The Roundup: NYFW SS15

Trend-wise, matching sets are here to stay, normcore isn’t going anywhere, and fringe is making a strong comeback. Also: layers, layers, layers.

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Clogs and flatform slippers at Coach. Also, that faux fur coat looks awfully comfy.

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Layered skirts from Rosie Assoulin, DKNY, and Zimmerman.

Now onto the more interesting stuff.

I really like Peter Som’s beauty look with the orange on the inner corner, but Nanette Lepore’s eye makeup really stopped me in my (virtual) tracks. I was probably browsing through The Man Repeller, The Coveteur, or catching up on Al Jazeera, but all of a sudden my first priority became getting a closer glimpse of this model’s face. I saved you the trouble of digging. Here it is.

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Image via The Fashion Spot

Top knot, white graphic liner, mine-but-better lips? Yes, yes, and yes.

With that out of the way, let’s return to the clothes. For me, as a not very seasoned fashion enthusiast, it was really cool to learn more about designers who weren’t doing the same old number as everybody else. The line that epitomized this for me was Chromat, who touts celebrities like Iggy Azalea, Beyonce, and Madonna as fans. What attracted me to this line is that it not only looks like something that a woman with very healthy self-image would wear, but it also reminded me of what Little Mix wore in their video for Salute. The cutouts and structure of these pieces have just the right balance of outer space vibes meets kink.

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Middle image via Yahoo UK

Chromat SS15 on the runway; Little Mix Salute music video outfits in the middle

Speaking of experimental, the lines from the rave/festival-kid-inspired MBMJ and Jeremy Scott lines blew my mind. I’ll admit that I’d grown a bit weary of Miley’s incessant Instagram posts of her “dirty hippie” crafts, but it was cool to see how her pieces complemented Jeremy Scott’s 70’s mushroom trip of a line. Over at MBMJ, Luella Bartley & Katie Hillier infused the perfect amount of rage-against-the-establishment spirit into the clothing.

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Jeremy Scott and Marc By Marc Jacobs Shows

Following the rave children we have the rock n’ rollers, presented by Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs. Tommy also carefully casted his group of models to go along with the theme of the show:

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Georgia May Jagger opened Tommy’s show; Marc Jacobs models rocked grungy looks comprised of Joey Ramone haircuts and military silhouettes

File these under: Cool Prints

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Bibhu Mohapatra’s optical illusion dress. Although I was also a fan of Carolina Herrera’s finale shattered floral dresses, here the flow of the fabric complements the print so well, and is completely mesmerizing. This seems more novel.

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Jonathan Simkhai’s shattered glass dresses and skirts went beyond the look that you get with a Sally Hansen “Special Effects” nail polish.

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Mara Hoffman said that she wanted to move away from the prints that she is so well known for, even though she couldn’t resist throwing in a few with a cool marijuana leaf print. She wanted to focus more on the overall aesthetic of the line and the MH girl. Well, she nailed it. Like Mohapatra, the image on the fabric perfectly complements its relaxed silhouette. 

Then onto comfortable, relaxed, menswear-inspired clothing, my favorite. As a self-proclaimed tomboy, these are just a few outfits I would like to have in my dream closet:

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Rag & Bone, Public School, Peter Som, Richard Chai Love, Organic by John Patrick, Adam Selman.

And although I will be the first to say that I abhor bodycon, I quite liked Alexander Wang’s (whose H&M collab is coming soon!) sneaker-inspired take.

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And lastly, at the risk of sounding like a total basic, this is everything.

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All in all, I’d say that this NYFW had a good mix of interesting looks and designers stepping outside of their usual constraints. One aspect of that is that more and more designers are beginning to move away from Lincoln Center. We also saw designers trying different ways of showcasing clothing: Gareth Pugh’s dance performance, the Opening Ceremony skit directed by Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill, Ralph Lauren’s Polo for Women 4D show (even though that technically wasn’t a runway thing), and more. I love when people break the norms! We need more of this. I just hope one day I’m fortunate enough to see these shows in person!

All images via Style.com, unless otherwise specified.

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