New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 Top Designers
As New York fashion week comes to a wrap and London fashion week kicks into full gear, the excitement and anticipation continues to advance on what’s coming down the runways next. This year I had such a pleasure going to some amazing shows. However, after thoroughly analyzing all the runway shows, with much difficulty I had to narrow it down to my top few designers. For those of you who missed out on some of the action, here is a recap of all my favorite noteworthy shows:
This seasons Rodarte collection was inspired by the romantic interpretation of what being a poet could mean in Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s world. The runway gave way to retro seventies and eighties vibes with a romantic twist infused with ruffles, lace, paisley, disco beaded suits, and velvet blouse sleeves. Tons of vintage vibes were apparent throughout the show in addition to crystal earrings, metallic heels, neckties, and of course huge puffy Mongolian fur.
The Proenza Schouler boys pulled through once again this Spring, with a jaw-dropping runway show, consisting of intricately crafted designs that truly brought the runway to life. Proenza adopted a Spanish vibe this year with careful attention to specifics like ribbons, feathers, structural ruffles, mesh, asymmetrical cut outs, pom poms and off-the-shoulder details. To say the least, the show had a little of everything and really exuded hot modern Latin romance.
Riccardo Tisci marked his tenth anniversary at Givenchy with the release of one of the most anticipated fashion shows this year. He delivered a sophisticated array of garments in a tuxedo color palette and softened it up with provocative, yet inviting, lingerie inspired details. Under the gaze of the Manhattan sky, and of almost every fashion conscious New Yorker, paraded tailored suits, silk robes, and lace details. These fragments all came together, showcasing movement first and foremost.
Calvin Klein welcomed spring with a refined and polished approach, playing off of his contrasting tones of dark vs. light. His collection contained a harmonious balance of soft minimalism and dark grunge, themes helped along by his use of loose fitting garments, satin slip dresses, and elongated sleeves. Continuing the concept Francisco Costa added a saturated and unsaturated floral print across trenches, pants, and dresses.
3.1 Phillip Lim
This season Phillip Lim did not disappoint delivering a beautifully tailored runway show consisting of pale, organic neutrals derived from earthy elements. In honor of his 10th anniversary Lim took his romanticized garments and added an edgy twist with a hint of sporty flair, by making full use of pops of leather, stripes and floral prints.
Altuzarra channeled his Basque roots this season, parading the runway with a variety of culturally vibrant festival colors. He took a rather nonchalant direction with his clothing, which included relaxed and loose fitted garments such as shirt dresses and side-slit skirts, and he tied it all up by emphasizing the waist. He coupled his relaxed and easygoing fabrics with simple design details like pleating, buttons, ties, belts and dip dyes.