Highlights from NYFW fall/winter 2016 — Day 4
New York Fashion Week
SUNO: PORTRAITS OF A MODERN LADY
The collection: Folk apparel made current with play on proportions, extra-large detailing and maximalist prints. Modest silhouettes were modernised with feminine yet functional designs, oversized plaid, floral patterns and exaggerated sleeves.
Hair: The models' hair was tied into a low ponytail and wrapped tightly with velvet ribbons — the same ribbons seen used as bows on skirts and coats.
Favourite look: That floral jacquard shirt dress (look 19) with plaid and lace sleeves peeking out from under. If there is one thing designer duo Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis excel at, it's their artful knack at mixing prints.
ALEXANDER WANG: SIN CITY
The collection: Rebellious, provocative and suggestive, Alexander Wang's FW16 runway show was a lesson on what not to wear to church. Short hemlines and sheer lace aside, marijuana leaf-prints seen on skirts, coats and dresses were aplenty (looks 2, 4 and 44). Wang pushed the envelope even further by taking another vice to the forefront. Pole dancers were the other key motif of the collection (look 23). Slogans such as 'girls', 'strict', 'faded' and 'tender' were emblazoned across tights, tops and beanies — a continuation of Wang's obssesion with the '90s. But, it was the designer's trucker jacket that read 'Holy Smoke' that was the icing on the cake. How's that for breaking all the rules?
The venue: Held — ironically — at Saint Bartholomew's Church in Midtown Manhattan, the religious grounds was turned into a 15 minutes presentation of apparel that were anything but holy.
Something you might have missed: Model Anna Ewers (look 43) walked in the wrong direction down a dark alleyway. When she realised the mistake after being informed by a staff member, a minor fit of anger ensued. Ewers clenched her fist, made a slight punch downwards, and murmured "ugh" under her breathe. Whoops.
ALTUZARRA: LUXE BOHEMIA
The collection: Rich in brocade, paisley, braided knits, fringing and sumptuous fur, textiles took centerstage at Joseph Altuzarra's fall/winter 2016 runway show. Inspired by the movie Only Lovers Left Alive, looks were purposefully mixed and matched to narrate the beauty of disparity. Patchwork pieces artfully paired with Altuzarra's signature sleek tailoring (look 11 and 28) will certainly appeal to the gypsets of today.
Worth the investment: Every one of those billowing paisley handkerchief-hem dresses — two of which were cleverly layered over henleys (looks 21 and 24).
Something you might have missed: Models wore pearl bell earrings that chimed with every step they took.
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