It's odd how much can change in a short space of time. You can become a different person. Life can transform into something totally unexpected. And fashion... well, fashion can give you a glimpse of the future. And God knows, I needed that kind of promise, a sign that life goes on. Luckily, New York fashion week gave me that beautiful distraction.
There was a lot to process, but frankly, opening my iPad every morning and browsing the latest runway looks while sipping a cup of black tea, was that moment of my day I looked forward to. It was my normality. It filled the void. In return, my pacified heart and mind unisoned* "Oh, yes!"
So here's the list and random notes of my favourites born and bred across the pond, in chronological order as the only way to be fair to everyone.
Brock Collection designed by Christopher Brock and Laura Vassar was new to me, but the one I will look forward to comes next season to see how things develop. The glistening fabrics, brocades , flushed cheeks and rosy lips offset with twinkling earrings were as beautiful as the 18th century paintings. I couldn't stop imagining the entire collection being limited to those luxurious pastels and occasional printed silk dress... Because when something is so beautiful, I want a second helping.
Not every look from Jason Wu collection truly spoke to me, but these were good, very good. He indulged my love of charcoal greys, navy and camel, sharply tailored but softly-swishy trousers and coats and beautiful What more could I ask for? This was also one of the shows wear
Deaclan Kearney's Maiyet was about the movement for me. The stills didn't have the same effect as the live stream that I sneakily watched on my phone between two episodes of Penny Dreadful. And yes, I wish I was a kind of Maiyet woman who could wear the floating gowns held by thin straps and a promise of special encounters, but for now I'll remain somebody in love with a perfect little dress or cocooning, very Jackie-O, coat. Tweeds, camels, burgundy, most wonderful ankle boots with a scultural heel. Yes, please...
Alright, I can be mean, very mean in fact (or should I say, brutally honest?), to Victoria Beckham, but when she sends out a bunch of very, very good - ah, who am I kidding? - gorgeous - coats I have to share them. Plus a couple of other things because I simply loved them. The Beckham's team certainly know how to play with colours and proportions to truly entertain and tease our imagination (a bit like David did in 2002 - and yes, and it's the only World Cup match I've remembered, I am limited that way).
Derek Lam coats... I am crazy about Derek Lam coats. Wish I had one. Or two. Because they are just... Derek Lam coats. Whenever I've had a chance, they'd always make it to Look-a-Porter. Fingers crossed, some day they'll become a palpable part of my wardrobe, too.
Proenza Schouler "femininity mummified"** knitted dresses. Nefertiti would die for them. Unforgettable. And yes, I really-really want one. Or at least will not stop dreaming of it.
Judging by the number of photos of Boss collection designed by above mentioned and much-loved Jason Wu, this show was my absolute favourite. In my mind I referred to it as "wood bark and shifts" thinking of the shapes of the dresses and very interesting use of the fabrics that created textures of wood, bark and even saw dust. Clearly, I've spent a lot of time fascinated by them at different points of my life...
Photo source: Brock Collection FW 2016, Jason Wu FW 2016, Maiyet FW 2016, Victoria Beckham FW 2016, Derek Lam FW 2016, Proenza Schouler FW 2016, Boss FW 2016 via vogue.com, behind the scenes via vogue.com, details via Vogue & The Impressions
* is there even such a verb? not sure, but I am keeping my version...
** my term, borrow with caution