The cold and frigid weather at NYC may not be so pleasant but, as the first city to kick off Fashion Week, more than a handful of designers are ready to raise the roof with eye-gazing outfits.
While a handful of critics have mentioned that NYFW is “dead”, this Fall/Winter 2018 season shows that not all signs of life cease to live at the hands of a less than A-list front row.
Given that many trends of the past F/W runways felt redundant, here are the top five that will freshen up your winter knits:
Neon animal prints
Lisa Frank called and she wants her neon leopard print top back. Just kidding! Heavily inspired by the day-glo of the ‘80s and the graphic designer’s kitschy stickers, Tom Ford takes the lead to revive the millenial’s childhood nostalgia with a high voltage of his signature sensuous glamour. On the other hand, Rihanna’s go-to designer Adam Selman lends a laid back touch with his oversized cobalt blue sweater. For a street style-friendly take on the trend, R13 hits the mark with its sleek tailored suit.
Your go-to sheer nude stockings and opaque black tights needs to be stored in the drawer. Unlike past seasons, the sky-grazing legs of models were encased in vinyl, leather and wool. Every colour and texture from the rainbow hugs the thighs and calves of every girl. At Jeremy Scott, the designer sent Gigi Hadid down the catwalk with Fanta orange stockings while upcoming designer Saks Potts takes the hippie-dippie road with Deadhead-friendly pink and white tie-dye. Despite being the go-to trend of 2017, glitter remains strong as Ulla Johnson has Gucci-esque sparkly mustard yellow socks.
As common as white bread, office-ready blazers, knee-length pencil skirts and button-down white tops are nothing unique. However, it got a high fashion makeover. At Alexander Wang, tailored jackets are embellished with zippers, then paired with fur-lined PVC pumps. Averting from party-hearty vibe of Wang’s is Derek Lam, whose pinstripe long coats are CEO-approved. If you want a transitional work to play suit, don’t skip out on Zadig & Voltaire’s ensemble!
Pointy toe shoes
The sharpest blade of a knife is as dangerous as the pointiest tip of a shoe. Although Balenciaga took the lead for kickstarting the trend, less intimidating iterations of it pounded the floor. Known for his ladylike silhouettes, Jason Wu collaborates with Manolo Blahnik to create sartorially sharp lace-up stilettos. On the other hand, Singapore-born Prabal Gurung takes a more playful approach by clashing colours with Lego-style block heels. Lastly, we will never imagine that pointy toe snakeskin shoes can return in this lifetime. With an appetite for modernity, Zimmerman takes the Axl Rose-esque buckled cowboy boot by shortening it into a bootie.
Choosing a dress is as challenging as picking out a pair of shoes to buy for Chinese New Year. Thankfully, the problem is solved. Instead of making a dress in one colour, two shades contrast each other like blocks of primary hues on the canvas of a Mondrian painting. If you err towards the conservative side, you can try out Carolina Herrera’s fruit punch-esque dress, which has a modest midi length with long sleeves. Bold, but not too extra is Sies Marjan’s iridescent red and blue duochrome dress. Last, but not least is Christian Cowan, where a short cocktail dress party is ½ LBD, ½ Cher.
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