New York Fashion Week has finally returned! With shows returning to physical events, we are now getting the full experience of live runways, stylish front-row attendees, and big houses returning to the catwalk. With so many shows to cover, here is our rundown on what you might have missed at NYFW.
Christian Siriano, a red carpet favourite, showed fantasy evening gowns and luxurious cocktail dresses during NYFW. A section of the show was dedicated to various adaptations of the classic, little black dress – sheer fabrics with graphic bold stitching, exaggerated skirt silhouettes, and roughly textured fabrics elevated the simplicity of a black dress. Siriano also shone with neon greens and yellows, reminding us that this is certainly a collection created for the brightness of Spring.
Collina Strada is a refreshing breath of clean air in the fashion industry. The brand champions sustainable practices and provides transparency into how its garments are manufactured. Fresh, light and floral themes blended across the assortment of looks – visualise a fairy’s wardrobe and you come close to the beauty of Collina Stada’s collection. Breezy fabrics in silhouettes, from voluptuous bustles and layered skirts to sweet, pastel tank tops and silk dresses, Collina Stada is what we want to wear during sunny days.
Saint Sintra debuted at NYFW; whilst only launching in February the brand has become a favourite of Emma Chamberlain, Olivia Rodrigo and Kali Uchis. A psychedelic, Alice-in-Wonderland-esque garden party describes the atmosphere of this show. Sheer fabrics with whimsical crystal patterns, ruffled and scrunched shirts, loosely knitted skirts and bikini tops encompassed a dreamy, yet incredibly stylish, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
Peter Do is certainly a brand to watch with technical skill, architectural design, and simple textiles ensuring chic and wearable pieces. The first Peter Do show ever has proven the power of the brand – presenting neutral basics with ultra-chic tailoring, details which naturally accentuate fabric choices, and infamous leather boots demonstrates the beliefs and staples of the Peter Do brand. The versatility of the collection allows for layering in Winter with lighter fabrics saved for Spring and Summer. Peter Do will definitely be chic and stylish no matter what season it is.
From floral prints on oversized, draped jackets to pink gingham playsuits, boxy white suit jackets paired with delicate corsets and high-waisted trousers, to bold mini dresses entirely covered in multi-coloured feathers, Prabal Gurung presented a little bit of everything. Perhaps this reminds us that femininity and power do not have to be trapped in a box. He closed his Instagram explanation with the powerful quote from the famous fashion critic, Robin Givhan: ‘To be girlish is to be powerful, because power is redefined.’
Moschino was as bold and beautiful as ever. Taking inspiration from Fran Drescher’s costumes in The Nanny, Jeremy Scott brought pastel power suits, springtime patterns, and 60s style dresses to the runway. The flamboyancy we expect from Moschino was certainly present in cocktail dresses constructed from pop art fabrics decorated with colourful animal cartoons. This collection proves Spring does not have to be subtle – (as always) boisterous, bold, and bright is definitely in at Moschino.
LaQuan Smith already made history, presenting the first show at the top of the Empire State Building. Such an extravagant venue was fulfilled with gorgeous garments. The show provided the wardrobe we need for any summer getaway – from neutral bikinis, loose cover-ups and sultry dresses with cut-outs, to draped white garments, and rich cobalt and navy blue pieces, LaQuan Smith has got you covered for hot girl summer. His skill to create skin-tight silhouettes which do not seem to restrict ties back to his fashion beginnings creating primarily leggings. LaQuan’s eye for fabrics, silhouettes, and how to flatter the body were all exemplified in this dramatic show.
3.1 Phillip Lim’s Spring ready-to-wear collection embodies a cool, chic, and simply stylish wardrobe. Primarily, the collection focuses on neutral basics elevated through complex styling choices, like layering, additional accessories and oversized fits. Earthy greens, oranges, and browns made an appearance alongside multi-coloured check prints. The collection feels easy and wearable – by creating interesting garments in black and white, the pieces are simple to style for a relaxed, chic outfit.
These are only some of the NYFW shows which have occurred so far, we still have many creative powerhouses, like Brandon Maxwell, Rodarte, Kim Shui, and, of course, Tom Ford to come. We’ll be catching you up with unmissable shows still to come this weekend!
Words by Caitlin Sahin
Photo Credit: @Lewismirrett