NYFW 2016

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After contemplating whether or not I should even write a post about New York Fashion Week this year, I knew that I would be completely fawning over the runway shows regardless. So I decided to write a post anyway!

I have recently been straying away from writing about fashion simply because my interest in it has begun to slowly disappear. Despite this, I can’t help but view Fashion Week as a pop culture event, and I can never get enough popular culture.

This year had some interesting moments. Christian Siriano made a statement (without saying anything at all) by featuring plus sized models in his collection. He was later questioned about it and responded along the lines of “it shouldn’t be something surprising – this is how women look.”

I think my interest in fashion has decreased a lot recently because I have continued to view the fashion industry as aa world where women are constantly being valued by their appearance and nothing but. However, Fashion Week is a time for designers to showcase their creativity – and said creativity never disappoints. It’s obvious that the business needs some work in regards to representation, but progress is being made.

Here are some of my favorite moments from NYFW. And by moments, I mean I had a ridiculously hard time narrowing it down to anything less than the following looks.

Tuesday, September 6

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Rebecca Minkoff

A lone favorite from the opening day of NYFW was Rebecca Minoff’s collection. While it seems like floral is going to be big this spring, (do they ever die?) I enjoy the collections sense of ease and comfort without it being sloppy. Effortlessly chic and timeless. Please give me that romper!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 7

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Whit

I found this collection’s structure and architecture in a league of its own and I am absolutely obsessed with the patterns that are featured in the three looks above. There’s something eye catching about the tension that each piece brings but it works with the simple shoe.

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Hervé Leger by Max Azria

I’m going to admit that initially, I didn’t like this collection. Something about it is sort of too Kardashian for me, and I’m struggling to decide what I think about it as I type this. But I appreciate the cutouts – something that will never go out of style in my opinion, and the dress on the right is absolutely amazing.

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Camilla and Marc

This is probably one of my favorite collections of the week – prairie goth is honestly my dream aesthetic. I am blown away by these pieces’ ability to look so timeless  yet have an edge to them because of the hairstyles and the neutral makeup. Something about having the white dress go with the black booties just pulls it all together for me.

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Wendy Nichol

Something about this collection screams Twin Peaks meets Witch and I hope someone who decides to read this understands what I mean. I think it’s the metallic, shiny material of the jacket and the spaghetti straps on the middle dress – very 90s meets Blair Witch. Give me that jacket and I will never complain about Chicago rain ever again.

Thursday, September 8

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Gary Graham

I find this collection to be easily comparable to Camilla and Marc above – even though they are obviously different. I am definitely on the fence about body chains? Are they called that? That are pictured in the first look but something about how the styling was done for this collection really made me love all of the looks.

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Marissa Webb

Two words: leather pants. What more can you ask for? I am absolutely in love with these looks and I love the combination of masculine and feminine that is featured throughout the collection. I think it’s also important to note that all three collections above would be flattering on any body type which is an important aspect that designers should continue to consider when they’re designing clothes for women.

Friday, September 9

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Cushnie et Ochs

Two things that I will forever love and cherish: jumpsuits and cutouts. And these looks have both! I am obsessed with the colors that were featured in this collection (and I usually hate orange), but I think the designer did a really great job with balancing each design aspect to make a very cohesive, wearable collection.

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Tadashi Shoji

One of my favorite designers has done it again. I can’t even begin to describe how much I love these looks. One thing I am sort of critical about is that the collection as a whole isn’t super cohesive, but I guess that’s not necessarily a guideline and can be a little bit limiting. Overall I would love to see any of these looks on the red carpet in 2017.

Saturday, September 10

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Banana Republic

I think I say this nearly every time that I write about Banana Republic: despite the massive amount of preppy that is always embedded in their collections: I always love them! I am super invested in this Audrey Hepburn esque aesthetic (see: black and white checkered dress) and I love acting like I can afford any of these clothes when I know I can’t.

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Christian Siriano

Ugh. Obsessed with these looks and love that they are non body type specific. The color palette is so nice for spring (that blue is GORGEOUS) and I love the swing and the movement that are visible in each piece while still having structure in the pieces.

Sunday, September 11

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Jenny Packham

I have a love/hate relationship with lace. Sometimes it can look so tacky and other times it just works so well. This confuses me because I want my wedding dress to be lace. Anyway, I have really been loving Jenny Packham’s recent collections and I find the contrast between city and beachside very interesting in this collection. I also usually despise orange and that dress is beautiful!

Tuesday, September 13

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Alice + Olivia

One of my favorite designers on the planet! I usually tend to stray away from prints but something about these looks make me wish I could pull them off when I go to class. The idea of wearing an outfit that looks effortless but is so put together is a life goal of mine and I feel like Alice + Olivia ALWAYS pulls that off in their collections. I love the headbands, too.

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Yigal Azrouel

How cool do you have to be to wear these clothes? Way cooler than I am. There’s nothing more that I strive to be than a girl who can pull off any of these looks above. I am obsessed with dresses that have sheer panelling like the one above and that leather jacket is seriously the most badass thing I have ever seen. And olive green is one of my favorite colors to wear. What more do I need?

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Reem Acra

If you’ve read any of my previous posts about Fashion Week, you know that Reem Acra can  honestly do no wrong in my eyes. LOOK AT THAT DRESS ON THE RIGHT. Can that please be my wedding dress? I am getting total Serena Van Der Woodsen vibes from this collection and absolutely need Gossip Girl to be revived so I can see her wearing all of these looks for the rest of eternity.

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Naeem Khan

This is so opposite of what I thought Naeem Khan was going to pull off this year at Fashion Week but I am so here for it. I am fascinated with the use of color and especially print. I am obsessed with long sleeved dresses and he did an amazing job crafting them without losing any sexiness.

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Brandon Maxwell

If the name Brandon Maxwell sounds familiar, it’s because he’s one of the most up and coming fashion designers out there right now – and he’s also friends with Lady Gaga and is highly praised by her basically every day. His collection as a whole is probably my favorite that I’ve seen this year for Spring 2017 and I love his ability to make simple clothing without making it boring. P.S. can’t you see Taylor Swift wearing any of these looks above?

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Marchesa

Last, but certainly not least: Marchesa. There’s not much I can say but holy crap, these gowns are unbelievably beautiful. Can Lorde please make her return to the music business and only wear these fairy dresses? I’m ready for it.

There you have it! After going through countless amounts of collections at Fashion Week, these are the ones I decided are my favorite. If you made it through this entire post, thank you SO much for giving me your attention!

All photos are from Vogue.com.

Kristin

 

 

 

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