It’s almost a no-brainer which collection was my favourite collection from New York Fashion Week on Day Three. But we’ll save that for later. At Monique Lhuillier they showed abstract digital prints on structured peplum dresses, cropped jackets and pencil skirts.
Winner of Project Runway and my favourite up-and-coming designer, Christian Siriano, showed a softer collection to his normal bright and bold style. A collection that transitions seamlessly from day to night, it was inspired by ballet – specifically, The Dream by the American Ballet Theatre – and created in pastels of pink, blue, and white. Embellishment was kept to the shoes – apart from the odd gown with pearls and feathers – from studded loafer-pumps, metallic brogues, pointy toe satin or metallic heels with little bows on the back.
From the first – a short-sleeved top and ankle-length trousers with diamond print – to the last, it was reminiscent off-duty dancers, down to the topknot hairdos. It was elegant as opposed to statement, with collared dresses, sky blue prints with brushes of red, silver metallic to silken floor-length gowns. You can head over to Vogue to view the collection here.
And now to my pick of Day Three! At Alexander Wang, the astounding Liberty Ross made her surprise catwalk return in a hooded pullover windbreaker, which is just one of the highlights. Leather mixed with cotton was the backdrop to a sharp collection of bold, statement pieces in one of Alexander Wang’s best collections yet. White T-shirt dresses had crossed panels or zipper details, blending the two materials in chic minimalistic style.
Exposed seams were taken a new level across dresses, blouses and skirts, with a look of barely-finished, loose stitching. Bands of material, loosely stitched together, created zebra stripe effects. The flashes of flesh never became vulgar, and the sense of humour that Alexander Wang is so good for came through in perfectly dosed waves.
Accessories were knee-high boots from belts of fabric and netted beach bags with stingray details. Aside from the surprise appearance from Liberty Ross, the finale really did steal the show; the models, head to toe in white, were plunged into darkness, revealing that their outfits were glow-in-the-dark.