NYFW - part II

September 9, 2013

The collections continue on, and I am seeing some trends solidify more and more, while new ones emerge as the days go on. Here are some memorable shows from the past few days:

 In the days leading up to Alexander Wang's Spring 2014 presentation for his own label, some worried that the designer's time at Balenciaga would actually detract from his namesake collection. When you're designing for a storied fashion house, why worry about a contemporary collection? It's good to know, after seeing his designs for next spring, that Wang hasn't forgotten where he's come from, and his clothes were as urban cool as ever. Easy-going slouchy pants in luxe fabrics, precariously-unbuttoned shirts, and the coolest platform Mary Janes you will ever see (not to mention the "Parental Advisory" sweatshirt that is sure to become the new Kenzo tiger sweatshirt among street style stars). Another successful collection under Wang's belt.

Jen Kao's dresses were absolutely lovely. Instantly wearable but also beautiful and original, and with a hint of 60s flower child but in cool, modern colors. I just really enjoyed the overall vibe of the collection - the textiles, the colors, the flowing stick-straight hair on the models, even the pops of mustard shoes and flowers throughout. Also, there is a dress made entirely of Bunnicula illustrations (if you don't know Bunnicula, I pity you) and for that I absolutely love this whole presentation.

Cool. That is always the best way to describe Opening Ceremony. When the company started a little over a decade ago they changed how people in New York and Los Angeles shopped and I really do think OC was a big part of the recent successes of contemporary and "cusp" brands. Now the brand has debuted its very own collection, for the first time on a runway, and it's as cool as ever. Oversized ponchos in punchy prints mixed with ultra-minis, plenty of pockets, and slouchy-relaxed maxi dresses ruled OC's first runway collection, and everything was, dare I say, totally cool.

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