Day 2 - Nerves Running High
I am sure the athmosphere would have been extremely tense as it was the 10th anniversary of 9/11 (the only time ten years ago when Fashion week was ever cancelled, or so I believe?) So to the designers who had this day to show and tell... here are my faves...
Although sticking to his classic style this collection was evidently inspired by pop art with its electrified embroidary and a mixture of spangles including beady bits, pearls and an array of sequins. I was happy to see a rainbow of colour but more in love with the bright pinks on display. This was clearly a collection for those "out-there-and-oh-so-modern" folks. Although it was major risk playing with proportions for spring it seemed to work well. And even more of a surprise - I actually liked the use of perlums they seemed to work well with his overall vision for the collection. I can see how this collection may trickle to the High Street.
My Favourite Look: The evening with a contemporary twist - a photo-negative digital print T-shirt with a black silk skirt offset on the hips with a feathered peplum. It was odd but cool! Also who could miss the pink nylon trench coat... no me neither!
This collection was certainly sleek, was worried it might be a bit boring with the opening look of a manly looking white tee and weird skinny trousers but it all turned around pretty quickly. Soon the models started to look like zebras running in a sunset... well those are the images you expect when using zebra print and yellow, surely? I loved the floral prints especially the blue floral top which we know you'll be able to find in Primark in a month or two.
My Favourite Look: The showstopping strapless bright PINK gown. It really just showed how simplictity (if it is well done) can be amazing! Also I loved the high slit and I have never been a fan before!
Day 3 - Hippy Power
It seemed like New York had been hit by a hundred weddings with thousands of flowers being sprinkled simultaneously as Day 3 went ahead with flower power prints and the real deal scattered on runways!
Well last year he won the Council of Fashion Designers of America award for emerging talent which is why I was very interested to see what he did with this collection. After all he had been set up to fall but actually he managed to live up to the hype surrounding him. I loved the collection. It seemed somewhat futuristic with a space age circle mini skirt - but if you are considered a designer who will create fashion of the future you can afford to be more adventurous! However, I was actually pretty surprised to see leather especially as a fabric for sportswear! but you have to hand it to Gurung he is a master of detail!
My Favourite Look: The dominatrix-inspired white crepe(?) dress that had black ties on the sides and an updated corset.
The collection seemed like an early 1960's resort look with soft feminine sherbert tones and comfy looking shapes. Obviously adding the Stuart twist we had a few palm trees and bird motifs thrown in just in case we didn't get the concept! haha! It is strange how Stuart has moved so swiftly from that rocker look she was known for to a modern day 60's icon inspired show. To some degree it felt like the collection was old, not just because it was inspired by times past- but more a case of having already seen drop-waist shifts, culottes and inverted-pleat skirts in the High Street in the last few months.
My Favourite Look: The mini romper/playsuit that was so well executed it really could have passed for a mini shift dress if you hadn't looked carefully!