New York Fashion Week F/W 2015- Recap (Part One)

New York Fashion Week has officially ended as of yesterday, but the visions of uniquely contemporary designs will forever remain in our minds as we dream of what we will be wearing this fall/winter 2015. After all the shows are over and the runways have cleared, now is the time to really pinpoint which trends will truly make it to our closets, going from runway to reality.

On the runways, jewel tones defined the color concepts consistently among all the designers as well as lots of blacks, whites, and grays. We saw fur trapper hats and wide brim fedoras on models wearing ladylike silhouettes at Ralph Lauren, dark and ethereal palettes with a goth like exterior at Marc Jacobs, and most remarkably were the classic feminine prints & patterns on beautifully tailored blouses and dresses at Oscar de la Renta (taken over by creative director Peter Copping due to Oscar’s recent unexpected passing). In my opinion, Mr. de la Renta would have been proud.

Other key pieces to note were the crocodile skin kimono wrapped jacket at The Row, collegiate style varsity sweaters paired with mink skirts at Tommy Hilfiger, leather turtlenecks at Alexander Wang, and crop tops over crisp button down shirts at Thakoon.

Trends to try were elegant furs (in assorted hats, scarves, and thrown over shoulders), oversized sweaters and coats, lots of leather (cropped pants and tops), parkas worn with sequined dresses, combat boots with mini skirts, and socks with platform sandals and heels.

Below are my top looks from some of my personal favorite designers:

3.1 Phillip Lim

The piece-ier looks and fly-away straps gave way to more pulled-together but tougher-chic styles by show's end. Think Private Benjamin for '15. She'd totally wear a nylon bomber and beaded animal-print pencil skirt.

Carolina Herrera

She can do minimal, too, just put through an uber-luxurious sieve. How about a set of fire-engine red exits that centered the collection. Who else but Herrera could do a t-shirt in glossy red croc? The loose, cropped trousers worn with flat shoes felt effortless and of-the-moment. 

Victoria Beckham

There's always a frisson of sexiness that Beckham keeps in check. Things are never overt. There's balance in a pair of dresses, black and white, with high necks, cinched waists, flared skirts and flirty keyholes at the waist.

Jason Wu

Wu also smartly employed some familiar famous facesβ€”Karlie, Hanneli, et alβ€”to model, bringing an It factor to the runway, and helping make his case that he can do confident, cool, clean and covetable clothes, such as the croc skirt peaking out from under a relax-shouldered coat and sheer t-shirt. 

Vera Wang

Milly

Ralph Lauren

Monique Lhuillier

Come back tomorrow for Part Two of my New York Fashion Week F/W 2015 recap!

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