HILE we’ve been battling Storm Aileen with her 70mph winds and torrential downpours, in a sunny New York our American cousins have spent the past few days finding out what we will be wearing next spring and summer.
New York Fashion Week which has been taking place in venues across a rather balmy looking Big Apple kicked off a month of international fashion weeks (by the time you read this London will already be underway. We’ll dissect that next weekend).
Typically the more classic, sophisticated and understated (ie. wearable) of the four fashion weeks, Tom Ford, Adam Selman, Kate Spade, Jason Wu, Philipp Plein, Calvin Klein, Prabal Gurung, Oscar de la Renta and American industry giants Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors, were among the designers showing off their collections.
Tom Ford’s runway show was breathtaking, harking back to his sexy Nineties aesthetic of sexy dresses, short shorts and sequins, while Ralph Lauren went all-out for his presentation, shipping guests an hour north of Manhattan to showcase his men’s and womenswear collections inside the garage which is home to his extensive collection of prestige cars.
There models including Taylor Hill, Kendall Jenner and the Hadid sisters gingerly sashayed between Porsches, Ferraris, Jaguars and Alfa Romeos. As you would.
The legendary designer – worth some £4.4bn – said his cars have “always been an inspiration to me. I see them as moving art”.. Yeah Ralph, and I see them as showing off.
Back in the city, there was petrol power on the runway for Rihanna who exited her Fenty x Puma show – a riot of bright sports and streetwear modelled by a whole host of past and present Victoria’s Secret favourites – on the back of a motorcross bike.
Elsewhere, Helmut Lang, a label known for sleek, sexy minimal designs and now in the hands of designer Shayne Oliver, presented some alarming looks including oversized and ill-fitting bras worn by both male and female models. Still that sort of thing barely warrants a raised eye brow in fashion circles these days.
More shocking was the sight of the usually never knowingly under-dressed Victoria Beckham at the end of her show wearing just a white T-shirt and ‘mom’ jeans.
Yet, in among all the ballgowns, blinging looks and bared boobs, it was a brand I’d never heard of before that really caught my eye in New York. On Tuesday, Brooklyn-based label Vaquera closed its show with this towelling robe-meetsbridal gown hybrid.
When the rain is lashing the windows and your shoes have been soggy for days, that is the kinda dress a girl needs...