New York Fashion Week is over but that doesn’t mean I’m ready to stop talking about it. And also last night I had a dream that I was back in high school and was wearing one of those cropped leopard print jackets from Ralph Lauren and my English teacher was like “You’ll definitely win best dressed this year, Zelda Fitzgerald” (yeah, I don’t know). So then I got to thinking, remember how awkward and sometimes humiliating high school superlatives were? Wouldn’t that make for an awesome blogpost?!?
*For the record, I never won best dressed and I’m still sort of not over it.
A look at some of the best and worst from NYFW:
Who you should have paid more attention to: Brood
This was the first season Brood designer Serkan Sarier hit the fashion week circuit, and there was something about the geometric shapes and urban silhouettes in purples and blues that held my fast attention. He understands that most women want to look effortless, and this collection screams, “Look I’m barely trying!” Definitely one to keep an eye on.
Who you paid too much attention to: Alexander Wang
I get it. Alexander Wang is the coolest and everyone loves him, etc., etc. But given the huge success of his last few collections, I was expecting something big–REALLY big–from the all-star this time around (he didn’t even have beer pong at his after party this year). And while I certainly agree that mesh sportswear has its place, mesh turtlenecks leave me less than convinced.
Most fun to look at: Jeremy Scott
If there’s one thing Jeremy Scott is good at, it’s being outrageous. Between the 90s Internet memes, rainbow wigs and Lisa Frank stickers, what’s NOT to love? Just don’t try this at home.
Best comeback: Catherine Malandrino
For a while Catherine Malandrino was one of my favorite designers because we had the same name sort of. But then I stopped paying attention because what was the last cool thing Catherine Malandrino even did? Didn’t she lose a ton of money and close all her stores? Regardless, this season’s collection was all about redemption. Full of bright colors and unexpected materials, it captured a fun downtown vibe with an extra bit of sleek sophistication.
Most likely to end up on the red carpet: Naeem Khan
Though I personally thought J. Mendel presented the best when it comes to glitz and glamour, Hollywood’s starlets will all be flocking to Naeem Khan. Always a safe bet when it comes to award seasons, he packed the runway with gleaming metallics, plunging necklines and unexpected prints ready for a hot minute on the red carpet.
Most likely to end up on The Sartorialist: Proenza Schouler
Having a PS1 is cool and all, but if you want to be a street style star this year, it’s time to take things up a notch and invest in a new It Bag–the Proenza Schouler Akira satchel. Putting a literal twist on fashion roadkill (that’s deer skin you’re seeing), the bag is already up for pre-order, provided you have $4500 lying around.
Most unique venue: Moncler Grenoble
From Marc Jacobs’ Dickensian backdrop to Tommy Hilfiger’s recreation of Bryant Park, there were a lot of top contenders for “most creative runway show.” But why have a runway show when you could send models out on ice skates? Moncler Grenoble invaded Wolman Rink in Central Park–no easy feat–to show off his Aspen-ready winterwear, using the city as a backdrop. And also ice skating is fun.
Best ugly pretty: Marc Jacobs
The Marc Jacobs fall collection was spectacular, mostly because it was completely unwearable, unless of course you want to add another 20 pounds to your hips and completely lose your frame in overly chunky knits. Ugly pretty at its finest.
Best pretty ugly: Thom Browne
I actually really liked Thom Browne’s fall collection. He adapted his bulky linebacker menswear silhouette into a ready-to-wear hodgepodge of grey. But the chances of me ever slapping a fake fox onto the front of my colorless table cloth dress are slim.
And so, NYFW, farewell. It is time for me to fill my brain with other important things like volcano dresses and lavender lipstick. This look in particular.