Thursday, 25 September 2014

NYFW #2: Tanya Taylor, Trina Turk, Nonoo, Monique Lhullier, Diane von Furstenberg | Spring/Summer 2015: Ready-To-Wear

- Tanya Taylor -
Tanya Taylor has proved that a quad of colour is more than enough when you're working with opposites. Monochrome bases with wild splashes of orange and blue provide perfectly transitional colours for the movement from winter to spring, the mini lengths of the skirts and shoulder baring tee's confirming the season we're going to be dressing for. My favourite look from the collection is the collared tee and asymmetric skirt in the third image, whilst the lesson in matching your orange toned red lips to your equally as bright accessories is one I plan to learn as soon as warmer weather hits. The colour palette remains simple whilst the more unusual cuts of the clothes do the talking; all hail Taylor's monochrome print army!

- Trina Turk -
Without doubt the most overtly summer inspired show on the runway so far at NYFW, Trina Turk's collection brings all the usual conventions of the hotter months - bright colours, bold prints, short hemlines - to S/S '15. Statement necklaces, bejewelled sandals and clutches to make your eyes sore (nearly), this collection is an absolute step away from the normcore and navy of the previous New York shows this month, and is definitely one that will fare well for those hitting more lively holiday destinations. See you in Ibiza, Trina.

- Nonoo -
Who needs black, say Nonoo. Something about this collection is so ineffably chic, with cool easy fabrics and no fuss shapes. The deep v necks aren't so daring that they make the wearer or watcher uncomfortable, whilst the hemlines remain cheeky yet practical. The two all white ensembles look incredibly stylish for more off duty dressing, whilst the beautiful mint and beige pieces almost beg to be worn lazily whilst frolicking on a Greek island somewhere. Easy all in ones and super strappy sandals; this summer could be the most lazy luxe one yet.

- Monique Lhullier -
Pastels fit for a princess and gowns decked in jewels, this collection was pretty much made for someone with a girlie-at-heart taste like mine. Immediately upon seeing the collection I was reminded of two designers; Dior in shape, and Giambattista Valli in embellishment. The focus on the waist and the floral detailing has to have been influenced by Valli's S/S '14 couture collection, whilst the delicate strapless dresses remind me of many a Dior gown, specifically the one worn by Natalie Portman in the utterly divine Miss Dior ad. Each look celebrates a demure and fun femininity, offset by the sleekness of the poker straight centre-parted hair. A mixture of classic formal fabrics as well as more on trend materials (see the mesh tops and high shine skirts), Monique Lhullier has created a stunningly pretty collection that I will absolutely be looking to for inspiration next spring.

- Diane von Furstenberg -
Let's just get this out there immediately. Along with the rest of the world; we need to talk about Kendall. Like anyone interested in the fashion or modelling worlds, it's safe to say that an air of skepticism arises in me when celebrities get involved with luxury brands, particularly when they come from the reality television end of the spectrum. But seeing Jenner in the DVF show has confirmed her status as worthy of the runway for me (not that the girl's suffering from sleepless nights over my approval, let's be honest here). Not only has she been placed in one of my favourite looks from the entire collection, but her hair, make up and - shall we just say it? - never-ending limbs look just as divine. Moving on to Diane von Furstenberg at large, we have another show this season featuring a mountain of monochrome, this time also showcasing one of the biggest trends set for next summer - gingham. Dresses, two pieces, handbags; it's everywhere. Advice from the top next spring? Go gingham or go home.

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Read the first part of my New York Fashion Week show report series here, and make sure you check back in the next few days for the final installment before we move on to London! And don't forget to let me know in the comments below...

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