By SHELLIE FRAI
New York Fashion Week is only the first leg in a month-long extravaganza of fashion shows around the world.
Since it is the first stop, for the last couple of years it was regarded as the least impressive in comparison to the collections shown in London and Paris.
However, this year, audiences were surprised by the moving collections full of inspiring clothes that pushed boundaries and sent a message.
Established labels reinvented classic looks and emerging designers gave us reason to believe they are here to stay.
In a collection dubbed as “Americana” Raf Simmons, the new chief creative officer of the brand took the saying “what goes around comes around” to new heights.
He took inspiration from America’s diverse and chaotic fashion past filled with leather jackets, trouser suits and ribbed sweaters to create a new forward-thinking way of dress.
He restructured sweaters and added mesh detailing, put plastic covering on top of feather dresses, a gold faux fur coat and plaid coats which was surprisingly beautiful.
While some might have thought a runway show with no seats would be dreadful, Wang’s mosh-pit audience perfectly reflected his gothic, all-black collection.
His studded bags, leather pants and graphic shirts added a new tier to New York street-style.
The models stomped on the runway in patent leather boots while carrying chain-link bags that will definitely become the next it-girl accessories.
Leave it to Selman to turn a Western cowboy look into something romantic and girly.
His denim jumpsuits and rose embroidered jeans contrasted with converse and metallic sunglasses.
However, the odd pairing created a surprising and causal that can be worn for a night on the town or a day with your friends.
For those who long for the days women were ultra-feminine, this year’s Vogue contest winner is a gift to you.
The collection features knee-length dresses cinched at the waist in gingham and red fabrics.
The feminine clothes were accessorized with classic off-the shoulder fur coats and stools. At first glance the collection looks almost Italian, with their ruffled details and deep color palate.
However, there is an air of casualness to it, making it the perfect date-night attire.