Now New York Fashion Week is over, and we’ve seen countless A/W collections, it would be impossible to talk about every collection I liked. So, I’ve chosen three favourites-Oscar de la Renta, Herve Leger, and Bagley Mishka.
Oscar de la Renta
“Today’s women don’t dress for seasons” – De la Renta explained the pale blue and pink that features in his collection.
The dresses had a very youthful look about them; not just the pastel
colours but the shapes and styles – short, girlie skirts that puffed out
with fitted tops, which were very reminiscent of prom dresses and very different from the classic looks Oscar usually exhibits.
Favourites included a gorgeous voluminous ball gown in pale blue,
with a dipped hem and dozens of layers of fabric and a beautiful pale pink dress
which had a narrower, sleeker silhouette, complete with embellishment
on the top- adding a little bit of detail while still keeping it simple.
While the collection had lots of hits, there were a couple of
misses. One pale pink ball gown looked like it had walked straight out
of a Disney film, looking more like a child’s costume party than
Other than the youthful collection, the designer has shown other
signs of appealing to a younger audience by utilising social media.
Attendees of the show were given details of #theboard – a mood board
online which anyone can contribute to – to help the designer with
inspiration for his next collection.
A clever move, to an audience that is more and more dependant of
social media, and moving into the growing world of image sharing, Oscar
has shown us he still knows how to appeal to the masses.
Herve Leger by Max Azaria
With the starting point of each Herve Leger
collection being the bandage dress, it is always a wonder what the
designer will do with it next. The autumn winter collection debuted on
the third day of New York Fashion Week; he described the collection as
“a study in seduction and restraint”.
The dresses peeked out from underneath leather harnesses, feeling
very equestrian-inspired. The leather also featured in gladiator style
boots coming up to the knee. The collection also included feather trims
and black leather python jackets.
All in all this was a tough, darker look contrasting with the feminine dresses.
The biggest changes from previous collections were the different
types of dresses included. Azaria has branched out and this season
featured variants in the body-con style he is famous for. Pleating,
which made skirts flip
out helped create a completely different silhouette. The prints also
were interesting; with stripes and jacquard print complimenting the
tough accessories well.
Badgley and Mischka channelled a 1930’s theme; very Hollywood, very
luxurious. It’s a change from the volume they usually put in their
collections, the dresses this time round were much leaner and longer.
The designers were inspired by the 1920’s German film “Metropolis”; and
the costumes the women wore in it.
Metallics were heavily used; with colours like bronze and gold, as
well as more classic black and navy. The accessories kept in with the
vintage theme, fur trims and stoles complimented the dresses. A more
modern twist was put on the classic looking dresses with cut-out
shoulders and arms, giving the models the impression of wearing long
gloves when it was in fact part of the dress.
The stand out dress of the show was a gold sequined number, complete with intricate chain draping on the shoulders and back.
Images taken from Style.com