We have looked at more than 200 shows online in the last nine days, and we are happy that it's the first year we haven't gotten absolutely overwhelmed or left behind. As years go by, we try to immerse ourselves further into the country's biggest trade show, and we feel we accomplished our goal from last year: improve fashion week coverage.
We'll be attempting to keep our coverage in London, Milan and Paris because we just have to talk about Erdem, Marni and Carven. Also, we can't miss the Hedi Slimane's debut for YSL.
In the meantime, here's what we most enjoyed from New York's last day:
The models were part mermaid and part (another) mythical creature. The re-imagined tiaras and fancy goggles were enough of a clue as to what the collection held. Soft blues, fishy prints and seams that looked like waves also played up the ocean theme. Mostly it was on the playful side, but Giulietta had a bit of romance in it with blue lace coats.
Things were big at Cynthia Rowley. The hair, the loose fit of most of the items and the voluminous peplum. Though that sounds like a recipe for grandeur, it actually had a fairly relaxed vibe. T-shirt dresses, tops with long slits down the sides, which revealed the piece worn underneath, and matching sweater-and-shorts set all looked effortless. Rowley was inspired by the old building, located on 5 Beekman St., where the show took place. She took pictures of the peeling paper and even used it as part of her prints.
With it's almost exclusive use of feminine details--silk, floral prints and lace--Brood's spring collection is not saccharine. Different floral patterns were mixed together, and resembled the floor the models walked on. The bright colors and body-hugging silhouettes made for a much edgier collection.