Eight full days of runways, designers, and fashion at its finest. Each day consisted of well-known designers who got the opportunity to reveal their new Spring/Summer 2016 collections. From the dark edgy colors to the bright bold patterns, the designers who were present during this year’s NYFW have truly made their marks on us fashion enthusiasts. New collections included Betsey Johnson, Rebecca Minkoff, Phillip Lim, Desigual, Michael Kors and many more.
Countless individuals admired the designers’ and their collections. The New York City streets were more packed than usual (If you can even imagine that). Flashing cameras, shouting of names, bustling streets—all there to get a glimpse of what was occurring at the organized venues. Considering there were over three shows per day throughout the week, it must be exhausting to keep up with your favorite designers and what they presented. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered on some of the most unforgettable shows during NYFW 2015.
Of course Day 1 of Fashion Week is the most hectic. Everyone is running around getting from place to place to see the shows, while an anxious excitement fills the air. Who’s going to captivate the crowd on the first day? Designers of TOME, Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin created an alluring collection that was inspired by artist Fiona Hall and photographer Roxanne Lowit. This particular collection left fashion admirers head over heels for TOME’s womenswear collection, which represented feminine eveningwear that actually exposed more skin than their usual clothing line.
Silk gowns, ruffles, off the shoulders, and stripes—all designed intricately throughout the entire runway. According to Lobo, this collection is seemingly whimsical and fun. We adore this line because of its ability to keep fashion creative and fun by drawing inspiration from the ‘70s and the ‘80s along with photography. Fashion doesn’t always have to be taken seriously, and that’s what Lobo and Martin did with this collection—they made it lively and vibrant.
A pivotal moment occurred on Day 4, when designer Prabal Gurung presented his new Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Gurung said he drew inspiration from a certain memory of visiting the peaceful monastery near his childhood home. By utilizing that specific memory, he had monks coming out on stage prior to the models and had them chanting a traditional prayer while everyone remained silent. The models begin to walk down the runway in elegant and chic designs, all impeccably altered. Radiant colors of orange, yellow, and red, popped against the staple black and white pieces.
The models were draped in beautiful pieces like silk chiffon gowns, knitted sweaters, and fluttery halters. Gurung dedicated this collection to his home country, Nepal by incorporating several vibrant pieces that signify light and hope. The collection was nothing short of brilliant from a designer who isn’t afraid to lighten things up by combining simplicity with complexity.
On September 15, the remarkable Vera Wang put together a show that was jaw-dropping and bold. Wang’s artistic vision differs from most designers because she envisions her high-end designs for casual lifestyles. She inspired by the idea of a woman who lives a professional life, filled with tailored suits and everyone expects her to dress of normality. But instead, this woman dares to show a different side and in a “fantasy life she becomes something else”, says Wang. The line demonstrates women’s power to not always stick to the status quo and push the limits. The pieces included sleeveless cropped tops and bandeaus underneath mesh button-ups. From striking colors like black and white to a beautiful shade of red that symbolizes confidence.
The models walking down the runway were draped in dresses that were loosely fitted but also tailored in a way to see their figure. And that’s the beauty of it all. Wang’s line encourages women to “let loose every once in a while,” by showing some skin underneath all the “business-like clothes”. The line is clothing for a woman who doesn’t want to be constantly regulated by professional business life. Now we all know we should never underestimate Vera Wang’s capability. She is definitely not just a bridal designer—she has much more to offer the fashion industry.
Rounding off our fashion week favorites is a designer that swept us off our feet by creating a Hollywood vibe for his runway. Marc Jacobs set up the runway like an old cinema with a red carpet as the runway—but instead of an actual movie run through, it turns out to be models strutting the runway in his new Spring/Summer 2016 collection. The color scheme consists of patriotic colors such as red, white, and blue. Models wearing varsity jackets, sequins, and beautifully detailed gowns stormed the runway.
A game changing moment occurred when plus-size model Beth Ditto walked down the runway with an off-the-shoulder, sequined, slit gown. Ditto has the ability to combine full-figure and fashion. Jacobs included her in the show to demonstrate self-confidence. The idea of having her as one of the models portrays positive body image for females everywhere. Jacobs’ collection turned out to be exceptionally unique and will definitely be one of the stand out shows during NYFW 2015.
That’s it! All eight days in New York, completely filled with fashion and culture.
All the designers got a chance to make their debut at this year’s New York Fashion Week, presenting their intriguing collections. Each designer drew different emotions from the crowds and did a wonderful job with their collections. Which were your favorite runway shows? Who were your favorite designers? Let us know!
By: The Dia Diaries Fashion Contributor, Tiffany Tran
Chandia Brennen is a Certified Image Consultant and CEO of ItsGood2bME Fashion Consulting and Image Management based in Los Angeles CA, Chandia has been in the Fashion industry for over four years. She has worked for dozens of publications and holds the title of Senior Fashion Editor in both LA and NY. Chandia is a fashion scout for a Design Agency in NY and Brand Ambassador for HairEverywhere Luxury.