The word out of New York Fashion Week is the future looks bright.
Bold patterns. Florals up the wazoo. Lots of shimmer and sparkle. Happy yet? You should be.
According to fashion forecasting service WGSN, many designers looked to nature for inspiration in creating their spring/summer collections.
“We will see an abundance of of tropical prints and lush greens, bright citrus shades and sunset-inspired palettes,” read a WGSN report handed out to the well- and high-heeled crowd at Lincoln Center.
Not much of a stretch, folks. Think tropical. Think perennial vacation. Think South Florida.
Celebrity stylist Brad Goreski was bowled over by what he witnessed on the runways.
“I’m loving these collections!” said the It’s a Brad, Brad World star, who used to work for Rachel Zoe. “We’re seeing a lot of soft colors: really soft nudes, lots of cream, white and injections of color.”
Seemingly, the head honcho among the myriad pastels out there is yellow. Some of the haute-est labels sent out models in variations of the optimistic shade. Jeremy Scott, whose current muse is Miley Cyrus, paired a skulled-out maxiskirt with a lemony bikini top. It was an outfit straight out of Ocean Drive.
In his program. Phillip Lim went with calling the shade of the moment “canary,” “mimosa” and “light gold.” Angel Sanchez was all about airy silhouettes using such fabrics such as organza, chiffon and silk crepe.
Garden party, anyone? Oscar de la Renta wants in. The fashion legend took the floral theme to new heights, literally — adorning the runway with a huge, gorgeous bouquet and embroidering one dress with daisies. Michael Kors chose marigolds. Thakoon, palm fronds. Carolina Herrera, orchids. OK, we’re sensing a theme, and it smells wondrous.
Miami Beach fashion blogger Ginger Fulkerson Harris was impressed by the feminine, springy looks, especially the boho looks from BCBG. The label’s designer, Lubov Azria, said she was inspired by the dazzling rugs from her favorite store, ABC Carpet & Home, in Manhattan. Hey, whatever works.
Harris also liked the toned-down pieces via Public School, founded by designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, who used to have a boutique called Arrive in SoBe.
“There was a lot of black and white, clean lines with an occasional pop of cobalt blue,” Harris said of the presentation by Public School, which recently won the highly competitive Council of Fashion Designers of America menswear award and opened their label up to ladies.
Harris saw other trends that remained from last year. One major glam one was shimmery and sheer fabrics, seen at shows including Custo Barcelona, Badgley Mischka, Milly and Real Housewives fave Naeem Khan, who has a home in Miami.
Another surprising trend afoot, although decidedly non-springy, is military, e.g., the drab, khaki one-pieces by Marc Jacobs; retro cargo pants from Ralph Lauren; and a boxy, barracks-ready pantsuit, albeit with splashes of pink, from Victoria Beckham. Oh, and get ready for cross body bags, which are a little bit Army-Navy store, a little bit Naked and Afraid.
“It’s weird,” Harris said. “We are used to seeing outwardly flowy, fun looks for spring. And this is stuff we would normally see for fall. I guess designers want to change things up. Or maybe it has something to do with the weather. Winter lasted longer last year, and it was still cold in the spring. Well, up north, anyway.”