I wasn't sure if I was going to make any posts on fashion month this time around, mostly due to the time it takes to make posts on so many different collections, but I had to make at least one. I managed to narrow down every Collection from New York Fashion Week to my favourite 4.
This season saw a lot of velvet, earthy tones, tailoring (specifically suits for women) and tartan. Everything you kind of expect for a Fall/Winter collection. I know that some people are getting sick of the velvet trend especially, but I'm personally still a fan. Tartan Print is also back, but a lot of collections also featured animal print, another favourite of mine. There are also those who opted for bright, bold pops of colour, contrasting to the typical duller, more neutral palette for Fall, and I absolutely loved it, which is why my first (and probably favourite of them all) collection I'm featuring is Edun's.
Edun is known for being a simplistic, sustainable brand, but that doesn't mean they're boring. Actually, they're the complete opposite. I mean, look at the prints and colours used! Usually sustainable brands lean towards an earthy, neutral colour palette, but not Edun.
I admit, I used to hate on animal print, and as I've said before, I used to believe that if I ever loved or wore it that I just wouldn't be me anymore. Well, who am I? The zebra print on that skirt and the pants/jumpsuit is fucking amazing. While I love leopard print, it's nice to see a bold, fresher animal print being used. It makes classic pieces a million times more interesting and fun, espeicially when teamed with bright colours like that orange turtleneck.
When I said that Edun are known for simplicity, I was specifically talking about the silhouettes of their designs. Colour, textures and small details like the cuffs of the bright orange turtleneck above give the collection a uniqueness that sets them apart from more basic brands.
Although they're yet to have a head designer leading, whoever the team is that's been working on the past collections have been doing amazingly well, so well that Edun is one of my favourite brands now and I'll definitely be watching them each season.
Another favourite brand of mine is Wendy Nichol, who you might remember her work from a previous highlights post of mine that featured beautiful holographic capes. This time the textures and looks were toned down a bit to be more wearable, but it was still beautiful. There was velvet, of course, but I gravitated towards the silk and leather pieces.
The current, uhh, 'situation' (let's be honest, it's hell) in America definitely had a huge influence on a lot of collections this season. Slogan t-shirts were featured here and there, which I personally wasn't the biggest fan of. Yes, I agree with their message but it seemed like something they did just to show off that they are 'educated and aware' (and to sell, of course). Wendy Nichol steered clear of that trend and instead put out a simple, but beautiful collection, modelled by women of colour, disabled women, and immigrants holding messages to America. It featured her signature style of lace up boots and some really cool jumpsuits.
My personal favourite look was the silky/satin grey, utility style jumpsuit above. The collection was strong, effortless, practical and perfect for the modern day girl who wants to look stylish while going about everyday life.
When it comes to fall (colour wise) I immediately think of jewel tones, which Anna Sui used perfectly. The combination of earthy tones and rich, blue and gold is beautiful. Texture wise it was a mix of fur (in those amazing rich jewel tones), velvet, lace and lighter tops and dresses. Tartan made a feature, and florals decorated stunning velvet dresses and layered tops, and there was even an 'art deco' vibe in the golden piece below. The collection also had a slight 70s vibe to it, which of course I'm digging.
The real highlights, though, were definitely the fluffy fur coats, specifically the blue one below. I'm sure they're going to be a favourite of many, not just myself. I also almost equally adored the floral velvet pieces, again, specifically the one below.
It was just a really fun, beautiful collection with a lot going on but it all worked together. The mix of textures was balanced by colours that complimented each other and fit the 'fall' vibe without being predictable and boring.
Last I had to mention another new favourite brand of mine, Cynthia Rowley. Her collections are always fun, feminine, new and uniquely her. They can seem like an overwhelming, ecclectic mix but honestly, that is why I love them so much. It definitely isn't something too cohesive, but it's fun to go from look to look and see something different each time. Or course there were elements that helped to tie everything together, like the silhouette of the pants and use of patterns, but Cynthia said it's "just all the random, crazy things that pop into my head!"
One of the highlights for me were the sheer, blue and cream dotted skirts. They add an interesting later to the outfits, and can be styled in so many different ways. I also equally loved the pants in this collection, from the green pair above, to the floral flares below. Actually, the outfit with the floral pants is probably my favourite.
I know this collection probably isn't to everyones taste, especially those with a more minimalist style, but lately I've been falling for collections that are more fun and interesting, which Cynthia Rowely definitely provides.
I wouldn't say this has been my favourite fashion week, but it also wasn't my least favourite. The collections in this post were obviously a favourite of mine, but honestly there weren't too many that I really fell in love with. Let me know what you guys thought though and what collections you loved!