We’re over half way through New York fashion week and there have been some outstanding shows! Here are our favourites so far.
The Saint Laurent show was revealed at the Palladium in Los Angeles, prior to Fashion Week. The collection, designed by Hedi Slimane, was very rock and roll, with androgynous looks running throughout. The Colour palette consisted of black, red, gold and animal prints. Leathers and furs played a big part this season. It also features strong-shouldered jackets and showed a revival of the cape.
The womenswear collection was packed with midi dresses, culottes and caftans, long boots in maroon velvet and gold snakeskin. Double-breasted coats went over evening gowns. Thick leather belts were a reoccurring accessory, cinching in the waist.
The Menswear collection was filled with slim silhouettes, three-piece suits the likes of David Bowie and Mick Jagger would be proud of. The shirts and jackets, where inspired by western fashion, and there was a lot of leather motorcycle jackets. Fedoras were worn by many to complete the look.
Wang’s show brought about a bit of controversy – it was held at St Bartholomew’s church in New York, a place of worship and purity. But this image was quickly juxtaposed by the garments Alexander’s garments, staying true to his edgy urban streetwear style. Models strutted down the runway to Punk music, wearing mainly in black, with lots of studs and metallic details.
Mohair jumpers and beanies featured heavily throughout, some with prints of pole dancers, and Coats marijuana leaf prints! Women wore completely Sheer Lace t-shirts, except for censor bars with strict and tender on them, covering the chest. Make up was very minimalistic, nodding to the 90s heroin chic look.
The British designer showed us her ability to create silhouettes and subtle asymmetry in her collection of dresses and coats. The colours were quite dark, with navy blues, greens, black and a deep orange. Midi length skirts were a favourite, alongside asymmetric hems and oversized jackets. The coats also stood out, from fringed blanket styles to mannish overcoats in heritage tweed and punctuated with oversized buttons. All models wore buckled shoes or boots, giving a professional look.
Fenty Puma by Rihanna
Bajan beauty Rihanna swapped the microphone for the runway, as she collaborated with Puma for her men and womenswear collection. A mix of fashion and lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories. The runway in 23 Wall Street was surrounded by trees, creating what set designer, Stefan Beckman, called ‘The Black-and-White Forest’.
The collection was inspired by Japanese street culture, with hooded crop tops, oversized sweaters, transparent tops and velvet floor-length dresses which were decorated with Japanese symbols. There was a gothic theme running throughout the collection, with tracksuits in either black or white. The models were accessorised with chokers, crosses and rosary beads, completing the gothic look.
Lace detailing gave high waisted pants an athletic look to them and Riri reinvented the Puma running shoe, turning them into lace up thigh boots.
“I just wanted things to reflect me, what was on my mind, how I feel and what I want to wear right now”
– Rihanna for The New York Times
Yeezy season 3
The third highly anticipated Yeezy and Adidas autumn/winter 2016 show took place at Madison Square Garden. The flesh colour palette was still prominent, but this time around, Kanye added splashes of burgundy, orange and yellow, creating a feel. And Of course, spandex body suits, knee-highs and oversized coats were all in the collection.
1200 predominantly black models in alliance with black history month. Top models, Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek and Veronica Webb and also stood in the Yeezy army. During the show, a few of the models raised black power fists.
Kanye combined fashion and music as the show was also the unveiling of his soon to be released album ‘The life of Pablo’, which he played for 20,000 people. During the 90 minutes of music, the models had to stand almost completely still!
With the likes of Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein still to be seen, we can be sure that there will be many more fashion highlights.
Which collections have been your favourite?
Text: Afua Aidoo
Photographs: LA Times, The New York Times, Getty images, Vogue, Huffington Post