While New York Fashion Week was just over two weeks ago, it feels like I’m already far behind the times posting this review now. But such is the world of fashion, especially during fashion month. It’s an understatement to say things move quickly.
My lateness aside, I wanted to post this to review some pieces and collections that stood out to me, both to highlight clothes I might wear and those few designers that took interesting risks. I have to agree with the top fashion editors that not enough collections felt risky or new this season. I can respect that the world of fashion is undergoing significant changes at the moment — in the social media driven world, everyone wants to have the most Instagramable collection and consumers want what they’re seeing photos of now, which is why many designers are choosing to offer see-now buy-now collections.
A collection that is too risky, that introduces a too-new silhouette, that pushes consumers ideas about what beauty can look like too much is likely to sell less than something that meets existing expectations and comfort zones. And financial risk aside, we’ve seen so much fast change in fashion in the last half-century — from A-lines to miniskirts, from dramatic flares to tight cigarette pants — it can feel like we’ve seen it all already, and that everything new is simply a rehash. Strictly speaking, that is and isn’t true. All art is a reference to previous art; it has to be. In that view, nothing is new and yet, everything is.
This is a very substantial post as New York Fashion Week is an enormous topic. You can use the following links to jump ahead: Trends (90s, 70s, CelebrityCollections, Cutouts, Culottes, Fringe, Gradients, Knits, Lurex, Marijuana, Patches, Ruffles); Favorites (for aesthetic & for wearability).