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September 25, 2015

New York Fashion Week 2016: Haute Off The Ramp

Text by Tanisha Choudhury

We have watched, read, filtered down and rounded up the Top 5 of everything from the recently concluded New York Fashion Week

Top 5 Shows at NYFW

1. Givenchy

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Riccardo Tisci’s latest collection for Givenchy, shown on the 14th anniversary of 9/11 was a contemplative one. Devoid of colour, it comprised of soft slip dresses in ivory and black, lace-edged camisoles and couture dresses worn with freakishly gorgeous face decoration.

2. Marc Jacobs

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Marc Jacobs’ spectacle of a show at the Ziegfeld Theatre was an exuberant love letter to the movies, to New York City and to America. The colours of the American flag – red, white and blue – defined the entire collection, which was dense with detail and drama.

3. Alexander Wang

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Alexander Wang’s 10th Anniversary collection was concept-free and pretence-free. With striped pants and structural jackets, crop tops, denim boxer shorts and fishnet shirts, Wang nailed his particular brand of downtown cool.

4. Rodarte

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Rodarte’s feminine collection full of intricate patchwork involving lace, embroidery, velvet and silk fringing, with hints of Victoriana and a touch of glam-rock was a powerful one.

5. Proenza Schouler

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Proenza Schouler’s latest collection was an experiment in texture play, asymmetry and decoration. Judging by those gorgeous clothes with ruffles, cut-outs, bare shoulders and high-end craftsmanship, it was a successful one.

Top 5 Looks at NYFW

Top 5 Trends at NYFW

1. Ruffles

Ruffles with a big R and in all shapes, sizes and fabrics were seen everywhere from Proenza Schouler and Ralph Lauren to Marchesa and Erdem.

2. Sequins

This season was all about the shine. While glamorous high-bling gowns, like those at Naeem Khan and Vera Wang, are hardly new, J. Crew and Alessandro Lucioni used sequins in their daytime avatar.

3. Off-the-shoulder

Bare shoulders seen everywhere from Creatures of Comfort and Edun to Prabal Gurung and Adeam are fashion’s new obsession.

4. California Cool

Designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Baja East and Tory Burch among others injected a cool Californian surfer vibe to their clothes, with tie-dye being a recurring theme.

5. Fringe

Whatever the fabric, as long it sways and sashays when you walk, your fringe game will be on point. The sexy fringe made a comeback in a big way, with designers using it on everything from shoes and bags to earrings and dresses. We especially love Edun’s fringe-lined dress and Sophie Theallet’s frilly shoes.

Top 5 Beauty Trends

1. Blue Eyes

Eyes were given a swipe of blue for some clean and simple drama. Shades ranged from turquoise at Bibhu Mohapatra to colours of the sea at Diane von Furstenberg, while Marc Jacobs and Hugo Boss used darker hues.

2. Easy Knots

Hair was pulled back in messy knots for an effortlessly chic and summery look. At Suno the hair was held together by a thick black band, Marissa Webb had a side-swept version and Rag Bone kept it wet and unruly.

3. Natural Hair

This year, as a refreshing change, models were sent down the runway with natural hair in short or buzz cuts.

4. No Make-up look

The biggest beauty trend this season was fresh, dewy complexions with little to no make-up. The girls at Alexander Wang were sent with only moisturiser, a glow-inducing serum was used at Rag and Bone and Public School and Prabal Gurung saw similarly clean and fresh faces.

5. Statement Lips

A bare face with a bright mouth was used to create a dramatic look that was modern and paired down. Everyone from DKNY and Jason Wu to Marchesa and Victoria Beckham used this look to great effect.

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