NYFW Spring/Summer 2018

While some believe that bi annual runways shows have gotten boring and repetitive, New York designers showed that there is plenty of innovation to go around. The spring collections I had a chance to look at were some of the best I have seen so far.

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Noon by Noor was light, functional, easy and tasteful.  The juxtaposition of masculine form and feminine silhouettes was refreshing from the androgynous shape that has been   the popular style of late.

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Creatures of Comfort runway was also light, minimal and feminine. These styles had me dreaming of summer days and the autumnal equinox technically hasn’t even started yet!

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Claudia Li presented her debut collection saying, “it’s about exploring new things and new possibilities.” Very sleek designs and construction in a tasteful palette, these were a hit from fashion week.

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Chic bohemia inspired the latest installment at Tory Burch. I love that these styles hold their feminine shape in elongated lines and bright pattern.

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Another line that shouted bohemian was Anna Sui. This collection had a variety of colors and kaleidoscope patterns that were a little difficult to follow through the presentation, but there were plenty of muted tones interspersed to catch your breath.

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Coach paid homage to Keith Haring this season, which I enjoyed in addition to the many metallics that were played with throughout the show.

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The vintage silhouettes and effortless patterns from Derek Lam were so much fun. I particularly appreciated the drawstring details for those athleisure fans. (Aka me.)

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The Jason Wu runway was held at the Fulton Market Building, where square concrete urns filled with flowers created a great backdrop to a mix of light pink stripes and floral patterns as well as utilitarian style dresses and strappy tops.

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Lela Rose Bridal has such a beautiful collection. Flower appliqués, fur collared capes, crystal embroidery and a pantsuit from the collection were so sleek.

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High necklines, exposed shoulders and fun delicate prints were everywhere at Vivienne Tam. These looks don’t want to wait for next spring!

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Vibrant sportswear and separates complete with glittery shoes channeled Victoria Beckham’s powerful, minimal and chic style.

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Brandon Maxwell’s vibrant hues and irresistible fluidity captured my attention and held it through day wear and evening gowns. Maxwell didn’t miss a beat on this runway.

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Including Oscar’s signature, graphics, splatter paint and other art elements, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia created a charming and fun collection that was sublime.

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Summer white dominated at Zimmermann. Subtle and romantic, these style can be lived in for the whole summer season.

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Carolina Herrera held her runway at MOMA, the first designer to do so. She said fashion is art in motion when asked about the venue choice. She shared a collection full of warm colors, rainbow dots, delicate pom pom details and even sequins, but kept them glamorous as only Carolina can do.

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Michael Kors had an attractive line up for spring in a dreamy color palette, elevated tie dye pattern and breezy layers. Models even walked on a boardwalk and wore leis, whisking viewers away to summertime at the beach. The line also included his signature neutrals that balanced out the pastels, but even those more sophisticated looks were dressed down with a half tuck and/or chunky sandals or flip flops.

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Badgley Mischka said this season was inspired by Capri. Amazing shades of Coral, precise embroidery and light appliqués were charming.

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Christian Soriano’s runway started off with a pattern I did not like at all, but quickly regained force with that bright turquoise color and full skirts I would love to twirl around in.

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The aesthetic at Ralph Lauren was oozing luxury complete with rows of luxury label cars. It surprisingly didn’t feel over the top though as the runway was just as refined. Many pieces looked almost like liquid as they moved. There was a specific gray/black color palette for most of the line, but bright pops of the primary colors were in the collection. My favorite look was the blue patent-tulle dress; such an unexpected combination that was mesmerizing.

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Phillip Plein had a very edgy presentation, maybe too edgy. I really hated those cage leather miniskirts. They looked cheaply designed and raunchy.

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Alexander Wang is usually a collection I look forward to, but this season between odd slashes mixed material pieces, tears and odd shapes it felt messy. The show was also a pop up in Brooklyn which just felt chaotic and more about what he called ‘Wangfest’ than a fashion runway.

Cynthia Rowley RTW Spring 2018
Cynthia Rowley RTW Spring 2018

All in all, New York Fashion Week says summer lives forever; and that is a sentiment I can support.

Photos courtesy of AOL, Daily Mail, Elle & WWD

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