While AW16 may not have been the greatest fashion week in New York’s history, it did have its highlights. I, along with many others, have definitely grown frustrated over the lack of creativity and risk taking in recent NYFWs. However, there are always a few refreshing shows that remind me why I believe in fashion and its future.
Reem Acra: Reem Acra AW16 was made up of insanely intricate barely there lingerie inspired dresses. Acra, herself, described it as “a very sexy collection.” The gowns were done artfully through tasteful embellishing and beautiful draping. Lace was paired with various fabrics- primarily silk and tulle, and with stunning tassel like fringe and rhinestone embellishments. In addition to the barely there looks, there were scattered touches of high necklines and opaque fabric to keep the mystique. Although this show was early on in the week, the moment I saw a photo of Leomie Anderson’s second look (silver dress) I new it was going to be a favorite of mine. I was refreshed by how refined and put together each and every look was.
Public School NYC: Public School has been my one of favorite New York designers for a little while now and its almost a given that I am going to like what Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne put out every season. Everyone knows they are the kings of outerwear and this show was no different. The show transitioned sequentially from hot pink, to black/silver, to denim, and ended with a grouping of olive toned looks. The stand out look in my eyes was look 27- the full length black fur coat. The setting of the show was also mad cool in a now gallery that was once the legendary “Roxy” nightclub in pre-gentrification NYC. I was relieved to see that they stuck with their classic, cool downtown vibe rather than the gothic look some of the other street style designers went for this season.
Michael Kors: Although a lot of high fashion fans like to hate on Michael Kors, if you look past the watches and bags the clothes are usually very good. This collection had an effortless feeling but still remained polished and chic. The mixing of texture played a massive roll in the collection- feathers, fur, sequins, etc. It was also full of short skirts, cropped pants, and overcoats. As for colors, Kors mixed metallics with bright colors . I personally loved the idea of adding spring lengths and colors for winter. It was also Kors’ first “buy now, wear now” collection. It’s interesting to see a veteran designer embrace the industry changes while most others criticize it. Kors described the move as an “experiment.”
Rodarte: Rodarte has slowly become one of my favorite shows in New York. Creative directors/founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy consistently release collections that are very unique and different from each other. This can cause the collections to be hit and miss. However, they tend to be hits. This seasons’ collection was inspired by The Godfather. There were themes of life, death, and love that were represented by white, black, and red sections. The collection featured standout sheer paneling, large fur jackets, tulle, leather, and lace. All in all, the show felt very romantic.
Marc Jacobs: What a great way to end NYFW. This show took us on a journey through time. The show began with nineties elements- sweatshirts, platforms, and ended with victorian elements- ruffled collars, bussells. Overall, the collection was very gothic. There were admitted influences of dark characters like Livia from beetle juice. The clothes generally had spring cuts and fall colors. Jacobs described it as “xeroxing spring to make it grey and black.” It was so intricate and masterful, exactly what we have come to expect from Marc Jacobs.
All photos via Vogue.com
Judging from the nails on September’s SS16 runways, the transition from winter nails to spring nails will be a subtle one. Many of the shows featured metallic neutrals or barely there nudes. However, there were a few shows, including Dior and Sibling, who went for traditional spring/summer pastels.
Keep reading to find out how to recreate five runway looks using Deco Miami’s cruelty free nail polishes.
Dior: Nails were painted in four different pastel shades- yellow, blue, purple, and coral.
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Carolina Herrera: Nails were painted in a dusty pink.
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Reem Acra: Nails were painted in rose gold.
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Sibling: Nails were painted in lavender, baby pink, and black.
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Philip Lim: Nails were painted in a coffee brown.
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P.S. NYFW review is coming very soon, and i’ll continue to cover fashion month as per usual.
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