As New York Fashion Week inched closer and closer, I felt as though I was holding my breath, fingers crossed, hoping that I’d be more impressed by the collections than I had been by the haute couture presentations in January.
Of course, while my expectations are always high, they’re different for each Fashion Week. With haute couture, I expect to be blown away by the drama and the craftsmanship. Anything less than the opulence of Galliano’s work for Dior leaves me underwhelmed.
For New York, I look forward to seeing not innovation and drama, but an inventive take on each designers’ signature looks. The feeling I’m searching for is that of a woman who suddenly wants to abandon her wardrobe, and start afresh with pieces from the show. Perhaps most importantly, I want those pieces to work for my day to day life. Work, appointments, dinner with friends, or an afternoon in the café. I want these collections to show me how the everyday can be elevated to be stylish…and dare – say, extraordinary.
The collections at New York Fashion Week didn’t disappoint. (Though, Rodarte left me scratching my head and wondering if it was an elaborate joke of some sort.)
Despite the wearability issues, I liked Alexander Wang’s sweater mules – and think that breaking those out at the office would be a delight. I also really liked Victoria Beckham’s take on the classic smoking – you can’t go wrong with a look like that for an upscale soirée. Another collection that caught my eye was Ralph Lauren’s – I love the preppy/luxe/bohemian look he created with the mix of pieces and the layering of accessories.
But if I had to pick Just One piece from NYFW to call my own, it would be:
Chado Ralph Rucci
This is the only look from all of the collections I viewed that actually made me gasp. It popped on screen and my love was immediate. Actually, with the exception of the fur (I’m not a fan, regardless of designer) I’d be quite happy for the entire Chado Ralph Rucci collection to make its way into my wardrobe…a girl can dream, can’t she?!
What was your Just One pick from the NYFW collections?
Photo from Style.com