Jen Kao’s collection started with a slowly evolving spotlight on the model. It lit up, allowing the magnificent headpiece to be seen. The headpiece, which looked as if it was created from paper, were translated into other pieces throughout the collection. It’s origami mask displayed a poetic essence that complimented the garments. Pastels and spicy colors such as mandarin and deep mustard yellow were used in the collection. Out of all the prints, distorted checkers seemed to be the most repetitive- in different ways. Besides having a wide array of prints, texture allowed this collection to be more powerful and eclectic.
Rochambeau was the first menswear presentation I have ever been to. My overall reaction to this collection was urban with a laid back edge to it. The dark greys and deep navy’s along with leather gave it a “cool” look, topped off with hats, vests and glasses. The exposure of the chest through various shirts layered with a blazer or a vest, kept an effortless look. Especially when the styling of some were worn with sandals. What I liked the most were the fit of the clothes. Not everything was tailored, which I like. Take a look at the pants- loose-fit, soft looking, and cropped.
One of my absolute favorites of last season and Lady Gaga favorite BROUGHT it on the runway, once again. There is nothing like dark colors, unstructured pieces and leather. The setting of the show was perfect, it almost reminded me of Theirry Mugler’s last show with Lady Gaga. My favorite piece is definetly the Alexander McQueen-esque short galaxy print cupcake dress, and every other piece!
This was worth the frustratingly long wait to get into the show. Floral prints and geometric patterns that are tastefully flirty softened the maturity and functionality of the collection. Although none of the pieces in this collection were particularly long or draped, they all flowed as if they were gowns–even the jackets and pants. In my opinion, this is one of the more overlooked aspects of the collection. Although Rebecca Taylor often incorporates floral prints into her collections, worth mentioning is the Japanese aesthetic seen in a few of the pieces. A few of the looks were a bit uncharacteristically flashy, but damage control was insured by the consistency of the looks that I felt were her style. Two of the most memorable looks to me were a kimono-like lace dress and a blue windbreaker.
Neon, citrus, highlights… in different patterns and combination made it down the runway at Nanette Lepore. The palette was used in a youthful approach. The vibrant colors were seen in garments that could be worn anytime during the day (or night). Pastel lace patterns were more noticeable due to the use of bright citrus fabric below it. Take note on the mandarin orange with baby blue lace on top! Electric colors covered the models from head to toe, including the accessories and the shoes.
As I read the description from the show, many words such as grandma-this, grandma that were listed all over the page. Already, I thought of garments that were not exactly “sexy”. But when I saw the models walking down the runway, the clothes displayed an effortless look. This is evident from the “loose” tailoring along with the vintage prints. The accessories such as the thin leather belts, leather straps from the shoes, and bags- contributed to the downtown meets brooklyn girls look.
We head over to Milk Studios to attend the Nahm presentation. There was a ton of Twitter buzz surrounding it, so we were very excited! The looks were classic. Polished clean faces, with a top bun matches perfectly with the cute collars that donned every dress. This collection screams “lolita” I love the cuts!
Uneven stripes, Graphic circles, jolly florals, and googly-eyes were printed over the muted color palette seen at Libertine. Designer Johnson Hartig used the process of screen-printing as a technique to compliment the garments. Repetitive prints in different methods made this look youthful and playful,yet the exquisite tailoring is still obvious. The application of the patterns, being bold and striking, makes this collection very appealing to look at.
Gemma Kahng’s presentation felt like a photoshoot. The models were approachable and ready to pose on command. Later the collection was placed on a rolling rack for everyone to touch and observe. The style gave a modern Victorian doll feel, a more elegant touch on the harashuku baby doll. One could appreciate the contemporary take on the corset, merdici collar, and bustle skirt. Some of the pieces seemed to have elements of Victorian underwear turned into trendy outerwear such as as the long petticoat, pettipants, and lace fabric.