Altuzarra (left) and Calvin Klein Collection (right)
I haven’t been to New York fashion week in years and now I know why! This season the city seems to be in a fashion funk. While New York is usually a great place to spot the season’s coming trends (so far we’ve seen pastels, fringe and plenty of 1990s references) there were more disappointments than highs, especially with the Marc Jacobs and Zero Maria Cornejo collections.
Here are my top picks of the week.
Joseph Altuzarra really knows how to make a sexy skirt, and this season he threw in some gorgeous striped blouses worn open to the navel. His is an embellishment guy and this time he added sexy fringes (my favourite interpretation was the tiered leather dress) and liquid metallic fabrics that clung to the body.
It took me a while to get my head around the Calvin Klein collection because it was quite different for Francisco Costa, who just celebrated 10 years at the house. That being said there was something alluring in the new details from the exposed seams/extra fabric panels to the patchwork dresses and colourful threads.
Narcisco Rodriguez (left) and Proenza Schouler (right)
Skirts were also Narcisco’s forte – his included mini leather wraparounds that exposed sexy shorts underneath or that came covered in long sheer fabric. Innovative fabrics were key here including a cool bonded lace. Then of course you have his signature slipdresses which were sensual but understated.
Proenza Schouler have made a name for themselves thanks to their innovative fabrics and textures and that continued this season. Unfortunately I didn’t see it in person but favourites included the separates printed with black and white tree branches and the jackets and skirts that featured outlines that looked like they were drawn on in chalk.
Michael Kors (left) and Victoria Beckham (right)
I’m not usually a fan of Michael Kors’ all-American luxe look but his spring collection was a breath of fresh air. 1940s style dresses came with a modern floral print (which also appeared on sexy yet casual evening dresses with ruching around the bodice). Everything seemed easy and elegant. I could easily see fashionistas in looks like the cropped sweater paired with a python skater skirt.
Women everywhere covet a Victoria Beckham dress but this season she proved she has more in her repertoire. New silhouettes included rounded jackets and diagonal ruffled hems. Sporty triangles decorated tops and brought to mind Issey Miyake’s famous Bao Bao bags. As for the must-have dress? A sexy grey style with criss cross straps around the neck and a contrasting white belt.