New York Fashion Week officially kicked of Thursday, and with that came a lot of chances to be blown away by the new spring styles.
Here's where we stand:
BCBG Max Azria
Despite the delicate lace and pretty floral patterns, there's something bad girl-esque about this collection. This isn't something one might come to expect in a show that primarily featured the color white, but the leather harnesses were the true stars. Everything surrounded it, and pieces seem to have been built around it. Luckily, it didn't become a crutch. Even without the harnesses, these dresses are interesting.
From the location of the presentation to the clothing, Lisa Perry was smartly done. With the models standing in front of a white background, there's nothing to distract from the clothes, and then Perry delivers an explosion of colors. It's the ultimate lesson in color blocking.
The pretty, ladylike clothes that was marched down the runway didn't feel unfamiliar from past seasons, but that's the way we like our Honor. The color palette was more on the tame side, but the prints were not. Essentially, that pairing was the right way to keep that romantic feel the brand favors and to add what will avoid it being just another pretty collection.
Kayne knows that not everything needs to be a knockout piece, so there are plenty of basics, such as blue button downs, chunky cardigans and high waisted, pinstriped shorts. It also adds Aztec prints and a shirt-and-pant combination with stripes of varying widths for that in-your-face fashion. This is how to effortlessly blend bold pieces with classic ones.
The black-and-white theme is easily distinguishable in this collection. Those two colors make up the majority of the collection, with yellow being the third color that makes a casual appearance. And it might not even have been needed. The ever changing dynamic of the black and white, the many choices in cuts--it goes from asymmetrical to baggy to simple and sophisticated--shows that the range of the collection lies in the details.