New York Fashion Week is typically the plainer, less desginer version of what happens across the Atlantic in the week's following. This year it was as much of a celeb-fest as ever, but the performance aspect of the shows upped the anti no end and proved that NYC is still a big in the game of style. This week saw fashion transformed into performance art and free expression as designers Kanye West, Diane von Furstenberg and Sander Lak, creative director of the upcoming label Sies Marjan, debuted their collections for New York Fashion Week. From street style to ready-to-wear, NYFW has us covered on wrapping up next winter.
Yeezy Season 3
Leave it to Kanye to never fall short of extravagant. Everyone from 50 Cent to Anna Wintour crowded into Madison Square Garden, anxiously awaiting Yeezy’s season 3 collection for Adidas. Kanye’s show was a 2-for-1 deal as he revealed his new album titled The Life of Pablo. The show started out with listening to Kanye’s voice for a straight hour (which I’m positive was his favourite part of the entire show), as the models stood completely still in Yeezy’s signature neutral style. One of the biggest highlights of the show was Naomi Campbell’s appearance on stage that made the crowd go wild.
Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg ditched the runway for a dance party at DVF Headquarters in the Meatpacking District with Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss. Not only did DVF have a killer army of models, she had the perfect collection to match. This season was all about “real clothes on real girls” for DVF. Her beloved printed wrap dresses made an appearance along with elegant slits and timeless fabrics and patterns. Emphasising the idea of luxurious and functional, a black-and-white lace lightning bolt dress worn by Gigi Hadid was available for purchase online immediately after the show.
A collection without black? Unthinkable. Barney’s bought the collection after a preview last month and Vogue’s Nicole Phelps wrote it “just might’ve been my favourite NYFW moment so far.” Creative director Sander Lak has used the vibrancy of his collection to not only put the brand on the map, but to make people warm up to the idea of (dare I say it) wearing bright colours. Although eccentric colours can seem childish and playful, Lak handled them in a sophisticated, elegant way.
England’s most perfect, first family was front and centre to cheer on their matriarch and her FW16 collection. Asymmetric hems, checked patterns and structural and slouchy silhouettes made their way down the runway showing that this rising designer can reinvent herself every season. Beckham brought the corset and bubble skirt back, surprisingly making them appealing for everyday wear. The collection features a beautiful autumn colour palette including navy blue, dark green and terra cotta.
"Those were two eras in fashion that the women were very strong, very cool, very sultry — but in a very different way." So said before her FW16 show. Rachel Zoe is the Glam in chief of NYFW and this season didn’t see her let her guard down an inch. Many of her former collections have drawn upon the luxury of certain time periods in history. This collection was inspired by the luxe of the 1930’s and the androgynous, hip 1990’s; fusing together utmost femininity with an edgy flare. The juxtaposition of Zoe’s flirty dresses and light fabrics with tailored blazers and bomber jackets worked in perfect contrast.
Rihanna’s first collection for Puma
Fenty x Puma
With brands like Adidas and Nike competing for domination of the athletic fashion world, Rihanna made Puma a force to be reckoned with as the company’s first woman creative director. She steered Puma away from their reputation of “gym clothes” to create a collection that celebrates street style and encourages a casual approach to fashion.
Tommy Hilfiger’s nautical-inspired collection was quite the bon voyage as sequined sailor dresses and nautical stripes sailed down the T.H. Atlantic runway. Oversized wool military coats, fishermen sweaters and cropped wide-leg sailor pants stole the show with their embellishments, sequins and modern fusion. Fashion world It girls, Gigi Hadid, Hailey Baldwin and Taylor Hill flaunted these looks making an already sensational collection even better.
Carolina Herrera’s collection may have been soft and feminine with power and sand hues, but it did anything but fade into the background. Delicate chiffon and impeccable 3-D embroideries swiftly floated down the runway, taking embellishment to a whole new level. Scope these designs out now because you will definitely be seeing these gowns on the most well-known celebrities at upcoming galas.