Day 7 – the penultimate day in New York’s Fashion Week would signal the time to start feeling fashion fatigue, but not for us. The hits that keep on coming from the likes of Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta and Proenza Schouler as they continue to amaze us and keep it fresh.
Continuing her trend toward a modern edginess, Tory Burch offered up laser-cut leather pieces to temper her brand of uptown chic. Michael Kors offered a new, futuristic vibe dressing his women in slashed and clear, perspex paneled shifts, architectural shapes and bleach splattered prints. Nanette Lepore’s collection for spring was all about bright color – orange, yellow, pink and blue – used to create easy, casual pieces. Offering up a love letter to her Thai homeland, Koi Suwannagate used fabrics from her native country in some really beautiful hues of green, blue and pink. Safari suits and a longer silhouette for day dresses were new at Oscar de la Renta, while his social “ladies” will love the show-stopping gowns he does best. Rather than a theme-y collection, Phillip Lim presented pieces that he knows his customer will want, including a new trouser suit in a racy red that’s machine washable. Milly’s Michelle Smith constructed her entire collection around the color black decorated with her new (and great looking) collection of jewelry.
Interjecting a new bit of happiness to his collection, Peter Som wanted his clothes to shine with just about every piece getting a little sparkle and bling. Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig moved away from sculpting their usual roses and this season worked to create stunning irises and lily shapes out of fabric in an artisanal, three-dimensional way. Full of bright colors (including a really vivid green) and happy prints, Anna Sui showed an optimistic collection of mainly short frocks on models that were smiling(?!?). Doo.Ri Chung’s love of draped matte jersey was evident in her collection that dripped with chains – from the necks, across the chests, on the legs and even on the shoes (which were some of the best shoes all week). Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez somehow made hippie tie-dye look super luxe in really well-designed, posh little shifts.