AMER­I­CAN GR AF­FITI New York Fash­ion Week shone its bright lights on what’s in and what’s out this sea­son. By Sharmita Sum­mugam.

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The stage was set, and a scene of trend­set­ters de­scended upon the streets of New York like bees to honey or fash­ion­istas to Proenza Schouler’s much-loved ‘Lunch Bags’, as Spring/Sum­mer ’15 com­menced with a pow­er­ful, eclec­tic nod to the Sev­en­ties. The in­tox­i­cat­ing thrill of walk­ing into the Fash­ion Week venues was height­ened by mind­blow­ing sets. Marc Ja­cobs’s pink wooden house was in­ge­nious, with the cat­walk curved around the house. The en­tire show was not only vis­ually stim­u­lat­ing but vis­ceral with the added el­e­ment of head­phones that ev­ery­one had to put on be­fore the show. It was a bril­liantly ex­e­cuted col­lec­tion that in­cluded cargo pock­ets, mil­i­tary greens, and sol­dier­like jack­ets with large but­tons.

Ja­cobs was not the only one to tell a story via in­cred­i­ble drama­ti­sa­tion. Ralph Lau­ren treated ev­ery­one to a 4D spec­ta­cle in Cen­tral Park; Gareth Pugh in­dulged fans with an artis­tic dance per­for­mance; and Open­ing Cer­e­mony put on a one-act play at the Metropoli­tan Opera House, di­rected by Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill, star­ring Elle Fan­ning, Rashida Jones, and Dree Hem­ing­way.

Aside from the the­atri­cal ex­trav­a­ganza, the spirit of the ’70s echoed through­out Fash­ion Week all over the world, and it be­gan in New York with Coach, Derek Lam, Anna Sui, and Alice + Olivia in­spired by the decade. Diane von Fursten­berg made ging­ham cool again, as suede jump­suits, fringe, cro­chet knit, spliced fab­rics, and un­even hem­lines ruled NYFW.

On a sad note, there was the fi­nal col­lec­tion by the leg­endary Os­car de la Renta, who once said “We live in an era of the woman. Never in the his­tory of the world have women been more in con­trol of their des­tiny.” Lus­ciously fem­i­nine and play­ful, mod­els Kar­lie Kloss and Malaika Firth walked down the run­way in sum­mery prints of flow­ers and leaves with an added pizzazz of feath­ers, stripes, and ging­ham. The show ended with sig­na­ture Os­car de la Renta swirly dresses and the designer tak­ing his fi­nal bow. Truly, a col­lec­tion to re­mem­ber. Diane von Fursten­berg Spring/ Sum­mer ’15

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