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Luxury Dominates at New York Fashion Week

Remember fashion in the in the 80’s?  Big shoulders, big hair, and neon brights?  New York Fashion Week is bringing the look back this season and not cutting back on the luxe factor.  Aisling Cullen reports from the tents at Bryant Park.  

This morning Michael Kors showed a collection of understated glamour.  His strengths lie in investment pieces and the ladies who lunch who lined the front row looked eager to invest!  Though playing it safe with simple luxurious cashmere jumpers and basic sheath dresses in camel, charcoal and black, Kors also added some 80’s fun to his collection with bright neons in electric pink and fluorescent orange.  The nod to the Eighties didn’t stop with his colour palate as the models walked to the beat of the Pet Shop Boys.  Ever growing in popularity in the UK, this collection is sure to be a strong, safe commercial success.  

Recession?  What recession?  At Oscar de la Renta there was no sign of cutting back with a collection that is as luxurious as ever.  The models hair was piled high as if they were starring in Dynasty, with smoky smouldering eyes.  The silhouettes were kept soft and feminine with fitted jackets belted at the waist and full skirts taffeta and velvet.  Contrasting the feminine shapes, the colour palate was powerful with strong jewel tones clashing against each other.  Leopard print jackets added a touch of fierceness to the collection, as did his leather skirts.  Evening dresses were big and voluminous, with layered tulle skirts spilling over the runway.  

There was a British invasion at Anna Sui, with models Jourdan Dunn, Agyness Deyn and Daisy Lowe dominating the runway.  Sui’s shows are always fun, flirty and very bohemian.  This season’s influence with La Belle Epoque  - the peak of luxury living in the early 1900s.  Velvet black fitted jackets were highly embellished with beading and sequins and skirts were short and layered.  Long necklaces and jewels added sparkle to the collection.  High collars and ruffled cuffs completed the aristocratic look. Anna Sui’s didn’t abandon her signature look - everything was teamed with cowboy boots!

Aisling Cullen is the Retail Fashion Advisor for Lunson Mitchenall

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