The Drapers take on New York’s key womenswear shows and top trends to watch so far, including Victoria Beckham, Givenchy and Tommy Hilfiger.
Victoria Beckham’s new push on print and pattern
Gone are the severely sexy body-con colour-blocked mini dresses of Victoria Beckham’s early collections. For spring, the main message was new long and loose dresses with a relaxed ease. Even newer for Beckham was the mix and match of print and pattern – plaid chopped into contrasting panels and blocks of fun surf and sunset prints dropped here and there across pieces.
Tommy Hilfiger and his tropical trip
Thick colourful stripes, crochet knits and aloha florals take you on a trip to paradise at Tommy Hilfiger. Pretty dresses (both short and flirty or maxi and floaty), silken bomber jackets and signature polo shirts all feature embroideries, patchwork stripes or embellished trims for a psychedelic travellers take on the brand’s preppy style. The airy crochet knitted tops and dresses promise to be a high summer young fashion winner and alternative festival look.
Alexander Wang reboots festival cool
Celebrating his 10th year in business, king of downtown style Alexander Wang did what he does best for spring 16: cool street looks with a sexy edge. This collection promises to influence next season’s festival look – it’s out with the 1970s boho of spring 15 and in with Wang’s cool girls. Keep an eye out for items like leather fringe-trimmed military coats, shrunken silky bomber jackets, loose pyjama-style silky tops and long slip dresses.
Givenchy’s monochrome NY moment
Coinciding with the opening of its first New York flagship, Givenchy’s artistic director Riccardo Tisci moved his super-glamourous spring 16 show from Paris to the US city. Things to note: first, the strict black and white palette, a possible eveningwear focus for the new season; second, the delicate lingerie feel to the silky strappy camisoles and sheer panel dresses; and, third, Tisci’s classic tailoring: sleek tuxedo jackets and wide trousers as an alternative to eveningwear for spring.
Altuzarra’s colourfully sexy summer
King of modern sex appeal Joseph Altuzarra injected some punchy colour for spring. His signature sexy sliced dresses, cut low at the neck and slit high at the thigh, appeared in a bold tie-dye and bright orange – a colour trend to watch. The sleek high-heeled espadrilles are also a summer footwear style to note.
Diane von Furstenberg goes retro glam, again
With the 1970s trend having dominated the last few seasons, DVF suggested some ways to refresh the look for another season, sticking with her signature celebration of all things Studio 54. There were signature wrap dresses galore and floaty bohemian dresses with plunging necklines embroidered with delicate butterflies – a punchy, printed take on the decade.