I’ve narrowed down my top 15 favorite shows from New York’s Fashion Week presentations. Additionally, I’ve chosen my top five looks from each collection.
After choosing my picks, I realized the range of styles that I am in to represent the many sides of me personally- I love being able to dress to fit my range of moods, whether that is buttoned up proper, edgy, tom boyish, or all girly girl glamorous.
There were quite a few that deserve an honorable mention, like Adam Lippes and Josie Natori but for now lets focus on the following:
1. Herve Leger – feminine with an edge, sexy but not overtly so.
2. J.Crew – Staying true to their roots with classic shapes, yet creating a newness with color, prints, and textures (and a longer hemmed skirt). Not to mention the shoes this season deserve a show all of their own. Perfection.
3. Reed Krakoff – Truly understated elegance. Romantic, feminine, with a touch of sport for good measure.
4. Rebecca Taylor – Interesting fabrics like a surprising sheer panel here and there, and leather with laser cuts. Clever layering creates completely inspiring wearable looks.
5. Alexander Wang – Inconspicuous sexiness pours through every design, as if the wearer is not trying at all – something most people aspire to.
6. Jill Stuart – Crop tops, full skirts, leather, bold shoulders. Black and White. Basically not basic.
7. Mara Hoffman One for the lover of life. Colors and prints with a tone of easy breezy ‘on a holiday’ elegance.
8. Noon By Noor – Glamorous and all woman. Floral appliqué, full skirts, jumpsuits, long pencil skirts in rich luxurious leather. Pretty feminine details like a jeweled embroidered neckline, or a fitted-to-the-wrist sleeve add to the refined and polished nature of the collection.
9. Nicole Miller Unexpected cuts and frills and beautiful embroidery. Romance, meet edge.
10. Carolina Herrera– Supremely feminine, figure flattering, flowy fabrics juxtaposed by an angle or a bold line to add visual interest. Something for everyone in this collection, some pieces could be worn to the Oscars, and others to a garden party.
11. 3.1 Philip Lim – Stunning shapes including the rounded ‘cocoon’ shoulders and short kimono sleeve, along with many iterations of the print that was inspired by a mineral formation that occurs in nature at a certain moment in flux, called a ‘geode’ (according to Style.com).
12. Christian Siriano – A palette of sunny colors and patterns inspired by a trip to Mexico, Siriano has created just the right mix of newness and unexpected to keep things fresh in this collection, while making the cuts and dress draping truly honor the female form in a classic way.
13. Bibhu Mohapatra – Accents and embellishments, whether they are jewels, flowers, or geometric patterns – make each piece in this collection a work of art. Simply dreamy.
14. J.Mendel – Simple and understated shapes with richly opulent fabrics make for a completely wearable (and majorly drool-worthy) collection.
15. The Row – What Mary from Downton Abbey would be wearing if she lived today. Gorgeously crafted fabrics, laser cut, crochet, sheers, worn at a chic mid length hemline.