NEW YORK – As the catwalks display one Spring Summer 2016 collection after another at New York Fashion Week, a number of different looks and styles are emerging. Some designers have decided to focus on a refined aesthetic while others have presented a streetwear vibe with a return to decades past. From Givenchy to Victoria Beckham and Ralph Lauren, we take a look at some of this weekend’s hottest runway looks.
1. SIMPLICITY AT JASON WU & ALTUZARRA
Elegant but casual, the Jason Wu (above left) woman loves to play with volume and likes to show off her midriff in flashes. Simplicity is key in both style and colour. Both feminine and refined, the Altuzarra collection (above right) was very sober, particularly in terms of color. Espadrille shoes were an accessory focus of the collection, designed with leather sole and heel in order to add a touch of femininity in 2016.
2. RETRO 50S SCI-FI AT BETSEY JOHNSON
The American designer remains loyal to her quirky and whimsical style with original outfits that have a futuristic touch.
3. LINGERIE & LACE AT GIVENCHY
White and black were highlighted at the Givenchy runway show. The dresses were light and fluid with some touches of lace. This spectacular dress was from the haute couture collection.
4. SPORTS LUXE (AGAIN) AT LACOSTE & ALEXANDER WANG
Directly inspired by the Rio Olympic Games, Lacoste (above right) focused on graphic motifs and geometric symbols and put an accent on color. A number of more restrained black and white ensembles were also displayed. Alexander Wang (above left) presented a streetwear collection including jackets and frayed jeans with mesh and studded sandals.
5. RELAXED MINIMALISM & LONG LINES AT VICTORIA BECKHAM & PUBLIC SCHOOL
A first for the label, Victoria Beckham (above right) presented a very colourful collection highlighting print fabrics. Over all, pants were wide while both long and short skirts were seen; This was one of the rare black and white silhouettes of the collection. Very chic yet very urban, the Public School collection (above left) is designed to allow women to have maximum freedom of movement. The materials used (particularly silk) further highlight the sense of motion creating beautifully fluid pieces.
6. 70S TIE-DYE & PRINTS AT THAKOON & DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
The light and airy Thakoon collection brings back the “tie-dye” trend for the spring and summer season. Full of contrasts and an opposition of day and evening outfits, the collection highlights both denim and sequins. Renowned designer Diane Von Furstenberg (above) took us back to the 1970s with a collection full of floral prints, bright colours, high waists and jumpsuits.
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