Nicholas K. truly kicked off NYFW proper, with lots of layering and camouflage neutrals – from bomber jackets and anoraks to flowing autumnal dresses – all in the usual edgy, downtown style that’s so synonymous with the label.
Although one of the fashion big hitters from the opening of NYFW, BCBG Max Azria (who styled their “Une Femme Dangereuse” collection with leather harnesses over the demure and elegant dresses) was not ultimately my favourite of Day One.
Richard Chai Love’s collection came a close runner-up – with sparks of colour amongst loose and confident styles – it was Tadashi Shoji [featured] who wins my favourite of Day One. From East to West and back, Shoji took the fashion elite along a “modern Silk Road”.
Beginning in Italy – dresses, skirts, cap-sleeve gowns with Venetian embroidered lace – Shoji used colour to invoke each destination. Iridescent blues, red, oranges and greens, blended with bold blacks and soft nudes. Viewers were shown elements of Kazakhstan and the Gobi Desert in Chantilly lace, and finished the journey in Xi’an, ancient capital of China, with ethereal tulle and silk gowns.
Sounds dreamy? Welcome to Tadashi Shoji – my favourite of Day One!