Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, J. Mendel, Christian Siriano, Ralph Rucci, and Tory Burch won us over with their show-stopping spring lines.
This season’s New York Fashion Week was pure eye candy. With over 250 designers showing, spring’s designs gave us all something to lust after during the long winter months.
Pattern. Gingham was the trend to beat on the runway. Everywhere from Altuzarra, Diane Von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, and Michael Kors, gingham was a staple print from day suits to evening wear separates.
Diane Von Furstenberg at the S/S 2015 NY Fashion Week
Candy stripes were another popular pattern that we’re likely to see everywhere this spring. Bright, saturated hues ribboned together into bands of thin and thick stripes created a carnival-like effect. Seen at a number of shows, DKNY did these stripes especially well, giving us a sweet taste of what’s to come.
Geometric prints, which have been popular for several seasons, were also big. What set this spring’s geometric patterns apart from other seasons is the way in which many designers are using these prints to create bold texture. This was especially prevalent at the Tanya Taylor and Tory Burch shows.
Tory Birch at the S/S 2015 NY Fashion Week
We’re most excited about spring’s floral photo trend. A number of designers took what looked like photographs of flowers and created bold patterns and bright floral motifs. While we’re lusting after Carolina Herrera’s entire spring collection, her pieces with these prints were to die for. Similar to Gerard Richter paintings, many of the flowers she used looked like moving and interrupted photographs.
Styles. Crop tops and midriff-bearing ensembles were everywhere. If you were hoping this was a fad, you’re out of luck. There were two new takes on this trend that diverged from the crop tops of seasons past. In one take, bralette styles exposed even more midriff. These were often paired with high-waisted skirts and hip-length jackets. The second style showed loose fitting crop tops over matching high-waisted skirts – a great style for the office.
Jeremy Scott at the S/S 2015 NY Fashion Week
Jeremy Scott and Tory Burch devoted much of their shows to the nineteen-sixties and seventies looks – a prominent fall trend that will continue into spring. Tory Burch took on striped collars, mustard yellows, and hippy tribal prints, giving her show a hint of the era. Jeremy Scott went full throttle with patchwork, psychedelic floral motifs, printed pop-culture references, and hippy-go-lucky baby doll dresses.
Texture. Fringe was big at several shows, but Proenza Schouler left a lasting impression with their elegant fringe that seemed to be a natural extension of the garment through the use of woven fabrics.
Proenza Schouler at the S/S 2015 NY Fashion Week
One of our favorite highlights from one of our favorite shows was the eyelet florals seen at Oscar de la Renta. So ladylike and so beautifully tailored, his collection was by far one of the most impressive. He flawlessly combined some of spring’s biggest trends, including crop tops, gingham, sheer, and eyelet to create stunning ensembles that felt like the definition of spring 2015.
Oscar de la Renta at the S/S 2015 NY Fashion Week
Fabric manipulation was huge on this runway. From ironing into stiff pieces, to creating geometric sewn-in shapes, designers took it to the next level. Ralph Rucci was masterful at this; on one model an entire jacket was crafted from what looked like swirls of yellow ribbon. On other models entire garments were overlapped with what looked like origami.
Carolina Herrera and Christian Siriano also embraced fabric manipulation. In one dress, Herrera took a large flower photo motif, laid it across a white a-line evening gown, and did the unthinkable – cut the skirt into tiny little angular shapes and pasted them back together. It worked exquisitely. It was eye, catching, original, modern, and elegant. Siriano, for his part, layered on structural ruffled hemlines, creating huge flower-petal shapes in his designs.
Color. As per usual in spring, white and neutrals were really big. Ralph Lauren gave this look a much-needed update by pairing eye-popping colors with olive greens, camels, and taupey golds.
Ralph Lauren at the S/S 2015 NY Fashion Week
One of the warmest, friendliest shades on the runway was buttercup yellow, as seen at Nanette Lepore and Carolina Herrera. We also really loved how J. Mendel breathed new life into spring’s traditional citrus colors by pairing lime and lemon colors with black and white patterns, which felt refreshing and modern.
From left to right: J. Mendel and Carolina Herrera at the S/S 2015 NY Fashion Week
Shades of aquatic blue could be seen prominently at Christian Siriano, and a large portion of the Calvin Klein Collection was devoted to the hue. We think this color is going to dominate this spring, especially since Pantone’s Spring 2015 color report features blue in five out of its ten shades for spring.
Calvin Klein at the S/S 2015 NY Fashion Week