Of course, Prabal Gurung steals my heart every New York Fashion Week. This is a man you can rely on to put out a truly innovative collection. Prabal is somewhat of a newbie in this biz, and it seems as though he is really starting to find his groove. This season, he continued the same storyline as his previous collection as his woman continues her trek up the Himalaya mountains.
The pastel palate is always a good choice for a spring collection, and Prabal made it his own by incorporating amazing textures like ruffles, feathers, and exquisite bead work. Not to mention his new shoe collection that is to-die-for. What I enjoyed most was that the show itself was a journey. He began with flowing accents that transitioned into chunky spring knits that evolved into detailed dresses and sophisticated suits...and then ended with stunning ball gowns that are bound to be seen on every red carpet this season.
London always brings something new and exciting. It seems to be a week that I can rely on to discover a new designer and immediately fall in love - this season, I discovered Roksanda. How I never knew about this amazing talent is astonishing. We all know I am a sucker for simplicity, and someone who can take such bold color combinations and create a minimalist style absolutely has my attention.
I loved the asymmetrical peplums that revealed a pop of extra color. The matching separates were a great way to break up the color blocked pieces, and in all, this was an extremely cohesive and wearable collection. Color blocking is a trend that never seems to go out of style. For Roksanda to reinvent the wheel and show such a modern and sleek collection absolutely sold me.
With androgyny popping up in almost every aspect of the fashion industry lately, there's no surprise that the trend is growing on me. This new found love alongside my endless admiration for street style pretty much sums up the reason my pick is A.A. Antonio Azzoulo's S/S 15 show. Azzoulo, known for his specialty in mens' tailoring, played up both masculinity and femininity while remaining simple and fresh
From the styling to overall aesthetic of the models, this show was impeccably put together. I loved the pops of subtle color. It added range to a collection that still remained strongly cohesive.
London always has been and probably always will be my favorite fashion week. The little quirks and innovations of the work of British designers is something I wait anxiously for every six months. This September, Issa's pop art-inspired collection blew me away.
Like Prabal, Issa also continued on a concept that was depicted last season - the use of geometric prints. The color palette and prints were a perfectly fresh spin on the concept of pop art. I loved the texture combinations and reoccurring use organza detailing. They gave the collection a light, feminine feel.
As we did last season, we thought we'd take these looks off the beyond perfect models and recreate them using clothing from our own closets. It's such a fun challenge to take designer styling and try it out within your own wardrobe. It can really expand the way you think about getting dressed. Check out our attempts at re-creating our favorite looks:
A.A. Antonio Azzoulo: Samantha:
P.S. "The privilege of lifetime is being who you are." - Joseph Campbell