Runway Rundown: NYFW S/S ’15

New York Fashion Week is a whirlwind affair, and the Spring/Summer 2015 collections have already come and gone in a New York minute. Hundreds of looks paraded down runways across the city, and now we’ve compiled the best of the best for you, our favorite shows as well as what looks to keep your eyes peeled for come spring.

Alexander Wang

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Sneakers have been a hot trend for a couple seasons now but no one has done it quite like Alexander Wang just has. Specifically, because there wasn’t a single sneaker to be seen throughout the collection. Wang instead interpreted the sporty shoe into his clothing, whether it be the knit mini-dresses, the mesh and leather panels on dresses and jackets, or even the details on the pockets of his sleek cigarette pants. And while the sneaker itself doesn’t scream sexy (at all), this collection coupled it’s athletic flare with equal amounts of sex appeal, all while maintaining Alexander Wang’s status as the king of downtown cool.

Altuzarra

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Joseph Altuzarra is the reigning CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year, and fashion’s current golden boy didn’t disappoint with his latest collection. Altuzarra always finds a way to invigorate his work with a certain effortless sexiness, and from the gingham dresses to his finale gowns he didn’t disappoint. There were deep necklines which sometimes almost reached down to the midriff (scandalous much?), and slits which crept precariously high on the leg, yet the outfits still seemed innocent… to a degree. The closing gowns were indeed showstoppers as they wafted down the runway, the designer described them as “deflated ball gowns”. Despite the intricate patterns and their embroidery they seemed almost weightless, and there was certainly nothing deflated about their impact.

Jason Wu

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Jason Wu is on the up and up (which seems hard to do after dressing the first lady — multiple times). He’s now taken the reigns of Boss womenswear and secured a serious investment for his own brand. As the Jason Wu brand seems more grown up than ever, this collection was perfectly timed. The feminine beauty Wu is known for was here in full force, with a very refined yet easy going twist for spring. Breezy dresses, tops, pants, and you name it floated down the runway. Some surprising fabric choices amped up the show with the likes of his suede dresses and the beaded numbers that popped up at the finish of the show. The show was refreshing in it’s simplicity amongst the mad buzz and blur of excess that otherwise shrouds fashion week.

Proenza Schouler

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When you say “schoolgirl” this is not the look most people would think of (i.e. no plaid minis and knee socks).But the guys behind Proenza Schouler have worked their magic again and transformed an Americana inspiration into perhaps the coolest collection of the week. There was a bit of everything like the almost sporty knits, button up shirts, leather galore, and plaid blazers that somehow managed not to scream “grandpa”. While bright orange perforated leather or a python coat may not be your typical schoolgirl uniform, it worked. It was daring, creative, and innovative, that’s what Proenza Schouler’s all about. The finale dresses were all fringed, though the best piece to close the show was probably the deconstructed argyle sweater — yup an argyle sweater that’s somehow sexy (sounds impossible right? i’ll take one in every color).

Marc Jacobs

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Spring is the season for bright colors, and Marc Jacobs showed that… but not in his clothes. His runway was set in front of a giant pink house, with matching runway of course. The clothes however were utilitarian and neutral, yet still some of the best fashion all week. Pockets were a key for Jacobs this season, pockets bigger than most runway attendees’ clutches were attached to the sides of pants, shirts, and skirts — anywhere and everywhere really. But utilitarian doesn’t mean drab. These fashion fatigues showed no sign of real fatigue whatsoever. There was shine, sheer, embellishment, and plenty of good design that spiced these looks up, building the ranks of the most fashionable army we’ve ever seen.

So that’s a wrap on New York Fashion Week this season, it was a blur of a week. Though the amount of looks that walked the runway seemed endless, we’re already starting to see some key trends pop up. Whether it’s the high slits we saw at both Jason Wu and Altuzarra, the sportswear trend which was everywhere with Alexander Wang clearly leading the pack, or some solid American inspiration with the likes of Proenza style and Marc Jacobs. What did you love from this fashion week, and what trends will you be rocking come spring? Let us know, and we’ll see you again soon with the latest from London!

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