One of our favorite times of the year – FASHION MONTH – or otherwise known as the official runway shows showcased in the hottest fashion cities in the world: New York, London, Milan and Paris.
The kick off is always in New York, and this spring/summer 2016 season put on by the astounding Americans did not disappoint! A full week long and 70 fashion shows later, let us take a look back at some of the highlights of New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016, as well as scope out some of the top trends that were showcased on the runways this season.
- Location shift: This was the first year NYFW didn’t take place at the historic Lincoln Center. Instead, shows were dispersed throughout midtown to downtown New York, with most runways taking place at Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Square.
- Opening Ceremony: The opening ceremony was done with a collaborated with New York City Ballet to put on a lively, choreographed show. Well, when a dancer fell while walking down the concrete runway, the audience gasped, but the performer quickly got back up and kept strutting her stuff. It wasn’t until the second time models began tripping across the curved runway path that the audience began questioning the performance….during the final walk, dancers simultaneously broke out into a dance set and confirmed that the falls were, indeed, staged. Not everything is what is seems!
Jeremy Scott: His line was a time warp to the 60’s. Jeremy Scott had a lot on his plate as he presented New York with his creations – not only was he busy with fittings and pulling off a memorable event, he premiered his documentary just two days after his show. His presentation stood out among the rest at Fashion Week, incorporating bold colors, prints and even bold material such as plastic. Some of the pieces even appeared to be inspired by 60’s home goods such as tile print and disc curtains. Fun prints included big, bold polka dots, cartoon caricatures, zap guns as well as black and white high school yearbook pages.
Diane von Furstenberg: We all love Diane and this season we loved her inspiration even more which was based around “A celebration of women”. DVF’s show was themed around female empowerment and female empowerment is what we love! The collection was inspired by “Fortuna,” the Roman Goddess of luck and freedom. The designer snagged the industry’s top models including Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Victoria’s Secret veteran Jourdan Dunn. The women sashayed down the runway to songs including this summer’s popular tune, “Can’t Feel My Face” – model Karlie Kloss opened the show in a striking pink silk and chiffon wrap dress.
Prabal Gurung: This designer’s show not only showed an inspiring collection but it was also a moving tribute to his home country of Nepal. His show went above and beyond. His show presented Buddhist monks who chanted a prayer to honor the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal in April 2015. The catastrophic quake killed more than 8,000 people. The fashion designer raised funds shortly after the devastation on his crowdrise.com page.
Givenchy: From Paris to New York…? This was one of the most talked-about shows of the season. Givenchy moved from his usual Paris home base to showcase in New York for the first time and gave away hundreds of tickets to the public a couple days before the occasion. The backdrop of the venue overlooked twin light beams in the distance, a tribute to September 11, 2001. The set was designed by the French designer’s close friend Marina Abramovic, who envisioned the “spirit of a Brazilian favela” using recycled materials, according to Vogue.com. The show exhibited everything including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, new denim and even couture pieces.
There were many other wonderful designers and collections showcased throughout the week, and while looking at all of them, we would like to mention the top trends seen at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016. From a total of 70 shows, the hottest 16 trends spotted were:
1) SPANISH FLAMENCO INSPIRATIONS
2) FISHNET FANATIC
3) THE X FACTOR – AN OFF THE SHOULDER SILHOUETTE
4) PETITE PLEATS
5) 70’s INSPIRED SUEDE
6) SPRING KNITS
7) WHITE SHIRT REDUX
8) VICTORIAN ERA INSPIRATIONS
9) PAPERBAG WAIST
10) LINGERIE INSPIRATIONS
11) FLAT MULE SHOES
12) THE HALF-MON BAG
13) FABULOUS FRINGES
14) LIGHT-WEIGT DENIM
15) PRETTY PLUS-SIZED PLAID
16) ORANGE, ORANGE, ORANGE
That’s a wrap for now! Stay tuned for our next blog post with the top highlights and trends from London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016.