New York Fashion Week has just kicked off and it's a beautiful start. Much like past seasons, I'm already more drawn to the creative presentations and embellished staged photos over the traditional runway procession. They tend to offer far more punch in terms of the visual packaging and in my opinion, get us more excited about the clothes. (Notice I said 'traditional runway' so that this would exclude those dramatic productions that transform the catwalk into theatre, such as Marc Jacobs' 'Over the Rainbow' show, and of course the master of emotionally engaging stunners so artful that they reduced some guests to tears, Alexander McQueen. Still stings, eh?)
Here are my favourite collections of the first day:
Erin Fetherston's pretty, dress-centric collections are always at home in the garden. This time, some of the floral details in the pieces were inspired by her summer Barbados wedding, and the dresses themselves were based on some of the designs she created for her ceremony and parties.
Creatures of the Wind have been a favourite in the past for a kind of homemade look to very feminine clothes, not referring to the quality but rather a casual, unfussy approach that made these very youthful clothes appear even more so. For spring, Shane Gabier and Chris Peters have further developed what some may call a 'maturation' or refinement of their designs which feature tailored looks and techno fabrics and are therefore more likely to appeal to a wider market. Yet the beloved COTW fun is ever-present thanks to the vivid reds and pinks, colour-blocking and patchwork which brought life to the collection.
Robert Rodriguez' mostly monochromatic, exquisitely structured collection is something of a palette cleanser amongst the more sugary interpretations for spring.
Ok, ready for more sugar!
Tanya Taylor is a new designer on the scene, this being her third NYFW showing after a strong rookie and sophomore season, and I just love what she's doing. Spring is one very happy collection with lots of uplifting pastels and brights, stripes and florals - the latter of which are provided as custom prints created by the paintbrush-proficient Taylor, who also handpainted all 600 mini canvas invitations to mark her first runway show after two presentations. I love the striped sandals and bags which contrast or match depending on the outfit.
More to come...