Highlights from NYFW SS16 — Day 5

Highlights from NYFW SS16 — Day 5

On a positive note

Text: Andrea Sim Dora Aljoofri-Shrestha

From Carolina Herrera’s youthfully sweet collection to 3.1 Phillip Lim’s romantic twist on his signature sporty aesthetic, it is clear that change is a good thing

Tommy Hilfiger: Good vibes only

Each season, Tommy Hilfiger sets a defined theme for his shows. And each season, he never fails to go all out. As promised for SS16, the designer brought the "island life" of Mustique to downtown New York, where Pier 36 housed a miniature lagoon bay as its set. Palm trees, sand, and yes, even a canoe, brought on the Carribbean vibes. 

Tasseled accessories accompanied laid-back beach dresses in tropical prints, and crochet took form in sweaters and tops, all with striking Rastafarian colours abound. Polo shirts and cover-ups in netted mesh were layered over swimsuits, with platform jute-soled slides as the choice footwear. And, as it's not really a party without the right crowd: The Hadid sisters graced the boardwalk alongside Hailey Baldwin (who made her NYFW runway debut) to the peace-loving tunes of Bob Marley, while Joe Jonas and Johannes Huebl were seated front and centre.  

The designer made the splash he intended to this season, as did his A-list cast — quite literally — who stomped through the lagoon bare-footed, led by Gigi Hadid who closed the show. 

Carolina Herrera: New-age glamour

Over at The Frick Collection where the Carolina Herrera show was held, blush pink was the colour of spring. The models looked ethereal in gauzy dresses, pleated skirts and intricately appliquéd numbers as they walked past the towering columns that ran alongside the runway.

Unlike FW15, Mrs. Herrera toned down the florals and eschewed prints almost completely, bringing the focus to the finer details. Sheer mesh under fabric with cut-out strips created negative space, and patterns were formed with wisps of feathers and sequins. Lines were a large part of the collection, and was incorporated in many an ensemble either through form, or embellishments. And instead of the classic sweeping cuts we're used to from the House of Herrera, the designer expanded her repertoire this season and traded in the old-school glamour for both experimental and lean contemporary silhouettes. 

3.1 Phillip Lim: Getting down and dirty

"Stop and smell the flowers" was the order of the day at the 3.1 Phillip SS16 show. This year marks another 10th anniversary show — first Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, then Alexander Wang and now Phillip Lim. To celebrate the occasion, the designer worked on a spring/summer collection from the ground up.

Collaborating with artist Maya Lin, the show set saw mounds of soil uniformly planted throughout the empty pier, creating the perfect backdrop for the collection's earthy palette. Inspired by nature's beginnings, Lim gave his sporty aesthetics a breath of fresh air. Floral prints, ruffles and billowing details juxtaposed against light breezy fabrications and sculpted silhouettes gave a romantic twist to his signature sportswear.

Rag & Bone: Tailored athleisure
If you want to know what will be trending next season, simply examine Rag & Bone's spring/summer 2016 collection. Slip dresses, boilersuits, mesh tank tops and body-hugging knit dresses shrugged off the shoulder presented at the show are major trends we've already spotted at NYFW. The only difference? These are pieces designed with badass attitude.  

The athletic driven collection was, to say the least, sleek, clean, relaxed and undeniably wearable. Add military references into the mix and you've got that urban appeal that designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville are known for. That said, we'll bet our bottom dollar that the label's slip dress and high-top sneakers combi will be the next street style hit — possibly this season and the next. 

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