NYFW Recap: N[all pieces]SFW

Post summer blues is not a thing [for me]. Instead, I know what’s coming; the sun suddenly seeps through the seams of the garments hanging on the most renowned, top models of New York FashionWeek. All the hard work leading up until showtime abruptly boils down to a matter of minutes. And the next best thing to a press pass is, of course, the Snapchat coverage. A perspective unlike any other, Snapchat viewers are sure to get a sore thumb, as the road to the runway becomes impressively close.

‘Island Life’ x Tommy Hilfiger

photo courtesy of Elle

Recap: Tommy Hilfiger told Snapchat his collection inspiration came from “the 70’s, hippies and fun at the beach.” When the camera swapped to hair and makeup it was clear that his vision was executed to the very last detail; in true Tommy Hilfiger form. Colorful hair wraps hung from the hair of almost every model; the makeup was dewey, fresh and topped off with a coral lip. Straying away from his typical ‘preppy-go-lucky’ look, Hilfiger reminded us that the leisurely life is kind of everything. The Business of Fashion points out that, “only 40 percent of what is on the runway, makes it into production — which makes the show mostly a marketing exercise.” Fantastic for a select few and sure to set the standard for alternative mass retailers.

Heavy In: Stripes, the Hadid sisters (Bella + Gigi), knitwear mixed with, pops of color: think reggae blends (reds, greens and yellows with black), chunky necklaces: beaded style and the musical backdrop of Bob Marley’s song, ‘Could You Be Loved’.

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Photo courtesy of USAnews21.com.

Shiny Moment: The models ended the show by stomping through the water which served as the center-piece to the boardwalk runway.

see full collection here.

‘Yeezy Season 2’ x Kanye West

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Photo courtesy of High Snobiety.

Recap: Kim K. arrived in head to toe camel, toting North West (also in camel, a plush little coat). We should have seen where this was going; their support a nod to the aggressively used color of his collection: beige. The models collectively marched out, in uniform, to the shouts of, “left, left, detail, halt!” And just like that, the collection arrested into position. Unlike last season, GQ reports that the collection is not affiliated with Adidas.

Heavy In: Monochromatic camel hues; also muted olives and chocolate browns, celebrities including the majority of Kardashian-Jenners (Kylie Jenner, in show; Kendall Jenner in second row?), controversy, outerwear, militant marching, leotards, natural hair (some in fishnet) and a new Kanye West track.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Kanye West attends the adidas show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson SQ. on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage

Shiny Moment: Kanye popped a smile, bigger than usual, upon finale. And North West is warming up to Ana Wintour (Queen of Vogue). The clothes have been massively compared to that of a hobo. Yet, something tells me the grunge of the ’90s is [partially] back (insert worried face emoji) and Yeezy shoes will sell out immediately.

see full collection here.

R2W Spring ’16 x Nanette Lepore

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Photo courtesy of DailyMail (UK).

Recap: Known for her playfulness, Nanette Lepore took it to the next level while hosting her show in the only place her clothes seem appropriate, a big old bash. The wardrobe matched the time period of the ’60s and ’70s; which Lepore told Vogue as the time-period “when everything was happening.” Light and movable, the collection could be easily worn from day to night.

Heavy In: Ruffles galore, bright eyeshadow with minimal mascara, monogramed words on garb reading: ‘This Is My Favorite Mini Skirt Duh‘ and ‘Does Anyone Have A Phone Charger I Can Borrow Forever‘, eyelet and subtle sheer, pinstripes, textured hair and paramount usage of pinks, blues and black.

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Shiny Moment: Hands down, the entrance, which was refreshingly unassuming and fun. Lepore led the conga line of models (pictured above), all wearing her whimsical designs. And the conga line shimmied through a crowd of party-goers to the vibrations of Tiki Disco.

see full collection here.

 R2W Spring ’16 x Marchesa

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Photo courtesy of Anibundel.com

Recap: The Marchesa collection was shown at the St. Regis hotel in NYC. And in true Marchesa form the display was all about opulence and luxury. Dresses fit for a princess, the designing duo from Great Britain, once again confronted all things ultra-glamorous. The show notes hinted to the theme of “a botanical menagerie of caged birds and cascading florals placed under a cascading midnight sky.” And a modern sophistication, so hard to achieve, looked effortless and grand in all the right ways.

Heavy In: gowns: the ones that will soon meet the red carpet, billowy organza, ombre effect, black piping, fishnet and sheer, slicked back buns (middle part on all models), minimal makeup: strong lip, dusty-mint and soft yellows, figure hugging fits and the EDM track, “Little Fluffy Clouds.”

Shiny Moment:  the debut of Marchesa designers, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s, luxury shoe-line (pictured above).

see full collection here.

R2W Spring ’16 x J. Crew

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Photo courtesy of Fashionista.com

Recap: J.Crew has been under construction during the last year, yet a subtle transformation has expanded the brand and the garments elude an amount of “timelessness”; creative director, Jenna Lyons’ ultimate goal. The Spring ’16 collection is lavish in its ability to display an incredibly classic and comfortable look as well as polished and refined detail. The print-on-print overlay is inspiring and nostalgic; a salute to what J. Crew styling is all about: “We mix our patterns and block our colors. We’re into sneakers with suits, denim on denim–and believe a little bit of clash is underrated.”

Heavy In: mixing prints (especially, checked and stripes), statement earrings, cold shoulder tops/dresses (what Jenna Lyons sported to the show), easy-breezy top-knotted hair, square shaped sunnies, gingham, and  beach bags.

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Shiny Moment: A shoe partnership with Dr. Scholls (sandals pictured above), an equally classic brand, that prioritizes  comfort abut never loses any sense of style. Those plaid flats  smoke and mirrors (in a good way).

see full collection here.

S’S 2016 x Marc Jacobs 

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Photo courtesy of MTV.

Recap:  Ziegfeld theatre hosted the Marc Jacobs collection and it was nothing short of a wild ride. Jacobs notably emphasized the show in show-case. The clothes were dripping in detail: feathers, prints and sequins while also accompanied by a full-set orchestra. The models began their strut on the streets (red carpet) and made their way into the exuberant theatre; guests sipping on pop, chomping on popcorn.  The shoes ranged from sneakers to pointy toe, strap-on heels. The guest list included director, Sophia Coppola as well as Instagram fashion guru, Eva Chen (her coverage is beautiful). It’s no wonder MJ closed NYFW S’S ’16.

Heavy In: diversity (plus size and ethnicity for the win !!!), theatrics: an orchestra, red carpet and red curtain, heavy eyeliner, varsity jackets, top models: Bella Hadid, Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls and Alek Wek, thigh high slits, sensory overload, bold colors and metallic hints, an old school movie theatre vibe (with snacks) for guests and All-American symbolic garb.

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Photo courtesy of Fashionista.com

Shiny Moment: As Vogue put it, the highlight has to beBeth Ditto, retro bombshells appearance… the final cherry on top of New York Fashion Week’s most exciting casting.”

watch the full collection here.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. mary pollock says:

    GREAT way to read about Fashion week. So many beautiful dresses. Even loved Tommy Hillfigger. So beautifully done Paige. XOXO proud of you honey!Mom     WHERE YOU FIND NO LOVE, PUT LOVE AND YOU WILL FIND LOVE!                                                JOHN OF THE CROSS

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