Keeping up with the New York Fashion Week was an herculean task for me because of the tremendous number of designers that showcased their collections. I realized that the world of fashion was indeed large and insurmountable and to conquer it one most compete not just with indigenous designers but with designers from around the globe.
It is impossible to say which designer had the best collection as each tried its best to portray a certain theme, effortless style and clothes that are well suited to the season of spring. I saw prints taking on bolder colors and shapes, fanny packs (making a somewhat unwelcome comeback) and softer fabrics and structures than we saw with Fall/Winter 2014.
I have a few favorites though, based on personal style and preference and I start with American designer, and winner of Prject Runway’s 4th season, Christian Siriano.
I found his collection beautiful with softly structured yet elaborate shapes in aquamarine and white with blue accents in textured fabrics.
Next up is new York based Erin Fetherson bringing a calming effect with lots of white in plain, lace and sheer stripe fabrics and with pale floral prints.
Carolina Herrera spelt, modern flowery heaven for me with her delicately angular shapes set off by graphic floral designs.
My next choice is french label J. Mendel. It wasn’t the signature use of fur that caught my eye with this collection but the use of dark colours, mixing them with white and brights, for a less traditional take on clothing for spring and summers. The collection is the result of J. Mendel designer Gilles Mendel teaming up with artist Enoc Perez. Then there was the dark runway.
Ralph Lauren went monochrome in khaki for most of his collection and I particularly like the choice of army green and the contrast of dressy shapes and textures in such a utilitarian colour.
Last on my list of top five favorite collections is Donna Karan‘s collection of printed skirts, waist cinching belts and form fitting shapes. Very wearable.
Amongst my most disappointing shows of the week would have to be Marc by Marc Jacobs. Maybe its just me but I honestly did not get what they were going for creating clothes that channel plumber or engineer.
Another disappointment for me was Vera Wang. I think of Vera Wang and my mind pictures flowing gowns, soft silhouettes and definitely not the Victoria Secrets wannabe collection that was showcased.
Lagos Design and Fashion Week is coming up soon and I can’t wait to see who will make my list of favorites this year. I had fun keeping up with New York and can’t wait to have (ok, dream of ) a few choice pieces in my closet!