Watching most of the shows both in-person and through the live casts its been interesting in the sense that in the past you could allude to an era for inspiration. Either 70s, 80s or even 20s have been reflected on as the source of an aesthetic. That’s been absent until viewing Nicole Miller’s latest collection. The Spring 2016 collection has a decidedly 80s feel. With the graffiti print dress and grating displayed on denim and dresses it seems as if Miller was channeling a look of the real 80s. If one remembers the dresses of Miami Vice, it’s easy to see that extensive use of vibrant colors and prints were the hallmarks. Yes, it was Madonna, but the care free indulgence of the 80s meant thinking in abstract both in terms of design and color. Miller replicates that feeling here with sheath dresses and gowns but with scribbling and abstract looking writing and characters. Floral is Miller’s strengths and she doesn’t abandon that for grit as you get a healthy dosing of that as well. It’s a solid effort for Miller fans (of which there are many).
Don’t let Katharine Polk fool you Houghton is a decidedly women’s collection. The thing here though is that it is done her way through a decidedly male prism. The low hanging trousers would have had many a republican writing new laws for sagging pants, but the crux of the delivery was always done in a feminine way so no laws for you! Embellished knits with layering throughout were present, a beautiful black lace frock hid nothing to the imagination and a super large Mongolian fur scarf was a highlight to be sure. Taken as a whole the Houghton Fall 2015 collection is less male and more assertive woman in charge with an aesthetic quality all her own.
It’s hard to be impressed the following Wednesday after fashion week in New York starts. By this time you’ve seen an average of let’s say 40 collections and an average of 30 looks each. By this point you’re on your 1200th look, and still Lupe Gajardo’s Fall 2015 collection brought enough that was different to the table that it could be called refreshing. Gajardo is based out of Santiago Chile. Her background includes studying under Sebastián Errazuriz as well as participating in Berlin Fashion week in 2012. Her inaugural showing at fashion week in New York is focused on a highly artistic aesthetic. This Fall 2015 collection is replete with knits, (some heavy cable, a beautiful floor length knit in black). She had an interesting take on denim, creating a skirt that was a patchwork quilt of other denim pieces, a spaghetti strapped quasi layered dress a feathered and knit top slender dress, a midriff baring top and skirt in white containing multiple oversized clothes pins. Only Gajardo could make a burlap sac in appearance seem fashionable both as a full length dress and a skirt that falls just below the knee.
Here’s why Naeem Khan’s Fall 2015 collection is a welcome change of pace from what’s been shown 5 days during fashion week in New York: he kept the beauty straightforward. There was no sleight of hand. There was nothing over the top. It is a beautiful collection of pieces that contained some shared heritage (you can see a continuous influence), but it also contains more of an evolution for the designer. there were several embroidered dresses and gowns in keeping with what’s happening in gown making this day, but there was also a bit of a diversion. A floral dress with actual petal adornments placed throughout, a sparkling 20s flapper dress with a shimmering top and feathers three quarters of the way down, a double slit white dress with sheer fabric at the chest, a strapless abstract geometric print gown in white and black, two plunging v-neck gowns that screams Oscars one in half white and black and one in all black with silver trim and so much more that stated Khan is versatile as well as attentive to the female form.
This intelligently feminine collection has all the makings of a favorite of this season. Nonoo gives us the embellished sleeveless knit dress in a deep denim blue with the thoughtful full neck covering treatment that we’ve seen throughout fashion week but to better effect here. We also get a linear curved abstract print dress with an almost denim like covering and a slight slit. Her white mini-dress moves beautifully done with a mock neck treatment and variation of the knit dress in deep blue except it’s a cropped sweater with elongated sleeves. Her black frills dress in a show and season stealer because it’s unique, feminine and ever so sensual falling at least a handful of inches above the knee tunic-style. This is a gorgeous collection with no parallel this season.
Nicole Miller’s Fall 2015 collection caught us a little by surprise primarily because of the abstract use of color on some pieces. That’s not to say the designer never had an extensive use of color before, one need only look at Fall 2014, Spring 2013 to understand that she embraced the colorful mantra. In those seasons, the designer it seemed at the time let the fabric take the color where it would. This season, Nicole Miller’s collection strength comes through specifically in the artistic kaleidoscope of color. Almost every separate is something unto itself without a matching piece necessary. That colorful fur skirt is paired with a print top against a black background, but it needn’t be because it’s compelling by itself. That peacock print dress with a plunging but suddenly halted v-neckline is striking, the slingback opentoe black heel with colorful print, the imaginary colorful forest print against the black top, what about the top with the mason navigation symbol and ohm print (among others) throughout. I simply can’t type fast enough to explain the constant onslaught of color throughout. And in the end, you’re left with a Fall 2015 collection that is every bit Nicole Miller but with […]
The DAKS Spring 2015 collection is one of the best shown this season thus far. There’s variety and an aesthetic sophistication. The designer shows range from the high waisted shorts to the shimmery zip dress in black to the feathered dress with fitted grey top. The DAKS collection has gowns and an evening strapless dress with overlay detailing around the edges that will simply have tongues wagging. Along with the usual names in bold, Spring 2015 has the potential of being must have for the season.
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