JASON WU: COLOUR ME PRETTY
The collection: Two things you know to always expect from Jason Wu: Florals, and pretty frocks. Ones that've been sketched and sewn with the fresh-faced girls of society's inner circle in mind. Fast forward to 2017, and the designer's plissé metallics (look 5), piped off-shoulder dresses (looks 2 & 4) and florals sheer on the skin (looks 18 & 30) will be making their rounds with well-heeled coteries the world over. Turning to Swiss-born, New York-based artist Ugo Rondinone's highlighter-hued installations — such as Seven Magic Mountains that recalls the Stonehenge on acid — to give his colour palette a much-needed strobing, Wu's spring is definitely rosy and most importantly, pretty.
I spy: The designer's attempt at elevating florals on cascading hems. Appliquéd instead of printed for all looks save for one (looks 6, 8, 11, 12, 14, 18 & 30), we can't help but wonder if fellow designer Christopher Kane's fluorescent florals (SS12) left a deep impression on Wu.
Favourite look: The muted organza blazer dress layered over a slip (look 29), amped up by neon piping and a band of faint metallic paint — doubling up as an airy cover-up in the light of spring.
TOMMY HILFIGER: PIER PRESSURE
#TommyNow: It's never just about the clothes with the American behemoth. Commandeering Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport, a ferris wheel, donut booth, record shop, and temporary tattoo station backdropped the offering, a bonafide carnival befitting of Tommy Hilfiger's headlining house code: Fun.
The collection: Starring in the brand's first straight to retail outing was Gigi Hadid, granted both the show's opening and closing walks. A no-brainer, given that her name's actually attached to some of these garments. And in some instances, emblazoned across the back (look 17). Unlike other collaborations, Hilfiger chose his seasonal runway as a launchpad for the #TommyXGigi capsule, one inspired by the high seas, the Navy, and Hadid — marking the model's first attempt at designing. Regimental detailings were abound, ranking the outerwear (looks 1, 18, 29 & 32) high on our lust list and giving Gigi's LA trademarks — hoodies (look 19), tracksuits (look 24) and dungarees (look 30) — an arresting spin. All debuted before the model's crowd with Hailey Baldwin a part of the lineup (look 23), while Taylor Swift and Kris Jenner frowed without a doubt.
Shop now: From the carnival to the stores, both the #TommyXGigi collab and Tommy Hilfiger runway pieces (like Tom Ford and Thakoon, these are fall 2016) hit the shelves on 10 September.
Read our exclusive feature of designer Tommy Hilfiger interviewing brand ambassador Gigi Hadid. Watch the runway show here.