Highlights from NYFW SS16 — Day 2

Highlights from NYFW SS16 — Day 2

Big city vibes

Text: Andrea Sim

NYFW kicks of the month long schedule of spring/summer 2016 runway shows with fresh collections. We bring you the best looks and all you need to know from Jason Wu and Givenchy on the second day

Jason Wu: Uptown girl  

Ladylike, demure and all round feminine, designer Jason Wu's collection titled Glamour had us thinking we were peering into the closet of a polished uptown Manhattanite. Ruffled, tiered numbers for cocktail soirées, sensible a-line dresses for tea at Freds after a Barneys spree, and clean lines for dinner at Per Se. The sheer peek-a-boo inlays then provided a much welcomed contrast to the heavy solids, and injected an edge of cheekiness that enlivened the classic ensembles.  

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci: An ode to New York 

In the words of artistic director Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy's first show out of Paris was a love letter to New York City. It took place on 9/11, with the World Trade Center as the backdrop to his incredible silk and lace creations (interspersed with the occasional menswear ensemble).

What stole the show was definitely the fringed gown with sheer lace inserts which moved dynamically on the runway. And the cherry on top of the outfit? Captivating gothic beauty in the form of lace and pearl facial decoratives — an extension of the bejewelled facial ornamentation seen at his FW15 show. 

Amidst the gradiated feathered looks and appliquéd gowns that summed up the collection, it seemed like Tisci had a moment of nostalgia. His runway was akin to a playlist of the greatest hits, and was essentially a compilation of his best work from the past decade. The fall/winter 2007 leather jacket with oversized studs for example, made a comeback by way of an asymmetrical jacket with similar embellishments. But as the SS16 show marked the designer's ten-year reign at the French maison, it is deservedly so that Tisci took inspiration from his past triumphs. Setting the bar high for the season with a breathtaking collection, here's to many more years of Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci to come. 

To read all our coverage on NYFW SS16, click here.