Children instinctively express themselves through art, scribbling and doodling on paper with markers and crayons.
This fall season, fashion designers were so inspired by kids’ art that they incorporated it into their textile print designs. I found many of the designs so charming that I asked my friend, fashion designer, Jamie Kreitman, to recreate one such t-shirt and add her own artistic flair to make it special and mine.
Another reason I wanted a new t-shirt was to enthuse me for New York Fashion Week, which begins September 10th. The shows in September and February always get my creative juices flowing and help me focus on style obsessions for the upcoming season.
The first 4 days left me bored to death and unenthusiastic, wishing there were 4 days instead of 7. The lack of creativity, strict adherence to minimalism and dull color palettes left my Pinterest boards empty for the first time. Beautiful fabrics and knits were to be found, but there were few exceptional items I craved.
Prabal Gurung woke me up from my nap at the keyboard by opening his show with chanting monks. But it wasn’t until Hood By Air’s show which had me utter “Oh crap, this is getting real!” Now we are getting somewhere because fashion shouldn’t always be safe.
By day 5 things started to pick up. Color arrived by way of Libertine, Reem Acra, Naeem Khan, Rodarte delivered one their most feminine, flattering collections, Narcisco Rodriguez always designs a line that every women will find flattering on her frame and the students from the MFA Parsons program always gives me a smile and laugh with some of their quirky, conceptual ensembles.
As a fashion blogger, I am compelled to list the following trends to keep you up-to-date, despite my ennui:
The trends that we will see Spring 2016 are:
1. Surfer SOCAL: I’ll take the bucket hat. All the other emsembles need to be dumped into the ocean for the sharks to feast. And if a poor seal or other ocean life chokes on it–well, not my problem.
2. Maxi dresses: Most designers had them in their collection. I love this length, as it is flattering, feminine, fluid and graceful. There was so much extra fabric that was overflowing on the walking stick figures (models.) This is a good thing, because the majority of women in the US are size 12 and up. Have their cries for roomier, flattering, feminine clothing finally been heard? Of course there was no mention of this from any of the fashion critics, but it was obvious that hemlines should stay below the knee for a few seasons.
3. Jumpsuits: I despise those things. They should remain in the 70s and never reemerge.
4. Cool and Sporty: We can’t escape it. It’s here to stay. Too bad most of the looks are SO casual. Why bother purchasing from these upscale brands when you can buy the same styles from a cheap land-fill shop like H&M? These three shows made casual “cool.” This is how sporty should be worn.
MY FAVORITE SHOW of course is THOM BROWNE.
AND NOW FOR THE ODDEST, most juvenile and uh, WHY?
If the clothing from the majority of collections could speak, they would moan and kvetch. I felt sorry for them, the same kind of sorry which I feel for haggard suburban moms with greasy hair pulled back in ponytails, shoved under baseball caps, without a moment to schmear on lipstick.
Even Alexander Wang, whom I normally love, didn’t have me smacking my matte Nars lips. When asked about the concept of his collection he replied, there is “NO CONCEPT.” That was the perfect response to sum up NY fashion week’s current zeitgeist; bored and truly uninspired. But take comfort (literally) that these are clothes in which you can sleep, surf and head to the office without having to change. The Blanket trend from Fall 2015 continues and morphs into more cozy-comfy-bland Spring 2016 looks. Yawn.