Monday, 14 February 2011

Quick round up of New York Fashion Week so far...

New York Fashion week opened at the end of last week and indeed the industries critics and celebrities came out in force to show their support for all the designers in the freezing New York weather. So far over the last four days a couple of collections have excited me with their designs and styles. I expressed in my last post which designers I was looking forward to seeing, though here are my top shows so far of designers I hadn't initially thought I would be as keen on. I hold my hands up and to be honest I was pleasantly surprised with what they showed....

Jason Wu: The 28yr-old designer showed just how beautiful lace can look in his A/W collection. He showed many sheer blouses and a-line skirts with lace panelling. Classic white tailored coats graced the catwalk along with feminine dresses, featuring more lace detailing on the sleeves and neckline. Wu stuck to mainly ' Monochrome' colours though there was hits of red throughout the collection. In regards to the evening wear dresses he showed.. as usual jaw dropingly beautiful. Full of sparkly beading …... I am sure the a-listers in the front rows were eyeing them up!
Alexander Wang: All I can say is I wanted the catwalk in my hallway at home! Alexander ( who has admitted that he loves to dance) made his catwalk out of illuminated tiles. Just brilliant! I felt the collection had a mix of a 1920's/1930's pieces throughout with bias-cut evening gowns and satin maxi skirts and and beautiful angora knitwear. He also showed that we will be keeping hold of our sandals for winter. As fox-fur trimmed high-heeled sandals walked down the catwalk (my brain was thinking that I don’t think this footwear isn’t exactly winter-proof) however the overall Wang's collection came together to show a new take on retro/old school glamour (with a little 90's street-wear thrown in) and it strangely worked.
Victoria Beckham: Have to say I love the fact that Victoria has shown her last 3 collections at the town house on Upper-East-side of Manhattan, as it was the location for Carrie and Big's apartment in Sex and the City... It is just beautiful, just like her A/W 2011 collection. One thing that stands out from the collection is the use of the fabric and clear lines. Column-esc dresses (which are her signature now) hold in ever inch of the body, showing off curves. Which of course not every designer aims at showing these off. Though it was refreshing to see a variety of other styles be shown. I personally liked a floor length pleated dress that featured a soft draped neckline. The collection featured shades of saffron, scarlet, and a burnt sienna.
Tory Burch and Tommy Hilfigar: Both showed how to make 70's last through the summer and into winter. Burch showed wide legged trousers and silk blouses while Hilfigar used clean cut tailoring in the form of masculine city coats over silky pajama suits and sleeveless double breasted jackets over chiffon shirts. Both channelled the 70's vibe, Hilfugar in a chic structured way and Burch with a relaxed attitude and expressed himself through fur gillets and like Alexander Wang and trimmings of fur/fluff around coat colours and wrists of dresses. Tory Burch Tommy Hilfigar

So from the first couple of days of NYFW I am glad to report that my 70's closet staples will be useful for winter... how economically friendly of the designers! Will report at the end of the week of other shows that have grabbed me..