New York, First day of fashion week. On the catwalks seems to breathe a relaxed atmosphere. Few fashion designers among which the new names are interspersed with the old ones who built the American fashion system.
The mood seen on the catwalks of the first day play on two main themes:
Mix & Match – The classic American habit of mixing multiple contrasting elements in a single outfit creating an unusual harmonic balance, whose two best examples are the collections of Richard Chai Love and Tadashi Shoji.
The first is romantic with delicate tartan-ized lace textures interrupted by floral bouquets; the second is more daring, intertwining several printed layers with white asymmetric or oblique elements.
At last but not least, the capsule collection of Monsieur Christian Lacroix for the European brand Desigual, that paraded in New York for the opening of the new store in Manhattan. The collection follows the unconventional Desigual spirit according to Lacroix’ rules, who designed a more sophisticated woman, but keeping an easy-chic attire.
Comfortable Silhouette – relaxed fit played on asymmetrical structures or on oversized forms, depending on the inspiration of the collection. For Nicholas and Christopher Kunz brothers at Nicholas K brand there is a clear return to the origins, when as children went two times a year at the Apache Reservation near Tucson in Arizona; at BCBG by Max Azria asymmetries and transparencies reign with a variety of unusual monotonic faded colors; while for John Patrick of Organic brand, the key word is sustainability. He gives a boho-chic twist to the green-fashion especially if you look at the maxi full skirts and the large pants. The final touch is given by the refined satin belt tied at the waist with a bow.
|Nicholas K SS 2014|
|BCBG Max Azria SS 2014|
|Organic by John Patrick SS 2014|
The fashion week began quietly, but I think it is normal, at least until the world’s press will not move in mass to the most important brands of the American fashion system.
Alessandro Masetti – The Fashion Commentator
Photo Credits: Style.com; Desigual Press Office