High Fashion Brands – New York Fashion Week

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“Brands currently showing at one of the world’s four major fashion weeks, in Paris, Milan, London, and New York” (Wikipedia).

I just spent a weekend at NYFW and wrote a number of posts describing the designs I saw there. But you’re a regular person who shops at Target and the Gap and you’re wondering why in the world should you care about what is presented on the runway. It’s not like you or I can afford those clothes and some of them are so out there, you can’t imagine seeing that model hop off the runway and walk down Main Street in that outfit. Her nipples are showing after all.

This is the perfect answer for why those designs from high fashion brands end up in our closets, whether we invite them in or resist them:

“This…Stuff”? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select, I don’t know that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you are trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, its not turquoise. It’s not lapis. Its actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent – wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and its sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact you’re wearing a sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff. 

Miranda Priestly, from The Devil Wears Prada

So based on what I saw last weekend at NYFW I can tell you that you can expect to see a lot of textured fabrics. Velvet, lace, jacquard, fur, and metallics were ubiquitous. Feminine details such as ruffles, cutouts, sheers and embroideries are also prevalent this season.

Click the pictures for a detail review of each collection:


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