The second half of NYFW was all about ruffles, bare shoulders and movement . . . here were some of our favorites:
Rosetta Getty: It’s no wonder that postmodern dance and an old pair of lace up dance shoes was the catalyst for Rosetta Getty’s spring collection. Languid fluidity apparent as the commanding theme. Flouncy off the shoulder tops, calf grazing skirts, wrap dresses with ties, and body suits with shoulder cut outs felt luxurious and elevated but most of all, comfortable.
Opening Ceremony: Carol Lim and Humberto Leon also took on the theme of modern dance. However, it was more a literal motif with dancers, interspersed between models, spontaneously breaking out into theatrical choreography during the show. Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and travel also played a role in their inspiration but honestly, I just couldn’t really stop thinking about that pom pom skirt, pom pom sweater, long knit cardigan, and tie front trousers – all a perfect color palette of sand and cream.
Delpozo: We can always rely on Josep Font to bring his unique, magical and couture-like aesthetic to New York Fashion Week. It’s always refreshing break from more conventional, contemporary brands and really, who doesn’t love getting lost in his fairy tale season after season? Structural, oversized blouses were paired with soft, pale trousers. An extra long and wide hand crocheted raffia scarf was tied off by a simple belt. A silk and tulle column dress ended in with velvet ruffles. Just dreamy.
Kaelen: A crisp white, pleated bell sleeved blouse? An elephant gray suede t-shirt dress? A chartreuse trench paired with sand colored trousers?? Kaelen Haworth, you get me.
Co: Perhaps it’s designers Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern’s LA lifestyle that brings such appealing ease and practicality to Co’s otherwise feminine and sophisticated collections. One thing is for certain, they sure have a knack for pushing boundaries – blouses were adorned with high, ruffled collars, white chiffon dresses were textured with devoré velvet and distinctive hats and sunglasses were collaborated on with milliner Filù and designer Jacques Marie Mage. So fresh!
Proenza Schouler: Nothing screams Latin flair more than ruffles, pom poms and feathers. But nobody has executed those elements with as much distinction and boldness than Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough did this season. We love the unique ways in which they exposed the shoulders, spring’s most fashionable body part. And the manner in which ruffles so skillfully cascaded along dresses and feathers were so artfully linked together to create a delicate mesh. Thoughtful and simply exquisite.
Libertine: Johnson Hartig’s joie de vivre is contagious. With jackets and coats emblazoned with Buddha and evil eye patches, dangling neon plastic chain links, embroidered forks wrapped in beaded strands of spaghetti, how can one not help but smile? It’s all so wildly absurd and yet, we find ourselves genuinely lusting after any of these wonderfully explosive pieces.
(images via Vogue.com)