Once again, Marc Jacobs created another NYFW ‘moment’ but at this moment in time, apart from prolonging the rather tired 1990s grunge trend, we’re struggling how this one might translate to the high street as we can’t see the general public embracing giant furry hats.
Fashion writers have mulled over possible influences: The Cat in the Hat, buccaneers and pirates, Dionne from Clueless, Willy Wonka, Kurt Cobain, tramps, Jamiroquai and we can see them all – with a grungy edge.
There was also a flirtation with exaggerated retro shapes. Trying to strip away the more outlandish bits, pencil and lantern-shaped skirts in interesting textures were a recurrent theme as well as tricky cropped trousers and mid-length layers as well as grungy fur with the odd touch of pastel rave.
While I admire the creativity and Jacobs’ ability to be different, this show stuck out because it was more conceptual in a sea of ready-to-wear looks and *please don’t hate me* I prefer Marc Jacobs in his brighter and more easy-to-wear moments.
Some trends never die. Smart monochrome looks, buttery neutral coloured leathers and plush camel will live forever. They still looked awesome on the NYFW catwalks and came in so many varying forms.
If you’re regular reader of our blog you’ll know how obsessed we are with SS12’s ‘Sports Luxe’ trend so we were obviously seduced by the clean lines and bright hues seen on the New York Fashion Week catwalks. We say stock up on minimalist basics this spring and they’ll see you through the year – hurray!
Here are some of our favourites from the catwalks.
Pics: The Telegraph.
I find it relatively difficult to get super excited about all the new winter collections when I’m pining for springtime and promised heat and sunshine…but I always have a soft spot for coats.
While London Fashion Week always produces exciting new ideas and cutting-edge collections, New York is the place for really wearable fashion and I know that come next Autumn I will be lusting after a structured and smart coat like these lovelies.
Some of the designers we reckon the celebs will be wearing on the red carpet…so far… Prabal Gurung, Monica Lhuillier and Jason Wu and note the colour red. How apt.
You’ll have noticed printed trousers in all the shops- from floral cigarette trous and patterned skinny jeans to those tricky to wear pyjama-style styles, perfected by Stella McCartney. Like so many trends that kinda carry on through the seasons, printed relaxed styles have been spotted on the New York catwalk – either super slouchy chiffon numbers or chic harem shapes.
Personally I have always had an aversion to harem shapes (being a pear-shaped girl) but I lOVE the look on the catwalk. Maybe I’ll attempt some floaty chiffon when the time comes! I was going to attempt my own pictorial mash-up and then stumbled across Coco’s Tea Party’s post so all credit goes to Ella Gregory.
Once again we’re seeing plenty of mesh in SS12 but it based on the NYFW catwalks it’s here to stay and gets chunkier and edgier. Interesting it’s less about sports luxe and more about crochet and revealing skin in an interesting way. I’m sure we’ll see more of this on various other catwalks.
A confession to start with – we have a soft spot for novelty woolly hats, our favourite being a husky beanie purchased from Topshop last year. But this doesn’t mean that we don’t think this latest tiger hat trend is a little, well, brave (some might say crazy).
That taste maker/breaker Nicky Minaj kicked off this trend at New York Fashion Week – wearing a tiger hat on the FROW (as well as jackets covered in pom poms etc) and now Jessie J has been spotted prowling around Paris in similar head gear.
Are you brave enough to climb aboard the tiger trend train? If you are, we’ve spotted a similar hat in River Island for £19.99 and a fluffier version in Selfridges for just shy of £40, (as modelled by Sarah of Snap Fashion) in fact this was before Nicki Minaj gave the look a try – just saying.
Pics: The DM.
Yeah, yeah we’re well aware we’ve done a blog post on floral prints earlier in the fashion week, but let’s face it, when there’s spring,
there’s flowers (and other patterns too).
Princess of Print Diane von Furstenberg did not disappoint with a stunning array of florals and paint spattered pieces. We’re particularly in love with the Asian-inspired florals which also have a slightly 60s feel to them too- not in a dodgy wallpaper way!
Pics from The Guardian.
A little less ready-to-wear (unless you work in a sunglasses shop) was Thakoon’s menagerie of seriously loud clashing prints and colours. Satin turquoise with tangerine embroidery, candyfloss hair, paisley, fitted floral blazers, symmetrical patterns and cowboy-like hats all figured – sometimes on the same piece of clothing. One for the seriously brave.
In another print mash-up DKNY showed off horizontal striped maxi dresses, paint spattered monochrome leggings and pinks so sweet they’d give you a toothache- all with a 70s twist. We love the super flattering floppy hats and playful use of texture to make colour blocking more interesting and feminine – sequins *squee!*
Former pop stars, Victoria Beckham and Gwen Stefani showed off their collections at New York Fashion Week as well as celebrity stylist, Rachel Zoe.
Tapping into the sixties trend, Gwen Stefani kept hemlines short and sweet at L.A.M.B. with a tough baby doll look stealing the show. Although Gwen was MIA for the proceedings (preferring to stay in sunny L.A. – we don’t blame her!) it was still a rock and roll affair with plenty of black, quirky prints and pops of bright colour- particularly in accessories. Amazing inspiration of how to pep-up everyday looks, the collection is super-wearable with leopard print dresses, stripy cardis and patterned capri pants plus shorts.
Pics from The DM.
We know Victoria Beckham has expensive taste and her close-cut collection focused on clean lines and luxurious detailing.
Sophisticated dresses in navy and sable featured corset colour-block shapes as well as decorative seams. Perhaps taking tips from husband David Beckham, there was a strong sportswear influence too. The statement shift remains for Spring and box bags will earn their keep too- we love VB’s bright leather offerings.
Stylist to the stars, Rachel Zoe made her NYFW debut with another very wearable collection featuring strong prints on maxi dresses, tailored blazers and shorts, coupled with sheer feminine blouses. Channelling this style (just like we we copied Nicole Richie’s boho style and Mischa Barton’s once laidback luxe, created by the stylist) we can have a little Zoe effect in our own wardrobes.
Pics from LelaLondon.