Best shows from NYFW FW18: Tory Burch, Cushnie et Ochs and Jason Wu

Best shows from NYFW FW18: Tory Burch, Cushnie et Ochs and Jason Wu

New York Fashion Week: Day 2

Text: Veronika Bondarenko

Tory Burch plants a garden, Cushnie et Ochs plays up form and Jason Wu dazzles with jewels

The collection: Romance and mystery came early to New York, in the form of an incredibly elegant and high-flower Tory Burch runway. The fanciful designer filled her show with bright colourful bows (looks 15 and 19), floral midi skirts (looks 32, 34 and 41) and white crepe de chine dresses (looks 4 and 5) — all of which were inspired by the style of Jackie Kennedy's sister and fashion icon, Lee Radziwill. With details like lilac lace edging (looks 1 and 4) and a 1970s-inspired "Happy Times" print (looks 6, 17 and 22), delight and whimsy shone through every one of the collection's items.

The backdrop: Every detail felt posh! An indoor garden of more than 15,000 pink carnations greeted the guests as they walked into the high-ceilinged landmark building.

Front row: Sienna Miller, Julianne Moore, Anna Wintour and Chinese actress Liu Shishi made an appearance.

The collection: Sharp cuts, fitted looks and fringe are all coming back for fall. On trend, the new Cushnie et Ochs collection brought us all that in asymmetrical tops (looks 11, 17 and 22) and form-fitting dresses (looks 11, 12 and 16). With a palette of vivid whites, magentas and nudes, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs chose to forgo pattern and focus on cut — bringing us stunning pieces like that single shoulder-baring silver lamé dress (look 31) and a plunging blazer with fringed pants ensemble (look 19).

Upon closer inspection: Many of the looks played with texture through competing silk, lace and even leather grafts.

Buro loves: The floor-length silver dress with an elegant leg slit (look 32) is a standout among other evening dresses.

The collection: Designer Jason Wu's latest collection was a jewel, when it comes to pieces decorated with Swarovski crystals (looks 1, 3, 10 and 14) and shimmering dresses. Flowing dresses in Jolly Rancher-hued pinks and greens (looks 18, 22 and 25) paired nicely with basics like black silk pants (looks 2 and 4), a white blouse with a deep v-neck plunge (look 20) and a long beige blazer (look 8). Overall, the pieces had at once a carefree and sophisticated vibe, finished off by two bejeweled tulle evening dresses (looks 29 and 30).

Special note: Wu turned to the work of jewellery designers Ettore Sottsass and Michele De Lucci for inspiration.

Front row: The real model sighting happened at the seats. Coco Rocha, Doutzen Kroes and Kate Upton watched from the sideline.

All coverage from New York Fashion Week fall/winter 2018.