Oscar De La Renta
Puffed hemlines, ruffles and sequins galore, Oscar De La Renta’s collection was undoubtedly a party one, with a joyful runway of dresses, strapless tops and tailored trousers that were striking yet wearable. It was Bella Hadid who stole the show, closing with a bright cerise, feather adorned hooded cape that, naturally, became an instant Instagram favourite.
If you thought sexy and functional were mutually exclusive, Proenza Schouler proved just the opposite, with knitted dresses and double-breasted coats given a sensual spin with off shoulder detail and injections of leather. The standout look was a blazer reimaged as a strapless top, complete with gold buttons and leather pockets.
Tory Burch’s AW20 collection was characteristically feminine, with plenty of pleats and floral prints all modern women will want to wear from the office to off duty. One of the more accessible collections at Fashion Week, our favourite looks included an organza pussybow, a candy pink knit layered over a printed skirt.
Brand of the moment Khaite’s AW20 show was hotly anticipated, and the cool girl, grungy vibe appeared straight out of a hazy New York club. Smokey eyes and chipped nail polish accompanied square necklines, tulle and animal print, making for a truly eclectic collection.
the STREET STYLE
New Yorkers are famed for their cool nonchalance, and the street style pack followed suit with a pared back palette of white, beige and black. Executed with structured tailoring, chunky knits and floaty skirts, their laidback looks provided a refreshing antidote to the sartorial peacocking seen in previous seasons.
As Megan Schaefer proved with Ulla Johnson’s fringe sweater, sometimes knitwear is too good to hide under a coat.
From mannish coats to matching suits, tailoring was the name of the game with neutrals reigning supreme. The seasonless favourite reinforced the shift away from trend-led dressing - making it an easy one to replicate.
Moda Operandi fashion & buying director Lisa Aiken is always one to watch for the next ‘it’ bag. And unlike last season’s micro purses and Bottega’s slouchy Pouch, Staud’s Moon bag offers a cool contrast that’s both practical in size and a striking, structured shape.
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