the final looks, offering both casual and formal options for next spring's trends. P.S. Don't stop your crunches quite yet; it seems crop tops are here to stay for another 6 months.

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Do excuse the lateness of the first post of Fashion Month, it has been a seriously hectic few weeks with trips away for work and to see friends, as well as having family visiting and a full time job. I am finally catching up with the endless fashion madness of New York, London and Milan, so stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 of NYFW coming in the next week or so!

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