If i am completely honest, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs have been the saviours of fashion week in New York this season. I have always considered NY to be the 'safer' of all the shows, but the designers above proved me wrong. Whilst some struggled to get it right for autumn/winter, they each presented incredible shows.
Proenza Schouler's collection was incredibly chic, edgy and dramatic. The graffiti like prints provided as the theme throughout the show, with the playful mixture of dark and pale colours thrown together. I liked the ease of the styling, and how everything looked effortlessly stylish. The cutesy dresses were toughened up with stockings and long sleeved black tanks. I became a fan of PS last season, and my admiration seems set to continue after this collection.
Oscar De La Renta
One of the few great legends of fashion that is still around, Oscar De La Renta, showcased a beautiful, elegant collection that proved, the man still hasn't lost his touch.With a strong forties inspired look, the exquisite detailing and craftsmanship was clear to see in this collection. It was nostalgic, romantic and wonderfully feminine, and with it being award season, i have no doubt that one of these beauties will be gracing the red carpet in March.
Ralph LaurenA mixture of equestrian and bohemian came together at Ralph Lauren. Whilst i dont think the show was particularly groundbreaking, it was Lauren doing what he does best. There were redingote jackets, leg of mutton sleeves, cocktail dresses, and floral maxis, styled with plenty of embellishment, that gave this collection a boost. I am partial to a bit of floral in spring, summer autumn and winter, so i was one over by this collection...just. The pictures above show some of my favourite looks.
Calvin KleinOne word: Minimalism. Yes, that's what it was all about at Calvin Klein. With a colour palette of greys, charcoal, clinical white and black, this collection favoured simplicity over heavy styling - typical of a Calvin Klein show. Shift dresses, cocoon coats, tailoring and a ruffle here and there made up this collection, portraying a chic aesthetic. I have to say i didn't think to much of this collection, personally i like a bit of heavy styling, and a bit more detail. However, no one can deny the beautiful craftsmanship of the clothes and overall presentation.
(all images via style.com)