September is the busiest month within the fashion industry, a month marking the seasonal change, the release of fashion publication's most important yearly issues and the chance for designers to showcase next season's collections. New York plays host to the first fashion week of the month, and after reviewing the week's runways, a review of my personal favourite collections from the first half of the week follow:
Florals may be a cliché motif within the Spring/Summer collections of designers, but Max Azria has tied in the pattern without discounting the relevance of the neo-futurist minimal aesthetic that dominates the fashion industry nowadays. A modern silhouette that draws on classical beauty flow throughout the collection, but still stays grounded with the right amount of florals.
There was one colour that stood out amongst the collections in New York that ultimately may start a trend - Green. Tess Giberson's abundance of green throughout her collection brought this tough colour to wear, especially for women, to the forefront once again. The deconstruction of wools, sombre cubist patterns and relaxed feel of the clothing effectively brings the colour in with no effort.
Cushnie Et Ochs
Cushnie Et Ochs have shown a sultry and sophisticated collection, focused on not only on accentuating the female form, but the careful consideration of fabrics and weaving within the garments themselves. A discreet colour palette of greys and whites are perfect in emphasizing the quality of the fabrics and the fact that these dresses would look tantalising even on a hanger.
It's no secret that Helmut Lang is one of my favourite labels, and the artistic vision of wearability which I'm so fond of has continued into their latest collection. The dresses are revealing without being tacky, the use of black and white is strategic and the use of sheer and origami like construction of the garments is truly unapologetic. The collection is the refinement of effortless, New York style, and is able to be worn by a variety of fashion-conscious women.
Images courtesy of Fashionising