Proenza Schouler comes up with 1930's trends in its latest Spring-Summer collection of women's ready to wear looks. Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez offer us crop tops, loose trousers, cotton crepe jackets, coats embroidered with a dense silk pile, Eastern aesthetic–long tunics, cotton crepe pantsuits, branches and trees silhouette print silk crepe dresses. Designers were inspired by the furniture designers and artists—Sergio Rodrigues, Robert Ryman, and Piero Manzoni and late Sixties movement based on simplicity and nature. The color palette features earthy shades including navy, cream, yellow and clay. Proenza Schouler's woman loves traveling from New York to London to Tokyo and she knows how to stay cool and edgy.
Victoria Beckham presented her latest spring-summer collection's runway show during New York Fashion Week, which was focused on the mix of feminine and boyish style. Designer's main theme for the next season is shape. Models appeared in full, cropped trousers, midi-skirts, body-conscious harness dresses, boxy tunics, rounded jackets, A-line tunics, curving skirts. Her creations are graphic, boyish, boxy and sporty with black, white, icy gray, fuchsia and brick red.
Michael Kors shares with us his new spring-summer collection of women's garments which were showcased during New York Fashion Week. That's a mix of urban, romantic and sportive pieces. It looks like Kors woman is really ready for the next hot season, as we see here cool beachwear designs, wide-leg pants, menswear inspired shirts, linen dresses, floral print dresses, blue skirts and tops, camel hue tops, stripe button-downs, khaki skirts, mohair cardigans, suede coats, full-skirted floral dresses, leather belts, smart brown pleated dresses. Lots of the showcased pieces can work for a party, as well as for office wear. It looks like sharp tailored looks meet fluidity and softness. There is a touch of 1940's and 1970's, as lots of looks come with a retro influence.
Edgy, Sophisticated and Modern. Young designer Sally LaPointe’s autumn-winter lineup which was showcased during New York Fashion Week seems to be her best one yet. She balanced between edgy and chic pieces, offering goth opulence and 1980's style shadowy palette and intricate construction. As Sally pointed: "It's very dark and sophisticated and reflective." I really felt in love with her creations, just take a closer look at these suede and patent leather coats in camel and creme ombre, skater dresses, oversize mohair sweaters in black and white prints, silk and suede separates and those black croc-paneled dresses.
Ruched, Layered and Oversize. Carin Rodebjer behind fashion brand Rodebjer was inspired by her harsh winters during childhood on the Swedish island of Gotland in her latest Autumn-Winter collection. In Scandinavia Rodebjer is considered to be an established brand, yet Carin has just moved in New York a year ago, that's why she has to make an impact to American market.
I hope she will become Swedish blockbuster brand (as Acne). Anyway, let's get back to her collection, which has notes of her Swedish roots. Carin focused on textures and conventional silhouettes, I like how she played with primeval forests, as her creations appeared like fairy-tale pieces. Models appeared in pink silk organza blouses, highlights—tulip-shaped pants, hand-knitted wool vests and pullovers, cozy sheepskin jackets, slouchy gray wool suits, love curled jackets, scarves and capes. Lambswool and sheepskin creations are so must have.
Fairy Tale Hot Riding Hood. Please welcome Valentino’s younger line, Red Valentino Autumn-Winter collection. Creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were inspired by the Brothers Grimm's “Hansel and Gretel,” creating youthful lineup of charming, folkloric and whimsical looks with modern touch. Model poses in knit dresses with floral embroideries, little black dresses trimmed with sweet floral grosgrain ribbon, menswear-inspired plaids and houndstooth, knit corsets, full skirts and my favorite cropped leather toggle coats.
Wanderlust. Ralph Lauren showcased dramatic romance of Russia and France in his latest Autumn-Winter womenswear collection. Daywear looks came with naval motifs hello-chic-sailor and Jean Valjean. Models appeared in lovely fluid dresses, A-line midi skirts, snappy peacoats, deep burgundy and navy Cossack pants, full-skirted bordeaux georgette and tulle gowns, poetic shirts with billowing sleeves, jewel-tone shirred taffeta gowns, fitted fisherman sweaters, silk velvet column dresses, silk and leather sleeveless black dresses, black crepe tailcoats, sailor pants and cream wool toggle jackets.
Back home to Santa Cruz. Designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy presented women's ready to wear Fall-Winter collection which was inspired by their hometown, which is epicenter for surf and skate culture. Here you will find a real evolution from chic street to high boardwalk, as models appeared in luxe oversize suede trench coats which were worn over tight bodysuits and black low cropped pants, some walked down the catwalk in silk jumpsuits with sheer tulle. My favorites are wispy one-shouldered chiffon dresses, striped alpaca sweaters with studded crystals, crochet sweater dresses, bodysuits and low-slung pants. Here you will notice tie-dye for evening events in fluid, colorful silk gowns with prints, tie-dye skirts with crimson, rose-embroidered tulle. The late 1980's played one of the leading roles in these youthful creations.
Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko behind Raleigh fashion brand presented new Autumn-Winter womenswear collection which expanded from just denim looks into complete season's closet's garments. New season offers denim sportswear basics, easy-going separates, traditional heavy outerwear. My favorites are workwear inspired canvas jackets, structured peacoats, Eisenhower jacket, deconstructed slim-fitting blazers, waffled cashmere sweaters, prim pleated skirts, tailored sports jackets, cropped vests, pencil cut pants, wool moto jackets and slim-cut wax jeans. Love collection's moody color palette of grey, burgundy, monochromatic blues, black. All in all, it's a great mix of classic silhouettes and modern proportions.
17th and 18-th Century Art. Rachel Roy showcased refined opulence in her new Autumn-Winter womenswear collection, where she took ornate details from 17th- and 18th-century art and transferred them to her creations, which featured tactile fabrics and decorative embroideries. Models appeared in brocade velour pencil skirts, white knit sweaters, white leather T-shirts, paisley like jacquard pencil skirts, slim stretch macramé trousers, embroidered bomber jackets and lace-up stiletto boots.