If you were thinking Jason Wu had nothing new to offer, you might want to reconsider. The designer, who is famous for his perfect tailoring and sleek silhouettes, offered a surprisingly edgy S/S collection. Collaborating with none other than graffiti artist KAWS, Wu took a risk and introduced the audience to a refreshing and certainly more rock'n'roll woman. The graphic black and white ensembles were followed by confident brights, and a strong floral print designed by KAWS himself which were paired with bold orange lips and matching nails for maximum effect.
The set doesn't leave much to the imagination. Summer in the City is without a doubt the inspiration for this show. Donna Karan's collection started with a fresh idea of black and white looks, quickly followed by red, blue and last but not least, florals. As for the silhouettes, they were loose and breezy, perfect for surviving the heat, or simply hopping in a yellow cab to the nearest rooftop pool.
Kiledjian is bringing sexy back, this Spring. It is what the designer does best and he isn't afraid to show it. The cuts and materials are fantastic, and the designs themselves are the epitome of sexy. Skintight strapless leather dresses, short hemlines, and leather bomber vests are mixed with delicate olive and hot pink florals, powder pink sequins, classic cuts and neutral shades for a well-balanced collection. Some might call it eclectic, I call it a success.
For Spring 2012, Raul Melgoza is taking us on a relaxed summer cruise on the Mediterranean. His signature sharp silhouette disappeared in favour of softer lines, in an ode to women's sensuality. If the prints were for many the highlight of this collection, the colour combinations definitely stole the show for me. The lime green paired with the light aqua was a refreshing sight after the pinks, oranges and corals that were all the rage last spring.
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Faithful to its usual quirkiness, the Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 line went against the grain and was all about colours - bold, solid colours. Separates came in a variety of shapes and hues, but the real genius was to combine them all. Bright neons were paired with tailored navy blue pieces, whereas corals were matched to earthy neutrals. Among all the prints we've been seeing lately, this collection felt like a breeze of fresh air and I loved it!
Knowing Vera Wang's work, it should come to no surprise that her latest show looked like a twisted fairytale. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the show opened on a series of all-white looks, highlighting the perfect tailoring and light fabrics used, such as chiffon, organza and tulle. Colour slowly made its way onto the catwalk, starting with soft greys, pale peppermint, and ending up with bright psychedelic prints. If wishing upon a star really worked, I can only wish for some of these pieces to make their way into my wardrobe.
Pictures courtesy of Vogue.fr.
What are your favourite from NYFW? I'd love to know what show really stood out for you.
- Elodie x