Lights! Drama! Fashion! With a triumphant return to in-person shows, New York Fashion Week took place last week (8th to 12th September 2021), bringing us insights into what's to come next in the world of fashion. The week-long fashion extravaganza sparked the energy and excitement that surrounds a live event, something we have all been craving during the pandemic. Here are a few designers that grabbed our attention and earned our nod of approval.
Prabal Gurung has penned down his thoughts on the power of femininity and that genuinely reflects into his collection. Deriving inspiration from the beauty of New York, his collection depicted the natural strength of women and what she wants in terms of fashion. "The lights of the city reflected in neon cotton gingham, delicate hand-shredded organza to mimic fur in strong silhouettes, consciously elevating feminine staples with structure, with a sense of fluidity where utilitarian meets extreme femininity," he describes in his Instagram post 'American Girl'.
Celebrate island-chic dressing with this joyous, tropical collection designed by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. Bringing home the mood of the collection was the show venue itself, located on the Amph of Little Island. The byproduct—a serene view that appeared as a backdrop— elevated this collection's charm. We loved the celebratory coral hues, floral jacquard and zebra prints, beaded fringe and the oh-so-lovely feathered necklaces are all a part of their spring collection.
A gorgeous, vintage-inspired consisting of plaids, stripes, silver jewellery and contrasting colours, all harmoniously paired together to spark joy. According to designer Tory Burch, her collection was inspired by, "Claire McCardell’s ingenuity and her legacy of American sportswear which revolutionized the way women dress. Her designs instilled a sense of freedom, encouraging self-expression and empowered women with a casual elegance that is as relevant today as it was in the late 1940s.”
Jeremy Scott represents a joyous spirit throughout his collection that showcased pastel-yet-bright colours along and some whimsical cartoon motifs in signature Moschino style. This season's Moschino collection was lively and vibrant, one of the highlights being when Gigi Hadid showed up with a baby bottle! The skirt suit emerged as a prominent silhouette that was seen throughout the show as were the colourful, beaded hair do's that have us obsessed.
For SS22, Anna Sui showcased a collection titled, 'Another Day in Paradise - where the sky is always sunny and the mood is forever upbeat.' From the first outfit to be walked out onto the ramp, the designer's tropical prints and oversized retro glasses instantly delivered her message, loud and clear. A bevvy of quirky prints and cute necklaces also helped reiterate the mood. "Procession of shades of neon pink and green, the collection consists of crochet bathing suits on top of neon spandex scuba shirts, with fluorescent gingham socks and tan sandals with fluorescent soles," wrote Anna on Instagram, and that pretty much sums up the vibe of her show in a nutshell.
On the occasion of the brand's 40th anniversary, Wes Gordan designed a collection that was inspired by Carolina Herrera's 1983 SS runway show. According to their latest Instagram post, "The Spring 2022 Collection celebrates four decades of exhilarating fashion at the House of Herrera, and the talent and true craftsmanship of the New York City-based atelier." Bright red hues, black-and-white, stripes, floral prints, polka dots, statement sleeves and oversized bow-ties brought the designer's message home, clearly and boldly to his audience.
Ah, the glory of spring! Floral settings all across the venue at Jason Wu instantly set the dreamlike mood for a collection consisting of elegant silhouettes, natural dyes, statement sleeves and off-shoulder dresses.
Showcasing a collection titled 'Urban Romance' was designer Micheal Kors, who carefully arranged bouquets of red flowers inside his handbags to set the mood. Sophisticated, tailored silhouettes and shimmery dresses played a major role in this collection, as did the combination of a bold red lip and classic black outfit, animal prints and floral lace patterns. The result? A grown-up, romantical collection for the modern woman who favours an elegant sartorial style.
Designer Tom Ford brought the party to the runway with a ready-to-wear collection filled with glitz and glamour. Stacked gold necklaces, satin fabrics, sequins, shimmer and everything sparkly were fused together to create a celebration on stage. Vivid colours, chokers, chains, oversized blazers and jackets were a part of this stunning collection. Let's not forget the detailed accessories that dazzled the beholder and caught our eye.