NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2015

No two fashion weeks are alike, and on occasion, they can be as different as night and day. This appeared to be the case with Paris Fashion Week and the recent New York Fashion week; Parisian eclecticism turning to the hard-edged cultural jumble of the New World.

Three days into New York Fashion Week and it seemed the designers were replaced by athletes. From Kanye West’s collection for Adidas to the NBA All-Star fashion show with James Harden, the focus was on leisure wear.

One of the most prominent designers at Fashion Week was Alexander Wang who may have done more than any other designer to bring athletic wear to the catwalk. Although his more recent collection was inspired by sneakers, his 2015 collection offered bathrobe coats and silk pajama suits, everything trimmed in ball bearings. As expected, much of his collection offered a strength and urbanity that felt relevant.

Joseph Altuzarra’s collection offered looks inspired by 18th century dandies, fur collars and houndstooth coats along with skinny flannel trousers. Chiffon evening dresses threaded with silver and gold embroidery, however, referenced Tibetan patterns.

The relaxed aesthetic of Rachel Comey offered generous waistbands, sleeveless plaids and denim jacks lined with shearling.  Misha Nonoo’s clothing offered a clean elegance of Oxford shirts, and wide-legged pants.

Wes Gordon made plentiful use of gray, gray ribbed-knit dresses, charcoal skirts, silver mink dresses and gray cashmere. Jason Wu also explored the color gray with his greatcoats and narrow-waisted trousers.

The overall impression is that New York Fashion week offered broad possibilities grounded in the more practical, relevant aesthetic of New York.