New York Fashion Week: February 17
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: bold looks rooted in girl power at MARC BY MARC JACOBS, a ’70s Moroccan fantasy from Tory Burch, modern minimalism at Narciso Rodriguez and the bittersweet passing of the torch at the always lovely, classically feminine Oscar de la Renta show.
MARC BY MARC JACOBS
Fashion Office Bottom Line: Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley’s injection of uber-cool London street style shows no sign of slowing down. A fast, upbeat mash-up of looks referencing such disparate elements as Scottish plaids, ’80s graphics, patchwork denim and Victorian furnishing prints made for an energetic show with plenty of edge.
Fashion Office Bottom Line: Tory Burch delivered another collection that plays to her continuing love of rich pattern, print and embellishment. The overall silhouette was heavily ’70s-influenced—a recurring theme of the season—and deco-geometric patterns mingled with gorgeous prints and accents that echoed the surrounding decor. Tall boots or accented mules styled with ribbed socks grounded many of the looks.
Fashion Office Bottom Line: Narciso Rodriguez stayed true to his well-established formula of sharply minimal tailoring with a sleek, lean and athletic edge. The largely monochromatic palette was given a fresh edge with apricot and orange.
Oscar de la Renta
Fashion Office Bottom Line: Peter Copping’s debut for Oscar de la Renta was a gorgeous love letter to the brand’s tradition of feminine, uptown chic while also injecting an element of his own slightly more relaxed and ‘undone’ style. This collection is sure to keep the legion of ODLR ladies very happy while simultaneously attracting a younger generation. As expected, the standouts were the couture levels of beading, appliqué and embellishment. Pure sophistication.
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