As New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 comes to a close, it’s hard to imagine how we’ll ever make it through fall and winter to wear all of those pretty-pretty things. Packed with an endless sea of possibilities and stunning contradictions (pinks, ruffles, feathers, florals, fringe, structured, deconstructed, androgynous, feminine, retro, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘90s), spring 2016 has made some awe-inspiring promises. Here’s what happened the final week…
Spring is meant to blossom, but it seems as though our florals will be getting a Spanish influence come 2016. Naeem Khan went regal, with richly embroidered red floral ball gowns. Oscar de la Renta solidified the flamenco, with floral capes and fiery gowns ravished in roses, while Michael Kors gathered silk garnet flowers into classic ladylike silhouettes.
Pretty in Pink
Pink has already become the new nude, but spring suggests it might very well become the new black. Pamela Roland and Delpozo elevated pink to its full glory in pale pink ball gowns. Carolina Herrera, perhaps sporting the prettiest and pinkest collection, delivered ultra-feminine frocks bathed in pink tulle and fringe-like feathers.
Taking our mixing prints fetish to a new level, this week, designers turned out a plethora of contradictory palettes. If it’s pieced together like a quilt, it’s unanimously on-trend. Coach debuted ‘70s sensibilities with leather patchwork coats paired with patchwork floral dresses, while Anna Sui delivered a more bohemian aesthetic with playful sundresses. Diane von Furstenberg took her turn too with pretty pink patchworks sewn into her signature wrap dresses.
It’s turning out to be an ultra-feminine spring as designers doused dresses in head-to-toe ruffles. Proenza Schouler and Marchesa displayed elegantly structured ruffles, while Betsey Johnson infused hers with her signature punk-rebel spirit.
Jeremy Scott threw the retro party of the year this week, packing out a collection of multi-colored retro-inspired pleather and plastic coordinates studded with groovy dynamic details. Prabal Gurung and Tory Burch channeled a subtle, sophisticated, retro vibe with ‘60s palettes of bright marigolds and poppy orange.