Pardon moi, as this post is slightly delayed due to an influx of homework and a lack of sleep.
Every season, I try to avoid playing favorites when it comes to fashion weeks(s), but alas I can't help myself. To much of my dismay, I found New York lacking in the overall "wow" factor this year. Of course, there is the classic showstoppers a la DVF, Oscar de la Renta, Alexander Wang, and so on... yet, as the industry packed up and schlepped on to London (my favorite of the core four), I was left pondering where is the excitement that runway used to have in New York?
Anyway, there is still a few silhouettes that made my heart swoon. Altuzzara gave us South of France chic with airy lingerie-inspired pieces paired with laced up linen shoes (guaranteed to be sold out when Summer comes along). Lady-like linen and cropped sweaters gave the Bardot look an updated feel with muted yellow handbags and the clothing did not lack in quintessential cool that Altuzzara oozes. Another favorite of mine was French brand, Lacoste. I'm a fan of Lacoste's minimal and bright take on sportswear that they continued for Spring/Summer. Olympic influences (as Lacoste is the official wear for the French team) are prevalent in the collection, especially as they are displayed in France's respective colors. One of the unique aspects of Baptista's looks were the fragmented national banners of fellow countries, that embellished the bold jumpsuits and jackets. Of course how ironic that my favorite is the head-to-toe navy, but alas never say never to bright red. The creative director ultimately wanted the collection to be about peace and diversity. Claps. The last collection that made me scroll back up on Instagram was Public School. There we are saw the return of the d-ring belt (it's like it never left us), and artful layers that create movement when just standing. Magical stuff, isn't? Blocky sandals kept the clothes youthful and playful without bordering into what I find the ridiculous category to be.
In a nutshell, the general trade of ladylike lengths paired with sporty counterparts was displayed in a new way at Lacoste, Public School, and others like A.L.C., Frame Denim, and Tibi. Lacoste receives gold stars for remembering to keep fashion fun and relevant with their Sporty Spice assembles... the France team will look maginfique. And it won't be a NYFW post without mentioning Givenchy. To put it best, the clothes are too beautiful for words.
We will regroup in the Spring once these collections hit stores, and ehem, Zara.