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Friday, February 18, 2011

Distilled: New York Fashion Week A/W '11

Here's a handy-dandy pocket guide to New York Fashion Week - Favourite runway looks, trend predictions and the stuff that didn't go over so well.  I'll be doing one for London, Milan and Paris every week so if you like this, make sure to check back next Friday for more catwalk overanalysis.

All photos from Fashion Gone Rogue, except photo 3, from Getty Images

From left to right, per row
Tartan galore: 1 - Y3, 2 - Rag& Bone, 3 - Libertine
Slick monochromatic tailoring:  4 - Jason Wu, 5 - Michael Kors, 6 - DKNY
Print clash:  7 - Proenza Schouler, 8 - Rodarte, 9 - Preen
Left-field details:  10 - Jeremy Scott, 11 - Marc Jacobs, 12 - Prabal Gurung
70's trend:  13 - Diane Von Furstenberg, 14 - Marc by Marc Jacobs, 15 - Rodarte

Trends from New York for Autumn/Winter 2010/11


  • Red - and LOTS of it.
  • Pattern clashes - intricate patterns based on maths/science (as seen on Preen with their uniform polyhedra prints)
  • Polka dots - as at Marc Jacobs.
  • Texture tastic - not only will we be mixing patterns, we'll be mixing textures as well.  As seen at Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler,
  • Thigh-high split skirts - my legs say no, but my brain says YES!
  • Sheer tights - Is it just me or are they a bit, erm, Maggie Thatcher?
  • Fur - on everything - on cuffs, on hats, skirts, everything.  I guarantee that someone will manufacture fur underpants and make a profit.  My personal stance on fur is pretty non-committal but the sheer amount of fur on the catwalks in NY seemed incredibly self-indulgent.  Some of the most original collections didn't use fur at all. 
Pic 10 - Where would we be without Jeremy Scott?  The world would be a much duller place (and Katy Perry would have a yawning chasm in her wardrobe).  I think that his collections are best viewed on individual merits.  Example; this bikini/clear mac combo.  Not something I could ever pull off in real life (and the world breathes a sigh of relief) but pair the crystal-encrusted mac with some monochrome tailoring?  WIN.
Pic 11 - Marc Jacobs also works the clear clothing look, but this blouse is much more subtle.
Pic 15 - If you can hold a pair of knitting needles, you could easily knit this Rodarte jumper.  I wonder how much the retail will be?

What were your NYFW highlights and lowlights?