Every elite editor here from The Times to Vogue to Vanity Fair are currently packing their finest, photo-worthy outfits into their monogrammed carryalls for a week's long jaunt across the pond. As the last model disappears behind the runway of the finale show at Lincoln Center, the sun sets on New York Fashion Week and rises in London for even more fashionable affairs and presentations. There's always so many highs and lows of NYFW; an abundance of newer designers, and of course--memorable style moments. While we'd love to take the time to dish on all of the good and even some of the wonderfully-bad (come on, a little bad usually means at least a little fun, right?), we've instead picked a handful of some of our favorite looks and creative elements from this past week. After all, what good is a nonstop fashion party if you can't reminisce afterwards, no?
Best Use Of Color: Josep Font for Delpozo understands exquisite tailoring. Ever since bursting onto the runway scenes as Creative Director for the Italian label he's turned out beautifully crafted, ladylike ensembles with impressive, structural and sharp edges that truly reflect his architectural past. We love the use of color he chose for this coat and how the monotone of the gray really pushes the happiness out from the warmer, tropical tones layered on top.
Best Androgyny: For his autumn/winter 2015 collection, Michael Kors juxtaposed the prep school student-meets-upper east side granny--and we are loving it. Menswear for the ladies has been on trend now for the last few seasons, but Kors delivered a fresh take on the style that's nothing short of hip and undoubtedly smart. The ankle-grazing pantsuit particularly filled us with adoration.
Best Ensemble: Yigal Azrouël always delivers a wearable yet understatedly hip collection, and his latest is no exception. The designer flawlessly puts out pieces that promise to make you instantly cool the minute you slip into them. Azrouël is gifted in creating looks that easily appeal to a wide market of women, without skimping on artistic touches or the creative aesthetics. We are all about a pants and blouse pairing, especially when it's white with touches of cool black and definitely when it reveals sheer geometric patterns in just the right light.
Best New Way To Hold Your Bag: Of course Ashley and Mary-Kate Olson have once more put forth a striking collection for The Row. With each new season comes another gaggle of creations worthy of praise from the hierarchies of fashion's elite. Their latest autumn/winter debut was ripe with New York City allure, right down to the statuesque (ironic, considering their tiny statures, but these girls definitely aren't afraid of long lengths..) lines and clean palettes. What caught our eyes most was not the airy, bright loft space for which their show was held but rather the ways in which the models clutched their oversized bags. Grab-and-go has never been more appealing.
Best Stage Presence: We dedicated yesterday's post to the glorious madness that brews within Thom Browne's creative thought processes, but he deserves to be on this list as well. Browne "gives good runway", that's for sure. We loved his unique use of models and stage presentation this time around, delivering a spooky, yet dreamy set inspired by a lady in mourning and existing neither here nor there, mentally. Oh, it was quite lovely indeed.
Best Male Co-Stars: NYFW is usually a spotlight for the ladies, since the men have their own dedicated week and schedule. A number of designers however, use this time to wisely showcase a number of their coinciding menswear looks to garner some of the attention away from the girls and onto the boys for a nice smattering of variety. While Michael Kors enlisted one male for every four or so females during his show, Proenza Schouler sent but one sole guy down the runway, adding just a dollop of masculinity to his army of femmes.
Best Evening Gown: Sure, there's a plethora of evening gowns that float their way down the fashion week runways, one after a-sparkly-nother. But we absolutely adore this classic, severely sexy, yet brilliantly chic and simple number given to us by the incomparable Narciso Rodriguez--a gifted man that truly understands the delicate curves of a woman's body. Rodriguez is notorious for creating gowns that effortlessly drape and perfectly accentuate the anatomy of the female form, without taking anything away from the woman inside of his clothes. This white gown screams sex, but also class and elegance. We can't think of a better combination, really. It also reminds us of a modern version of that memorable wedding gown worn by Carolyn Bessette.
Best Beauty: While some designers went for more avant garde / emo hair and makeup looks to maximize the other-worldly effects of their collections, others went for stunning-glam or refreshingly nude faces. We loved the clean, fresh skin at Rodarte with just a hint of modernity, using tiny crystals to adorn the bottom lash lines, and the subtle pop of their blush-colored eyelids. Carolina Herrera finished her looks with vampy, burgundy lips and post sex-flushed cheeks for a lustful, womanly glow to compliment her girly, feminine frocks.
Best Coat: Prabal Gurung produced a stunning winter coat that was so perfect, we are still having fitful dreams about it. It was a mid-calf black beauty, with knit sweater details reminiscent of youthful smocking and trimmed in black and white puffs of fur at the bottom. This single piece of outerwear is the only thing a fashionable woman needs to don in the cold; dressy or casual; day or night.
Best Modern Day Grunge: Newer Parisian label, Faith Connexion, is definitely evocative of early Balmain. Inspiration of street graffitist and early 90's grunge ran rampant within their latest collection, and we certainly aren't mad about it. Faith Connexion designs for both men and women, offering similar styles that exude artistic rebellion.
Best New Dress: Victoria Beckham is steadily proving her serious abilities as a fashion designer every single season, and she hardly lets us down this week. She usually brings a solid black and white game, but the designer is showing no signs of boredom or repetition, so we are all about her color palette of choice. Every look was a winning one, but we are truly lusting over a solid black dress with a high neckline, petite waistline cutouts and a kickable, a-line skirt that falls mid-calf. So incredibly chic.
Best Jeans: That's right; fashion week isn't purely about the glitzier garb. Denim works its way in there too and we love it when the wardrobe staple makes an appearance. We adore the wash, wear and fit of the Pam & Gela jean. This pant is like the "boyfriend" fit, only tapered, and beat to hell and back. Pam & Gela is a newer label built around a more casual, popularized collection of women's clothing. These jeans however, with their worn indigo cotton and paint splattered marks are effortlessly cool.
Best Finale: Refreshing isn't a powerful enough word to describe the appreciation and enthusiasm we experience upon seeing an original supermodel grace the catwalk in modern times. Therefore, one can only imagine the mere freakout that bubbled within us as Naomi Campbell floated down the runway in a larger than life evening gown saturated in fuschia lamé during the finale at Zac Posen. Wow. Now that's what you call an entrance and an exit, ladies.
Best Street Style: Fashion Week wouldn't be nearly the kerfuffle that it is today without its gaggle of street-style stars. Leandra, Susie, Tommy, Bryan--they've all made killer careers out of dressing the part to get photographed while attending the shows. Every fashion news outlet on the planet publishes hundreds of photos daily of both high profile and lesser known attendees whose style stands out from the best-dressed-pack. Tyler Joe, for ELLE magazine caught some great images this season.
Sometimes the street makes for the best runway.