New York Fashion Week began Feb. 11 and designers started to send their fall 2015 collections down the runway. Hundreds of editors, celebrities and buyers gathered at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to view some of the world’s most talented designers’ collections.
Among the first to present their creations was BCBG Max Azria. The husband-and-wife design duo offered plenty of layers with a bohemian aura. There was no shortage of details and embellishments, which was inspired by the couple’s trip to the Baltic Sea. In the opening look, brown over-the-knee boots were paired with a white dress with lace up details on the sleeves, up to the neckline, down the sides, across the waist and at the bottom attached to a white fringe hem and then layered over a loose white turtleneck.
Christian Siriano, who made a name for himself after winning the fourth season of Project Runway, had no shortage of animal prints during his fall presentation. Drawing inspiration from the Congo rain forest, the 29-year-old used ostrich feathers, tiger print cashmere and floral prints to bring his inspiration to life. The designers closed his show with five attention-grabbing gowns. For these, Siriano used floral fabric in blue and warm colors like purple and brown to create dresses that were structured at the top and flowed into a ball gown bottom.
Alexander Wang presented an all-black collection with plenty of hardware to give the pieces some serious edge. The designer embellished his looks, which included sweaters, dresses and tailored blazers and jackets with chain fringe and metal snaps. Sheer chain mail skirts made their way down the runway paired with metallic nylon jackets adorned with a lavish black fur collar. One of the softest looks of the show, worn by model Kendall Jenner, was a fitted top with a flowing long black skirt that was trimmed with chain fringe.
Reem Acra created a collection that gave off a truly magical and luxurious feel. There was plenty of embroidering and lace on the runway with intricate jackets paired over super feminine dresses. The show closed with gorgeous red-carpet-worthy gowns that were already on their way to Los Angeles for awards season just hours after the show. The gowns featured a lot of bejeweling and high neck lines with no shortage of metallic embroidery.
One of the most highly anticipated shows was Altuzarra, headed by Joseph Altuzarra. Since his first collection in 2010, Altuzarra’s brand has become increasingly demanded amongst editors and celebrities, and have been constantly featured in magazine editorials. In his fall 2015 collection, Altuzarra remained true to the Altuzarra girl, a woman who is sophisticated, affluent and seductive. No Altuzarra collection is complete with his signature thigh-high slit skirts, well-tailored jackets and thigh-high boots. Several standouts in his latest collection included his structured coats with fur lapels that were so wide that it essentially draped over the model’s shoulders. Another standout included his heavy-weight pastel fur coats, which Altuzarra would pair with an A-line skirt. However, the main focus on his new collection were the runway debut of his handbags, where the designer launched a new line of tanned leather bags with braided and tasseled straps.
Another highly anticipated show was Peter Copping’s debut collection for Oscar de la Renta. Before de la Renta passed away last year, he had handpicked Copping to take over the fashion house, and Copping proved to the fashion industry that de la Renta picked the right man with his fall 2015 collection. The color palette included lots of Bordeaux, navy blue, jet black and cream — a unique color palette that is rarely used in past collections designed by de la Renta himself. Copping began his collection with his models wearing flared midi skirts, cropped tailored jackets and loose patterned blouses. Mixed prints were applied to the first half of his collection, including stripes, lace, gingham and floral. Copping then began to introduce his mini strapless dresses, and then concluded with the signature gowns.
New York Fashion Week wrapped up Feb. 19, but you can catch all looks from your favorite designers like Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, Prabal Gurung and many more online.