Back in NYC

I left it quite abruptly, my apologies, London rather took over..back to the East and Ralph Lauren. The designer took a trip to the Orient, 20's style with the AW collection, the opposite to the western themes of seasons past. Red and black dominated the palette, with hints of white and green to lighten the mood. The fabrics were luscious velvets, slinky silks, and beaded chiffons all tailored into lean suits, flowing gowns and evening dress.

Chinese embroidery on the tuxedo

Nipped in Tailoring - Shanghai Style

source: aizakbuyondo

On the other side of the world (metaphorically) was Michael Kors, who sent a streamline clean look for his birthday show. 30 years in the industry reflected in the collection of neutral colours. Home grown and ready to prove it, the inspiration for the clothes came from his archives, “sporty decadence from the Seventies, the athleticism of the Eighties, restraint from the Nineties,” and “from the Aughties, a little exuberance.”  Timeless classics are what a resolute Kors customer craves, so the white shirt, fur coats and butter soft leathers were all worked in. Michael Kors doing it his way - well it was his party.

source: myfashionlife

From reflection of the past to a look into the future.  Phillip Lim focused more on the use of new fabrics with the old, for example splicing leather and silks together, sporty stretch with tweeds. The casual sport chic that Lim does so well was executed beautifully here, folding and bending to create fabulous shapes. Softs prints, deco style (another designer with a 20's theme) on capes, dresses and tops dotted in the block colours were interesting to the eye.

opening image:wwd photographer: john aquino