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Best of NYFW

Best of NYFW

Out of the core four of fashion month, New York has always been a runner up to my all-time favorite: London-town. Except, things shifted for the better this season. I was pleasantly surprised to see many designers revert to a classic route with a collegiate feel and a nod to the rock and roll scene of the 70s. I happen to determine my winners of the season but what watches by on social media. So without further ado, the results are in. 

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South of France meets South America

If my adoration for all things French could not be proclaimed enough, enter long-time favorite Vanessa Bruno. Her infamous sequin tote took over the street of Europe back in 2011, and entered  my wardrobe as well. Ever since those days, I've been lusting over every piece that is shown during Paris Fashion Week, or on Net-A-Porter if we are being serious here. 

Bruno's latest collection emphasizes the colours and patterns of South-American whilst still maintaining the tried & true relaxed style she has mastered. The collection is about anything and everything that you'd want to pack for your next summer holiday to the South of France or the tropics. Bruno, in fact, whilst designing wanted each piece to be packable without sacrificing style. 

Parisian flair was reinforced with grosgrain detailing and laced crochet necklines. It was quite refreshing to see a Spring line that wasn't minimalist or overly norm-core. Floaty dresses in navy pair easy with magenta sandals and bucket bags were embellished with embroidery. Vibrant turquoise jewelry and raffia sandals instantly allowed us to enter vacation mode, but no doubt, can still be applied to city sidewalks. Once again, Bruno delivers an effortless collection with plenty of charm and off the chart chicness that you'll be seeing around Le Club 55 come June.

 

NYFW SS 2016 | BEST OF

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. 

Fresh Breath from Ganni

Season after season, I'm always giddy  during the time of Copenhagen Fashion Week. I've professed my love for Scandi designers in the past, especially Ganni. For Spring '16, Ganni shows a more relaxed vibe than some of their past collections. This season was inspired by Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet and the youthful vibrant energy displayed in the classic revival's cinematography. 

The collection focuses on unique shapes and color combinations whilst still feeling clean and simplistic. With minimalism taking over everything from the runway to our social media feeds, it becomes repetitive and boring. Praise to Ganni brings a much needed change of pace. 

Superbowl a la Tommy

Yesterday's most talked about show was no doubt, Tommy Hilfiger. His Fall 2015 collection, which also doubles as the 30th anniversary of the powerhouse, was an ode to Hilfiger's All-American, iconic brand. With what else other than football and the country's expressive period of the 70s? The runway turned stadium was the perfect setting to the old-school prep attire that was mixed with nouveau Letterman jackets, toggle-coats, and rich knits colored cognac and camel that resulted in a unique and relevant nod to the 70s-prep of Ivy League Friday night lights. 

The models (which included an impressive team of Gigi, Jourdan, Liu, and co.) sported Ali McGraw inspired hair and makeup which added a California touch to the collection. As the collection was inspired by America's favorite pastime, the football lace-up booties are sure to become the next "It" thing. 

Tommy's (field) goal for the collection was to take something from the past and apply it to what works in fashion today. In this case, we see who the new QB is. 

Gimme Ganni

Ganni Pre-Fall 2015

Sub-zero temperatures have hounded the Northeast, and god forbid that if I leave my house with a plethora of layers, I might freeze up like Jack Frost. The idea of simply purchasing clothing for Spring and Summer not only fulfills my hope that warmer weather is near, but also satisfies my sartorial needs.

With bathing suits and linen on my mind, the last thing I'm thinking about is adding another coat to my collection let alone wearing one. But then, the Ganni show during Copenhagen Fashion Week rolls around and I'm weak at the knees, baby.

The Scandi-land favorite knows how to take a girly vibe, and morph it into something crisp and cool. Cobalt blue leather jackets and plaid blanket capes is making me rethink my neutralized mindset, and romantic florals that would give any fairytale princess meets British countryside chick look a run for their money. A 70s influence was of course present at Ganni. The trend from Spring 2015 is still has oil in its engine, so you must take a note from the best of the best (i.e. Ganni) and pull tried and true inspiration from the originals (i.e. Bianca Jagger)

Shop the latest Ganni here.