The spring 15 catwalk season kicked off in New York at the end of last week, with highlights from this weekend including Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang and DKNY.
Ahead of her first store launch on London’s Dover Street this autumn, Victoria Beckham continues to surprise us, moving further and further away from the signature figure-hugging body-con dresses that defined her early fashion career. Slick and simple best summarises this collection, with a minimalist military feel from patch pockets, epaulets and strict belted details on dresses and wrapped coats. It once again fell in the middle ground where Beckham is finding success - easy, wearable clothes with enough of an edge to make them cool and covetable.
Alexander Wang returned to the sexy street style that transformed him into a household names. Tight and sporty mini dresses came engineered around the body in bright acid orange, lime green and vibrant blue, while the designer breathed life into tight high-waisted trousers (a trend to watch), teamed with light barely-there tops and sporty cropped raglan sleeve bomber-style jackets.
One of New York’s most promising labels, especially following last year’s investment from luxury conglomerate Kering, Joseph Altuzarra confirmed why his eponymous label is the name to know. Combining an effortless ladylike vibe with a modern sexy edge, gingham dresses came wrapped and slit, revealing a flash of thigh, while pretty blouses were given an edge with latticed leather layers.
Trends to watch from Diane Von Furstenberg include the use of gingham (also seen at Altuzarra), demure knee-skimming skirts given extra swish when wrapped and layered, racy thigh high skirt slits and even higher high-waisted trousers, this time with a kicky flare.
Colour and pattern gave a youthful feel to DNKY, with retro stripes and simple geometrics clashing across full a-line midi skirts, wrapped tops and maxi length T-shirt dresses in sporty foamy fabrics.
This season Donatella Versace enlisted Anthony Vaccarello to design her Versus Versace diffusion line, the range created by a new up-and-coming name each season which is then immediately available for customers to buy. It was classic Versace, with oversized power shoulders on blazers and jackets, sexy black mini dresses strewn with Liz Hurley-style pinned slits and slashes, and sheer panelling trimming hems and writhing around skimpy tops and dresses.