To my fellow fashionistas, you probably know this is the best time of the year; Fashion Week has finally arrived. Four weeks, the top four of the world’s fashion capitals and the top-line designers. In New York, London, Milan and Paris, names like Chanel, Dior, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Minkoff and more will be releasing their women’s spring/summer collections. You can even check out Snapchat stories to watch footage from each fashion show.
The event kicked off in NYC on Feb. 11 and the first show was at 8 p.m. EST with VFILES MADE FASHION. Their line is loud and bold. Up until Feb. 19, Richard Chai, Tome, Rebecca Minkoff and Michael Kors debuted their lines. Among these renowned designers were some not-so-familiar names that also put their clothing lines out and made their imprint on the fashion world.
An interesting part of the lineup was the Academy of Art Institute. Since 2005, students and recent graduates of the Academy of Art Institute have been able to showcase their work in the hopes of getting a start on their careers in the fashion industry. This program is similar to St. Bonaventure’s journalism and mass communication capstone projects.
“We are committed to helping our students launch their careers, and as a part of that commitment we are thrilled to give students the opportunity to present their work to industry professionals during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.” -Dr. Elisa Stephens, Academy of Art Institute President.
After NYFW came to a close, the second week of the event began in London. The London shows are my personal favorites because of the bigger designers like Paul Smith, Burberry and Alexander White. Looking at the replays of the shows from London, there’s a stronger sense of creativity than the New York shows.
What I don’t like about LFW is that it’s always shorter than others; it ran from Feb. 20 to 24. Many celebrities attended this fashion week including Taylor Swift, Kanye, Kim and North West, Sam Smith and, of course, Kendall Jenner, who modeled in Michael Kors’ show in NYC.
After London’s Fashion Week came to a close, Milan picked up. The Milan shows will include a couple of my favorites such as Fendi and Prada. After Milan, the event continues onto Paris, and unfortunately ends there. These four weeks of fashion are wrapping up fast. Be sure to take notes on the upcoming trends.
Top 5 Picks
1. Margaret Howell –
Howell is known for its vintage inspired pieces. However, this spring the vintage style was emphasized even more than in past collections. Overalls and high-waisted shorts were recurring pieces in this show. Howell’s spring collection also features a lot of oversized pieces and neutral colors. My favorite piece from her collection is this polka dot romper; perfect for a day at the beach or walking around town. This piece feels the most spring-like and ready-to-wear compared to her other looks.
2. Rebecca Minkoff –
Minkoff took a more free spirited, yet edgy approach this season. This spring collection used a lot of blues, teals, and whites in paler hues. Minkoff’s collections show consistency with fabrics and colors, nothing too outrageous, which is why I like them. One of my favorite looks is this white and blue dress with a crisscross neckline. My favorite features are the pockets, which are a welcomed edition that most women find essential.
3. David Koma –
Koma’s fabric of choice this season was leather, which makes his pieces pop. The silhouette shapes are also very consistent. Koma’s spring collection brings a bright color palette of yellow and blue along with some black and white. There are so many pieces I love from this collection, but if I have to pick just one it’s this bright blue dress, with a slim fit and zigzag cutout in the front. The cutout is just the right amount of detail to keep this dress from being boring, and isn’t too overboard as to make the dress unrealistic for the everyday woman.
4. Dennis Basso –
Basso is notorious for using fur in the majority of his pieces. In each piece from his collections there is either a fur detail, sometimes around the arms or the collar, or a full-on fur piece, like a jacket or dress. He also uses a lot of lace this season. This collection portrays the classy woman in both floor-length and shorter dresses. This dress is my favorite look of the collection. The length is just right – not down to the floor and not scandalously short. It also features my favorite essential: pockets. The lace trim at the collar and bottom of the dress make it a fun, classy option for spring or summer.
5. Jay Godfrey –
This season, Godfrey’s designs were form fitting and flattering to women’s bodies. His signature medium is silk and with vibrant colors, his pieces make a statement. For this spring collection, many of his looks featured pink, purple and gray florals. I loved his entire collection, so it was hard for me to choose just one look. However, I decided on this floral print dress with a high collar, closing like a choker on the neck. The thigh-high leg slit, which was seen in many of this season’s collections, added some sexiness to the otherwise regal piece. This dress is so elegant that I want it for myself – if only I had the money!
Julia Rodriguez, staff writer