NYFW: Illustrated

“The Girls”

By Bettina Bati
In collaboration with multi talented illustrator, Justin Teodoro – choosing my favorite trends and highlighting my favorite shows wasn’t an easy task.  This season was a reminiscent feeling of many different eras, some eras when I wasn’t born yet but definitely great ones that I wish to have experienced.  “The Girls” is a collection of my favorite looks of this season of NYFW Spring Summer 2015.  It is my imagination of the “it” girls that frolic around in their Sunday (or Monday –Saturday!) best around downtown New York.  
Along with the signature wraps from DVF, utilitarian/military silhouettes from Rag and Bone, adventurous romanticism from Creatures of Comfort, and sexy fringe fest by Proenza Schouler – here are some highlights that caught my eye.  

Alexander Wang “brought it” by creating sexy silhouettes and taking us back to the early 21st century girl that oh so loved tight fitting dresses and slim high waisted trousers with a form fitted top to go with it.  At the same time Wang created somewhat of a sporty look and added in vibrant electric colors.  Needless to say, the bandage dress is back baby!  

As for Coach, repositioning of the brand apparently took place at this season’s presentation.  It wasn’t your average Coach visual – it was youthful, groovy and playful.  The appointed Creative Director, Stuart Vevers who is British wanted to highlight American culture.  He did an amazing job bringing back the late 70’s/early 80’s color palette, funky flare leg silhouette, and clunky clogs.  

On the other side of the world – clean, sophisticated, classic was what Jill Stuart was going for this season.  “It’s softer dressing” she said.  Still on the 70’s vibe but a washed-out version and completely wearable.  Some pieces, kimono-like and some slightly A-line.  Lovely is the word.  

Sticking to the 70’s vibe comes, Karen Walker.  One of my favorites.  Maybe it’s her funky fun New Zealand aesthetic, but I always seem to love all her collections.  Walker brought us the “Garden People” – a high class beauty wandering about her day in her beautiful garden in London or maybe at work on her lilac and rose bushes.  Best of all, she brought back the long lost bell bottoms.

Lastly, the impeccable design direction of the Olsens captured full A-line silhouettes and many times experimented with wrapping for Spring collection of The Row.  “Raw silk” said the Olsen twins.  Women of very few words, but it makes sense!