New York, New York a freezing cold week in February seems all too fitting for a parade of Autumn and Winter collections, and boy what a weeks its been. We’ve had Alexander Wang’s Punktastic extravaganza to Victoria Beckham’s ultra wearable and sophisticated compilation. Are these the two polar opposite women we can expect to see later this year? Guess what I hope so, because at its most basic form fashion is an incredible way to show the world who you are and what your journey is, it is essentially an outward representation of how you want people to see your identity, so whether your into Vintage or the Ultra Modern, Minimalist or Bohemian your telling the world a little something about yourself when you step out side your front door.
Wang‘s AW girl is tough, has a no nonsense attitude and is the baddest girl in the room. The textures are mismatched with a gritty grunge 90’s tone that has had a resurgence in the last couple of seasons. At one point a model walks down the runway in a mostly black ankle length silky dress with sneakers and a bright orange woollen hat, how does this not work but work at the same time?! Another model wears a sheer lacy top with a blackout censor style block with the word Strict across her chest which defiantly plays up the bad girl vibe especially considering that Wang’s show was held in a church of all places!!
My verdict: Love the textures, and the inspired choice of accessories, Wang deserves a round of applause for this grunge chic collection that so many tough and tenacious young women are going to be dreaming of.
Beckham is such a respected designer these days it’s actually hard to remember her as a member of the Spice Girls! But I guess her time as the prim and proper Posh Spice has informed her overall design style as again Beckham has triumphed with a luxuriously wearable collection that any business woman/fashionista would die for. The boyish yet feminine aesthetic was a mixture of checks and stripes in very earthy tones that felt like they would be right at home later this year when the colder months return. One of my favourite looks has to be the striped bustier style dress, it’s classy, sexy and totally wearable to the office.
My verdict: A stunningly chic and sophisticated show. Basically, Victoria Beckham has been saving the working woman’s wardrobe since 2008.
In conclusion, these two New York Fashion Week shows have shown just how diverse the world of fashion can be and it’s exciting to see how designers season after season work on their aesthetic and it would seem that Mrs Beckham has definitely hit a high note with her RTW AW16 collection, if only I had a bank balance that could support multiple purchases from her line!
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