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The Future of Retail

In the past few weeks I have been reading a lot about the ever-evolving retail landscape. I find it very interesting, especially because I plan to enter the apparel industry in a few years time. Our notions of what we want and expect out of a shopping experience have changed dramatically. Now it is not enough for a brand just to have brick-and-mortar locations, an online presence is a necessity. But is online all that brands need to provide, or is there something more? Fashion companies need to change with the times in order to remain in business, essentially. But how do they do that, going forward?

I find it funny that online has taken over, or that we perceive it to. I learned in one of my classes that only 10% of all transactions in the USA occur online and around 30-40% in China. I’d say that my generation would think that more transactions occur online because we have embraced e-tailing in such a full-on way. I have friends who shop almost exclusively at online stores because it’s easier, there’s a bigger selection, it’s cheaper – a myriad of reasons, really. Some shoppers are still reluctant to make the shift to the internet, but a large chunk of people will at least browse.

There are still some brands who have a very small online presence. For example, Chanel sells just sunglasses, skincare, fragrance, and beauty on their e-store. Pieces from collections, such as shoes and bags, are available to view online but not to purchase – that can only be done in stores. For such a high end brand, it is important to keep exclusivity. In a major way, the internet has democratized fashion. For younger brands like Altuzarra, based in New York City, it doesn’t make too much sense having to worry about e-commerce on their own website. Instead you can shop these type of brands online on sites like Net-a-porter and Matches Fashion. Altuzarra’s e-store actually links you through to Matches to complete your transaction. That’s a true partnership.

I do a lot of my browsing online, especially for brands that I wouldn’t normally have access to. I love e-tailers like Net-a-porter where I can see all of the items that I loved going down the runway in an as close to real life situation as I can. I also love online boutiques like FRWD by Elyse Walker. It has a cool, tightly edited selection of merchandise on offer and I can visualize how the store would be in my head without having to leave my bed. Now that I live in New York I can go to the high end department stores and browse in person but before I came here online was my only platform. This is what I mean when I say the internet has democratized fashion. It has made it accessible. Luxury is no longer out of reach. Consumers no longer feel intimidated by the luxury stores because they can pre-pick what they’re going to buy online (and find out the price so there’s none of the awkward “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” drama) and go in store to have the experience of shopping there. That’s what shopping is about, an experience. If retailers can’t provide that then they will lose out to online stores eventually.

Barneys New York

It has also been speculated that the internet is going to kill the department store. They are not the giants that they once were, both in the UK and the US. Macy’s is known for being constantly on sale. It’s a store where you’d be foolish to pay full price. In fact, this can be damaging for some of the brands that are stocked in store (like Michael Kors, for example, who has been hit by discounts offered by department stores fairly badly in the past few years). Similarly, Debenhams in the UK runs promotions almost weekly. It is just a way to get shoppers into the stores. However, there are some things that can be done by the department stores to draw shoppers back in without having to slash prices.

I was in Macy’s at Herald Square a few months ago. What I learned from my visit was never go too far up in the building because the clothes get dowdier the higher you go. If you start from the basement, the “teen” or “junior” area (which is where the Levi’s are kept), you will experience fitting rooms with adjustable lighting on the mirrors. You can see how the outfit would look in various settings. I found that a very cool feature. I’ve heard of other stores doing a “smart” mirror where you digitally try on clothing instead of actually having to go into the fitting rooms and do it yourself. I’m not sure that I like that idea as I think you can only get a true representation of how things fit once they’re on your body, although I do realize that nobody ever, ever, ever looks good in fitting room lighting. Ever. Experience is key; trial new technology.

I think the area that department stores need to work on is becoming speciality stores, like Barneys or Bergdorfs instead of “department stores” in the traditional sense. I think the two aforementioned are safe, regardless of what happens to normal department stores. Young people aren’t interested in shopping at the same store as their grandparents generally (although my granny shops at Free People…) so I think more needs to be done to modernize the stores and make them more youthful. I found that Macy’s had a stark contrast between what they classed as “juniors” fashion and what they had in the regular womenswear area. It was almost like the kids were too young and the adults were too old. There didn’t seem to be a good spot for women between 18 and 30, and I think that is a key demographic in terms of spending power, disposable income, and actual interest in fashion and keeping up to date with trends. The way to find out about how young people actually dress is through social media. It is an as-true-as-can-be reflection of our times, although what you see on there is often an edited reality. Alternatively, pay attention to what young people on the street actually wear. Chances are you’ll think that the teens are older than their calendar age, mainly because we all dress more maturely than teens did a decade ago. The time of teenage high school movies is over, although sometimes stores reflect these dated ideals in their choices. My main suggestion would be know your customer and ensure your research is current.

If it is more convenient to shop on my phone whilst lying in bed at 2am, I’ll do it. But if I know there’s a great store where the employees are friendly, the visuals are appealing, and the experience is worthwhile, I’ll sure as hell get out of my bed in the morning and march along there instead. We no longer need specific retailers because there are so many options out there for consumers. Retailers now need us.

FURTHER READING

Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren Hit Hard by Stores’ Discounting Binge – Business of Fashion (August 2016)

The Future of Retailing: The Technology Revolution is Now – Forbes (August 2016)

RECOMMENDED RETAILERS (online & in-store)

Forward by Elyse Walker

Matches Fashion

Net-A-Porter & The Outnet

Opening Ceremony

 

& Other Stories, Soho, New York

Barneys New York, Downtown location (Chelsea, New York)

Topshop Oxford Circus, London

Aritzia, Flatiron location, New York

 

New York Fashion Week Highlights – Fall 2016

It is fashion month again, can you believe it? I am constantly filled with the desire for something new, a thirst that cannot be quenched, and the speed of fashion doesn’t help this. It has me feeling the need to buy new things all the time. The new season has rolled around so quickly this time. I think because there has been so much talk of changing the fashion calendar with a few designers not even showing this season. Instead they are choosing to wait until September to show their fall collections, in time for them going into stores. I shared a post about this concept a couple of months ago when it was just theoretical but now the changes are beginning to take shape. I can only wonder how much longer the current system will last, if more designers will shift to the new way, and how the new way will work out for retailers and press alike.

As always, New York comes first. It has got me very excited to think that next time it is Fashion Week in the city, I’ll also be there. Maybe I can volunteer? Or just awkwardly hang around outside the venue? What do people even do about that? Anyway, I’ll continue writing about this season in the format that I’ve been doing for a few years now (see the Fashion Week tab in the header). I’ll try not to discuss the things that I didn’t like because that seems like a waste of time. Let us begin!

Alexander Wang

I am on such an Alexander Wang high at the moment, it’s getting dangerous. All I want to do is buy his clothes. I want to be a part of the badass, downtown cool that I am so far from. This season was no different. Firstly, I will be getting myself a pair of the slogan tights, no matter what. I found them fun. I also smirked both when I seen the mohair coat with the marijuana leaf print and also the pole dancer motif. Only Alexander Wang could show these and make people actually want them. Moving on from that, his edgier take on the classic tweed suit, made famous by Chanel, was actually fun. The leather and metal hardware added a fun twist, and this combined with the shorter skirt length made it something that a young person would actually want to wear. My favourite look of the entire show, however, was the pleated black dress with the leather accents. Also, honourable mention to the studded booties. I thought I was so done with studs but I found myself in love with these.

Sally LaPointe

Sally is my favourite young designer. Her brand is so young – Spring 2013 was her first season – yet I think she knows exactly who her woman is and what they’d like to wear. There’s a touch of fur, some cosy knitwear, and some draped, often asymmetrical skirts and dresses. And it’s fairly expensive. Sally makes the kind of clothes that I want to wear. I feel that you could create an entire wardrobe with her clothes, a little bit of Rosetta Getty, and some more pieces from The Row – a cosy, capsule wardrobe. I think these brands have slightly similar aesthetics and would work well with each other. As usual, I am wild for the fur sweaters: surely they’re the best-selling piece. I also loved the added glitz in this collection and the feathers. I am so for feathers.

Altuzarra

If there’s a designer who I can count on to make clothes that I love every single season, it’s Joseph Altuzarra. I think his brand is my current favourite because in each collection I see so many pieces that I want to incorporate into my own wardrobe. I find his way of dressing women inspiring. Where Alexander Wang plays up to my cool fantasies, Altuzarra plays up to my sexy fantasies. I’m neither of the aforementioned adjectives but I feel like if I wore Altuzarra I wouldn’t feel like a fraud. In fact, maybe it would give me the confidence to be sexy. I think a skirt of his needs to be my next big purchase. As usual, in this collection there were slits-a-plenty, with thigh bearing skirts and dresses. However, the skin was contrasted with cosy knits and shearling jackets. The collection was more pattern-heavy than I expected but I think the more delicate ones worked best, like the tiny little flowers on this coat. I’m not a fan of paisley but I think it worked in many pieces here, especially since Lou Lou de la Falaise was cited as an inspiration – the print is synonymous with her in my mind.

The Row

Trust Mary Kate and Ashley to turn out yet another brilliant collection for their brand. They have transcended the label of celebrity designer because they have been consistently good at making truly luxurious clothes that people want to buy, and believe me their pieces would be considered a splurge for most of us. I wonder exactly how much involvement they have with the brand on a day-to-day basis, especially as they have Elizabeth + James as well, a brand known for its fun furs. I loved the minimalism in this collection as it shows that it doesn’t have to mean boring. There were discreet but interesting details on many of the pieces, like the fact that from afar this dress looked like it was fringed but it was in fact ruched. I’m also obsessed with this coat, a classic piece worth the investment.

And the rest…

Christian Siriano had some nice dresses and braided knitwear. I actually really liked the one-sleeved dresses which surprised me because I’ve always thought that style was so ridiculous.

ZAC Zac Posen had a fun deer print which I loved, although there wasn’t much of it in the lookbook. However, he showed more of the collection on his Instagram, along with debuting a I heart Zac sweater which I would like, I must admit. For his mainline show, Zac Posen gained a lot of attention for his stellar, diverse model casting. It is sad that it has to be a big talking point when a designer actually used models of colour in their show, however. In this collection there were very few pieces that I’d have identified as traditional Zac Posen – where’s the ball gowns? – but I adored the lighter-weight, black dresses with many layers like these ones (a, b, c).

I found myself really liking Brock Collection again, although I’d like to know more about the brand. What is their price point? Who is their customer? I did like the whole deformalisation of fur because I love incorportating fur into casual looks. For example, I loved this furry, almost dressing gown paired with denim. Anything belted and cosy looking is for me.

Gigi Hadid looked really good in the opening look at Tommy Hilfiger.

Both Protagonist and Trademark are making clothes which I’d actually want to wear and buy. This is one of my favourite things about New York designers, they don’t shy away from the everyday.

I loved the almost liquid slips and the ruffles at Cushnie et Ochs, a brand that I do look forward to seeing each season. Although satin is a fabric they often use, I found that it didn’t photograph brilliantly this season, looking slightly too shiny in some shots. I think some of the blouses will look better in person. I’m predicting a red carpet moment for this gown and this one too. Edit – I wrote this before Selena wore the dress to the Grammy’s (and kiiiiilled it!).

Jason Wu produced another quintessential Jason Wu collection: beautiful and expensive looking clothes for ladies with beautiful and expensive taste. I loved the looks with the feathers, so glam. I’ll take this dress for the evening and then combine these two (i & ii) for an elevated everyday look.

Ryan Roche made another collection of beautiful, cosy knitwear – her speciality – which are perfect for the chilly temperatures in New York.

This Marchesa dress is screaming to be worn at the Oscars.

I loved the curves at Boss, particularly in this look.

Things I want to buy (if I came into money…)

I got paid last week and the money is burning a hole in my pocket. There’s so much that I want to buy yet the cash only goes so far. For this reason, I write lists. I have many of them: a to-buy this month, a to-buy at some point in 2016, and a to-buy if I ever manage to save. This post is the last of the three. Realistically I’m not going to be able to afford anything on it because I’m saving for college but it’s nice to dream. I think I could live like a damn King if it weren’t for college savings but it will be so worth it in the end. Any time I think “oh, I wish I had money for [insert item that I don’t really need]”, I then remember that I’m moving to New York in literally a single digit number of months and I no longer care. Fuck. I’m moving to New York. I’m so excited, if you can’t already tell.

Since I’ve started working full time and therefore had a little more disposable income than I was used to having before I’ve been trying to buy nicer, slightly better quality items. Instead of loading a basket full of crap that I don’t actually need from the various online stores (who all seem to have the same clothes bought from the sale wholesaler, but at varying prices), I’ve been planning what I want and trying to source the best quality option in my budget. Of course, I still shop at Zara, Mango, Topshop, and the likes (I consider the quality to be fairly good for the most part but I’ve never experienced true luxury so I can’t really compare) and I struggle to resist a really good bargain on Missguided. However, I find myself increasingly longing for a good quality item that will last me forever. If I ever manage to save up for these items (and I think many are actually manageable), here’s what I would buy:

(I’ve added links to the items in the images, click and it will take you through to the retailer)

 

Gucci Soho Disco – £650 I actually have a bag from Mango which is a wonderful dupe of this (slightly larger though) and is my go-to bag for the weekend. If you ever look at my Polyvore, you’ll notice just how much I use this in sets. I find it very versatile.
Max Mara Manuela camel coat – £1125 This is a coat that I’ve wanted for years. It is a classic and for that reason I feel in no rush to buy it as I know that it will still be there in 10 years time. In the meantime, I have a wool camel coat which is similar (although a slightly different texture) that I know will keep me warm until one day I can afford to buy this.
Paul Andrew suede heels – $675 I first found out about his brand after watching “The Fashion Fund” tv show online where he was a contestant (if you haven’t watched it, let me assure you that it is more a documentary than it is reality tv). I like how his heels have a slight twist on your regular pointed heel styles. However, if I were to buy just your standard heels I think I’d buy either Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo shoes, whatever one is more comfortable.
Dolce & Gabbana summer dress – £750 – 1500 Whilst this wouldn’t be the exact print I’d choose (I’d rather a floral), every season Dolce & Gabbana puts out a range of cotton dresses which I find so delightful. They make me think of a perfect little housewife who is taking the children on a picnic. Maybe I’ll buy myself one when I become a mother.
Emilio Pucci shirt – £460 I’m a real Pucci enthusiast. I go wild for the prints. I love scouring Etsy for vintage finds. However, this shirt from Yoox was a newer alternative. I’m currently looking for a great scarf too.
Altuzarra pencil skirt – £400ish (full price) This particular style is on sale so it’s unlikely that I’ll ever get it, but I’d love an Altuzarra pencil skirt of some description, even in plain black. The thigh slit takes an already sexy style to another level. I love them.
Alexander Wang sandals – £455 These are seemingly some of the most comfortable heels out there and I’m all for comfort plus height. Fortunately, these styles often make it onto the Outnet so I may be able to score a bargain some time in the near future.
Diane Von Furstenberg Julian Two Mini – £202.75 A shorter version of her classic style.

Designer Bags Worth Buying

A handbag is really important. So much so that people often pose the question of “are you a shoes or a bags girl?”. To answer it simply, I’m shoes. I’m crazy over them. I have way to many pairs in relation to how many feet I have and also how many occasions I have to wear them too (including a few really impractical ones that I cannot walk more than a few steps in). Bags, on the other hand, are different for me. I usually buy one and keep it until it is completely ruined – straps snapped, material worn, a misshapen mess. I also always have a bag that is way to big, purely because I like to carry a bottle of water with me everywhere I go. I could have some really nice looking smaller bags if only I’d sacrifice my water. Anyway, in the spirit of keeping bags for a long time, I view a high quality bag as an investment. Less likely to get worn out than shoes, a bag can last a lifetime if you treat it well and purchase a high quality one to begin with. I also feel like bags are less vulnerable to trends than shoes are so I’ve compiled a list of what I’d class as good investment bags (basically a bunch of designer bags that I wouldn’t say no to) that I think would actually be worth buying. See below for my picks where I’ve inserted links to the sites where possible:

Prada

I have two from Prada. The first is the nylon backpack – the item that made the brand famous (£705). I feel like this is just an iconic fashion item that would be worth buying if you could. It is functional yet still looks cool, especially if you’re going for a sports-luxe look. Alternatively, I suggest the saffiano tote (yes, the leather that every other designer has copied since) which is known for its durability due to scratches being virtually unable to show up (£1325). I’d probably just buy black in both of these styles.

Gucci

Although Gucci is going through a renaissance at the moment, the brand still sells some classic styles that I think can stand the test of time, regardless of the image that the brand is projecting at that current time. First I’d suggest the Soho Hobo (£1210). This is one that I style looks with on Polyvore all the time because it goes with so much. I really like the Rose Beige leather version but the black is just as nice. What makes it better is that it has a shoulder strap too which is always handy. If you want something a little more interesting, I really like the new Boston bag (£1030). The style is one which they’ve been making for years with the classic monogram print but they have also recently introduced (I think) a black leather style which I like. It has the stripes around the bag which make you realise it is Gucci yet it is a bit more low key than full on patterns.

Altuzarra 

Only making his accessories debut two seasons ago, Altuzarra is offering some really strong saddle bags in various colours. The Ghianda bag is the one I’d buy ($2995, exclusive to Barneys); I’d opt for black just so I could get maximum use out of it and I think I’d go for the smaller size too. I like the braided strap and also the fact that this could perhaps be worn cross-body if you wanted to. I’ve been thinking about the cross-body look a lot more recently and I think I might try it out again. I haven’t worn a bag that way for years but I think given the right size it can look a lot better than just dangling off one shoulder. You just need to make sure that whatever you’re wearing on the top half isn’t too fussy.

Saint Laurent

I love Saint Laurent bags. They’re probably one of my most used on Polyvore and I think I’d carry one every day if I could. I particularly like the matelasse styles with the YSL buckle. I think it looks really slick. There are three bags I like the best and they’re basically just the same one but in different sizes (£885, £1680, and £1590). I’d choose the Powder colour as it is such a pretty nude. Very versatile, non?

Givenchy

Although I like the bag, I feel that the Antigona has become a bit cliche and perhaps overexposed. For that reason I wouldn’t suggest that as a keep forever bag as it has become a trend piece. However, I love the Nightingale tote in all it’s slouchy goodness (£1245). I think it is one of those bags where you can stuff it full of everything you’d ever need to carry and it would still zip up. The calfskin is so soft too. It is just a really nice bag and I feel like I wouldn’t be afraid to carry this around with me in day-to-day life for fear of ruining because it already looks a little lived in when you buy it. Like fine wine and J.Lo, it can only get better with age.

Chanel

Instead of the classic quilted style that I used to dream about as a kid, I’ve really taken a liking to the Boy Bag recently. I think Nicki Minaj sporting one of every possible style has brought them to my attention and I’m now starting to think that the shape is rather interesting. You get it in a lot of different styles, changing every season, but I think to be safe (especially due to the price) I’d just buy a black one. At an eye-watering £2710, it is far too much money to spend on something that risks being passe just a few months later.

 

 

Balenciaga

I don’t really like the infamous Motorcycle bags, they’re too 2000s for me. Iconic, yes, but to me they don’t feel very modern nor do they feel timeless. The image of the likes of Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton (my original heroines) carrying them is very much ingrained in my mind and I associate them with a very specific time period. However, I do really like the Papier A4 tote (£1345). I’ve chosen this black suede version too as I love suede so much (I’ve literally bought three different suede items this month). If you had to push me to buy a motorcycle bag, I’d take the City in suede too (£1035).

That’s my list then. A brand noticeably missing, to me, is Celine. The reason for this being that the bags are quite difficult to come across online. However, I do love the Tie tote and the Belt tote, and I like the Trio cross-body but having seen these in person I feel that they’re both impractical and quite a security risk (the outer sections are just popped on with metal studs so a pick-pocketer could easily just grab an entire section of your bag).

I really like the bags that Donatella showed on the catwalk this fashion week at Versace. It is a brand whose bags I usually ignore but I really liked a few that she showed. If I’d been making this list come March, one of them would’ve likely featured too.

15 Looks Nicki Minaj Should Wear From The Spring 2016 Collections

Nicki Minaj is a queen. I truly mean that. I feel like she’s someone whose popularity is continuing to soar and I’m so happy about that. Something that I think has boosted her fame is her image overhaul which began around the time she joined American Idol. She stopped wearing the colourful wigs, wild make-up, and out-there outfits, and toned her look down – natural hair, more “normal” make-up, and a mix of high-end designer and fast-fashion clothes. To put it simply, she had a make-under. Whilst I do miss her old sense of style (it was so fun), I think she looks amazing now. For example, the VMA dress was a killer.

I find it fun to try and predict what Nicki is going to wear next, especially because she attends a few fashion shows nowadays and actually works with a brilliant stylist, Rushka Bergman, to create her red-carpet/event looks. There are a few designers who she clearly favours: the Alexanders (Wang & McQueen), namely. I’ll choose looks from designers I know she likes and also ones which I think she would like to be introduced to. I’m going to pick 15 different designers and select looks from their shows which I think she should wear (yes, I’m totally cheating with this post title). When I did this before, I actually got a couple looks spot-on that she wore. I wonder if the same will happen this time.

Also, on the topic of Nicki, read this NY Times profile – it’s amazing.

Jeremy Scott

Nicki used to wear a lot of Jeremy Scott back in the days when she used to dress more kooky and she still does wear a lot of his designs for Moschino. I think she would look great in this checkerboard cardigan, mixed and matched with this printed bikini. I think this would work great for a music video.

Givenchy

Another brand that Nicki seems to be rather fond of, Givenchy is a show which she actually attended in New York (wearing the designer head-to-toe, naturally). There were quite a few looks which stood out to me and I think would work, depending on the occasion. The first would be the dress which Joan Smalls wore – the black gown with the full skirt and fur – which I think would only be appropriate for a grand red carpet event (Oscars, Grammys, Met Gala) but I’m not sure there’s anything coming up soon that this would suit. The cross-over top and skirt combination that Pooja Mor wore would work well for a more casual event, however it isn’t often that you see Nicki in that type of neckline. Finally, I think that the feathered jacket with the bejewelled top and trousers would look insane. Nicki doesn’t often wear trousers to events but I think this could look great. Conversely, the trousers could easily be swapped out for a black pencil skirt. I’d go for Stuart Weitzman’s Nudist shoes in black with all of these looks.

Zac Posen

I’m not sure that Nicki has even worn a lot of Zac Posen but I wish she would – a ball gown would look fabulous. However, the look that I am going to suggest is the black bandeau strapless dress with the full skirt and slight tiers. I think this would look amazing if she had her hair down in a centre-part, a dark red or wine lip, and pointed black suede heels (Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo perhaps).

Burberry

There’s three different looks that I think could work from the Burberry show. The first is the long dress with the full skirt and sheer panels. I think Nicki would wear this firstly because it has transparent sections and therefore it would show off her insane body, and secondly because she has favoured a fuller skirt in the past. I’d also like to see her wear this black coat with gold details. I think this would work for a casual look (perhaps paired with some items from Fashion Nova, a store that she seems to love nowadays). Finally, I think this short taupe dress would work well. As I said before, she used to wear full skirts quite often and this one reminds me of Alexander McQueen dresses which she has been seen wearing before. I think the details on this are so pretty too.

Moschino

As I said before, Nicki likes Moschino. I think it’s a bit of a throwback to the wild outfits she wore when she was first blowing up. I think she’d buy these two t-shirt dresses because they’re both rather funny (the second being a Chanel-logo parody, another brand she’s fond of), maybe the boots, and also this coat. The coat reminded me of the one she wore for a Casio event in New York back in 2012.

Monique Lhuillier

The only time I can remember Nicki wearing Monique Lhuillier before was at the AMAs a few years ago when she wore the bright yellow gown – it was quite a moment. This look I’ve chosen is more casual than a full-on gown. On the runway it is styled with a white top underneath but I propose we remove that and just have the floral crop-top and skirt instead. This is a look that I really really really want to see her in because I can just imagine it looking so brilliant.

Christian Dior

Now that we know that this is Raf’s final collection for Dior, I feel that Nicki needs to wear something from the collection. I mean, who knows what the next collection will be like or who the hell will be designing it? Maybe the floral set was an omen that I missed – taking it full circle. I chose this simple jacket-dress, reminiscent of the infamous Bar Jacket. Hey, you’ve got to try the classics at least once right? Pair it with some tough looking boots and all will be good. I’m thinking something by Saint Laurent or Giuseppe Zanotti.

Balenciaga

Since I didn’t include any mainline Alexander Wang in this list, I thought I’d better include something from his swan song for Balenciaga. I see that next season will be one of change – will Nicki even wear Balenciaga if it isn’t designed by Wang? I opted for this white look with the shaping around the breasts, because I can only imagine that it would look better on someone with fuller breasts than the model – no offence intended, I’m in the small group too. Louis Vuitton

I went for this pink biker jacket from Nicolas’ latest collection. It reminded me of when Nicki used to be like Barbie. If only she’d go for one of the old Barbie necklaces with it. That would make my life. I can imagine her wearing this casually, perhaps shopping, flying, or the likes (I don’t know how she spends her downtime).

Alexander McQueen

Instead of going for one of the flowery, floaty looks from this show I propose something a little different – my favourite look in fact. Jeans and a top. I can see her going for this entire look to be honest. To make it perfect, I’d like black hair in a bun with a fringe, but that may be too much to ask!

Versace

I loved this season’s Versace. Raquel Zimmerman opened it by stomping down the runway in this khaki blazer which I’d love to see Nicki in. I also really like this dress which Gigi Hadid wore but I fear that it might be too associated with her already for someone else to wear it and nobody really wants a “who wore it better?” moment, so I think Natasha Poly’s could be a close alternative.

Oscar de la Renta

This dress was just so pretty that I couldn’t not include it on this list. I can imagine this with a centre-parted wavy hairstyle and matching lipstick. I know Nicki used to favour Oscar so maybe its time she wore something from the brand again.

Altuzarra

My favourite New York designer’s clothes have never been worn by Nicki as far as I know. That should change. I went for this exotic skin coat because I feel like it is her down to a tee – glamorous and luxurious and so fucking expensive. This would be a great introduction to the brand’s clothing.

Anthony Vaccarello

This dress may be pushing the limits a little in terms of how risque Nicki is willing to dress. However, if she’ll push the boundaries this far I’d be impressed. I loved Vaccarello’s show and this was one of my favourite dresses from it.

Ashish

The first thing I’ll say about this is that I suggest hiking the skirt up over the belly button to make it high waisted. I think that would look better (more flattering) and also show less unnecessary stomach. This is one of the looks that I think she’s least likely to wear, but I’ll include it anyway. Oh, and change the shoes too.

So there’s 15 different designers, a few more looks. You’ll probably have noticed that there’s a few major brands who I’ve left out – Balmain, Alexander Wang, and Chanel are just a few – and the reason for this was rather simple: I couldn’t see any looks that I’d put her in. I can guarantee that she’ll wear quite a few pieces from Balmain (she always does), maybe something from T by Alexander Wang or a custom modified runway piece (I couldn’t see any straight-off-the-runway that I’d put her in), and she’ll buy a few bags and maybe shoes from Chanel.

Is there a glaringly obvious look you think I’ve missed? Let me know. Apart from that, I’m fairly confident in my choices. I hope she wears at least one. Ruskha, it’s over to you now.

Animal Print Evening Look

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If you ever look at my Polyvore, you’ll probably notice how often I use this Saint Laurent bag. It, along with its nude counterpart, is one of my all time favourite bags. I think they go with almost every look, hence why I use it with so many. I actually think that it would be a worthwhile bag to invest in because you could get so much use out of it, and I know it would be at the top of my list (or maybe second to a classic Prada) if I had the money to buy an expensive bag.
As for these asymmetric strappy shoes, I love that style. I own several pairs of flats in this style but not any heels and I think I’d buy a pair like this, perhaps in a suede. When I originally seen shoes like this I loved them because they reminded me of the neckline of Marilyn Monroe’s pink dress in How To Marry a Millionaire – one of my favourite films.
The crop top reminded me slightly of Nicki Minaj’s Mugler look at the 2015 BET Awards, perhaps my all time favourite look of hers. I think it is a top that I’d wear myself, although you’d have to wear a pesky strapless bra.
Finally, the Altuzarra skirt is a classic. The style is wearable for anyone and the print is one that can look glamorous if done right. Leopard print is tricky but as long as you’re not vulgar with it, it can look great.

New York Fashion Week Highlights – Spring 2016

There’s something about American fashion that clicks with me; It is something that London fashion cannot do. It is an intangible thing, a mood perhaps, that resonates with me more than British fashion does. That sucks for me, you know, being British, but it also means that I know I can connect with the brands and the overall style in New York. Now I know what you’re thinking, there are so many different styles in this city, how can you connect with it all? What I mean is that everything, or most things, shown at New York Fashion Week are wearable, commercial, saleable – whatever adjective you’d like to use. That is not to say that the creativity isn’t there, because it is, but it seems to be that American designers create things that are of use in daily life and that don’t need to be changed completely before being sold in stores. I like that. I’m all for a conceptual idea, as long as that can translate into something wearable. Keep in mind that the two biggest fashion schools in New York – FIT and Parsons – both teach technical design and also business skills alongside the whimsical, imaginative part of fashion design. Maybe that’s what gives New York designers an edge – that, plus being in one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

GIVENCHY

I have mixed emotions about Riccardo Tisci moving the Givenchy show to New York. Part of me screams “yaaaayy” because it means we get to see it sooner, but part of me is also sad because it is one less show to look forward to in Paris. I understand the move though. You see, one of Givenchy’s most iconic moments originated in New York – think croissant, diamonds, French twist, and black dress – so it makes sense to bring the brand back here.

The show, held on September 11th, was a celebration of and call for tolerance. Tisci brought music from different cultures and played them in one show to show we can all live in harmony, and with a location which provided unobstructed views of the Freedom Tower and the light shining from the spot of a horrific American tragedy, it seemed like a fitting message. The venue itself was something that boosted this show. The sunset was beautiful and the set-up allowed for thousands of guests, many of whom were fans who won tickets; when I saw that announcement online I was insanely jealous of anybody living in New York. The actual runway itself seemed rather perilous, especially for Joan Smalls in her insane gown with fur all around the skirt – beautiful but very impractical.

The actual clothes were stunning too. I love the undone, bedroom look and I feel that Tisci really tapped in on it with this collection. There was lots of lace and satin, and I felt that everything was just soft and feminine. I can imagine that lace trimmed cami tops and slip dresses, at the very least, will be popular in fast fashion stores as in each collection that Tisci puts out, at least one item becomes a trend. For example, the lace-up body suits of two seasons back are still everywhere (and worn by average people). I predict that a lace trimmed cami will be this season’s equivalent (or at least I hope so). I also hope that the draped shoulders on many of the tops is picked up on because it is such a pretty look that I’d love to recreate myself. The basic colour palette actually made this show more likeable for me as I do tend to stick to blacks and neutrals. If I were a buyer, I’d take a lot of pieces from this show and order lots of them; it is a wearable and likeable collection, that’s what sells. Perhaps one of the less commercial but all-in-all beautiful looks in the show was the feathered jacket and bejewelled top worn by Magdalena Frackowijk. The detailing is just beautiful with the ombre feathers and the jewels shine when the light hits them. I feel like a celebrity could have quite the red carpet moment in this – I’d like it to be Lady Gaga, wearing the long brown wig that she frequently wore circa 2010. I just love Riccardo Tisci and I always know that I can count on him for a great collection.

Finally, the show had the best dressed guests (wearing Givenchy, of course). My personal favourites were Carine Roitfeld and her daughter Julia – I’d take either of their outfits – and also Uma Thurman.

Also, this may be a slightly unpopular opinion but I love the menswear. It is sleek and unfussy. Tisci made a double-breasted suit look modern which is no mean feat considering that they usually conjure up images of the 80s. Oh, and it helps that the models are always so handsome.

ALTUZARRA

I can say with confidence that Joesph Altuzarra is my favourite New York based designer. He has surpassed Alexander Wang, which for quite some time seemed impossible. Season after season, I see him building a strong brand which I think will just continue to grow. You can already see him establishing a DNA – skirt with high slits, the saddle bag, the sexy-but-not-vulgar aesthetic. Think of his Starfish skirt which you can now buy in a variety of colours; it is a style that is widely available on the high street now too. I’m not sure imitation is the best thing for a designer, especially with a fairly young brand, but it does show success because it means you’ve made something worth copying, something that a lot of people want.

This season, I can see his clothes on regular women. I can see myself in many of the pieces and I can see people I know in them too. Maybe that’s why the brand speaks to me. It isn’t just for celebrities going to events but real women who can wear them to their own events: work, parties, shopping, and restaurants – you name it. And the beauty of it is, single pieces can be bought and the outfit isn’t ruined. You can weave pieces in with items you already own and look just as good. That’s what makes a good collection, because realistically customers don’t buy full runway looks (unless they’re famous). People usually mix and match with things that are already in their wardrobes – even if magazines like to act like we do, people don’t change their entire wardrobe each season, we just add to it. The espadrille inspired heels were actually rather cool (Altuzarra had a Spanish influence this season) and the alligator coat was to die for. I hope both of these items get the editorial coverage they deserve.

ZAC POSEN

I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love Zac Posen as a brand. I class him as America’s closest thing to a couturier as he designs the most beautiful ball gowns and they are so well constructed with boning and corsets. In fact, his design studio in New York is pretty much an atelier.

Something that Posen does well is ball gowns, yet this collection featured very few. However, it was still a knockout. In fact, it showed me that Zac Posen can do something other than eveningwear and it was more of a step back to his roots. It’s easy to forget that he began doing daywear. Since beginning his tenure designing at Brooks Brothers, Posen has been inspired to produce more daywear. Realistically, that’s where the sales are, and I think this collection will fare very well with the buyers.

There were quite a few day dresses that I thought were brilliant and there were actually a lot of looks that would’ve worked just as well in Paris. If Posen wasn’t such an American brand, Paris would be his stomping ground. A couple of pieces reminded me slightly of Raf Simons for Dior, or even vintage Christian Dior illustrations. I feel that even though this was a step away from the red-carpet gown heavy collections of late, there are still quite a few looks that I predict will be worn by stars.

My only criticism would be the slightly deconstructed slip dress with the satin and sheer panels – it seemed off-brand. I could see it more in a Haider Ackermann show than Zac Posen, but Ackermann would’ve used a less shiny satin. Overall, my favourite Zac Posen collection in years, purely because I see a lot that I’d want to wear myself.

CUSHNIE ET OCHS

I often cannot fathom how young this brand is, just because they have such a clear and consistent vision from season to season. As always, you can expect a killer colour palette which just pops and a good model selection – something that matters to me in a show. It often bugs me seeing the same bland models but Cushnie et Ochs usually have a good variety and also lots of models of colour which is important, not just for representation, because the colours just pop against their skin tone and that really brings the collection to life.

This collection was inspired by 90s hip-hop, a movement often ignorned in fashion in favour of grunge (what many people think the 90s was all about). I think someone in particular that needs to be acknowledged for their impact back then is Lil Kim. It is easy to ridicule her now, but you cannot deny that she was the coolest. She was a Versace queen, someone who wore high fashion designs in real life, and someone who was never afraid to take a risk. I often think that Miley Cyrus tries to do nowadays what Kim did back then. However, the moment has past and it has already been done.

My favourite look, in particular, was number 29 which is actually already shoppable (Moda Operandi is doing a trunk show). Cushnie et Ochs is a show that I always look forward to in New York, and a brand that I truly wish success for.

THAKOON

You can understand when looking at a collection like this why Thakoon is favoured my Anna Wintour. He makes damn nice clothes. When you think about it, NYFW really is a showcase for daywear – there’s only a few designers who really specialise in eveningwear – which actually makes sense as it is in line with the principles of American fashion. It has always been sportswear (not activewear, there’s a difference between the two) that has dominated the American market, with clothes that are made for everyday life. It takes a good designer to make daywear equally as exciting as eveningwear and I think that is something Thakoon has done this season.

This collection seems to be a true representation of what women would actually wear as opposed to some far-out notion or a design that only a Kardashian would go for. There were plunging necklines that remained classy, cool patterns, and a dress that reminded me slightly of the Emilia Wickstead one that Gigi Hadid wore to the VMAs. It was a similar style and looked phenomenal on the runway, but if I were a buyer I’d be requesting some changes before I put it in stores – which I suspect will happen anyway. However, a lot of the other looks were ready-to-wear straight off the catwalk with no changes needed.

There were two white jackets which really stood out to me. One of them was just an oversized, western style denim jacket which I think would look really cool with jeans and also dresses. The other was a floral textured jacket of a similar shape. The texture reminded me of the wallpaper in my aunt’s house. That sounds strange but I found it sweet. I really did love this collection.

And the rest…

Jason Wu brought back ruffles and flounce. I feel like this is a trend which has been emerging for a couple of seasons now but this may be what pushes it to the mainstream. I believe it is because Wu did it in subtle ways, as well as the more overt. For example, the green trench coat that opened the show combined fringing and ruffles but was still insanely beautiful and not at all weird looking (when I say fringing and ruffles together that sounds awful, I know). The fringing worked because it was more a fray than a fringe, and the coat looked so fresh because it was a shade of green that wasn’t khaki. There were some insanely intricate details (on the lace t-shirt style dress, for example) which made this collection so good, but you could easily miss them if you don’t look closely. There was one dress in this collection, the floral halterneck, which made me wish that Gossip Girl was still on the air. Blair Waldorf would’ve worn the hell out of it at a garden party in The Hamptons, I just know it.

Phelan’s debut collection was on another level for a debut, but then again, the designer is not fresh out of school but is actually an Alexander Wang knitwear alum – and you can tell this by her use of knitwear. The bubbled texture that was created on a jumper was very cool as was the brushstroke print on one of her dresses which had matching elbow length gloves, always a winner for me. I loved this fluid, body-hugging dress. It was my idea of sexy. However, I’d like to change the neckline to a curved plunging V: think Nicki Minaj’s VMA dress but not as low. I’d stop the plunge at the part where the shaping begins to mould around the chest.

Sally LaPointe, a favourite of mine for the past year or so, endorsed the duster coat. This is a move which some people may loathe (I know a lot of you are over them) but I’m still a fan as I feel they are so versatile, even though they don’t go with everything. Also, I loved the fur clutches. I love finding different ways to use fur.

The hair and make-up at Diane von Furstenberg was just like her own. I love that she has created a brand completely based around herself and what she would wear. The photo of Kendall Jenner that is circulating of her backstage is one of my favourites from fashion month thus far, as is the beauty shot of Aya Jones. I drew parallels between DvF and Jenny Packham’s show, mainly because the two of them featured black dresses and skirts with beautiful, intricate embroidery. In DvF’s case, it was gold butterflies which looked wonderful on Anna Cleveland, and for Jenny Packham it was silver flowers.

I find it quite odd that Vera Wang is primarily known for being a wedding dress designer because she makes such badass clothes. I actually thought her collection was cooler than Alexander Wang (the king of New York cool). I loved these looks – x, y, z.

Elie Tahari’s show reminded me of Olivia Palermo because there was so much there that I think she would wear. I feel like his woman is a glam New Yorker who wants looks that can translate into the office as well as after work fun – I don’t know if that was what he was going for, but if so, he hit the nail on the head. CG also reminded me of Olivia as it all looked so pulled together and that is how I’d describe her. I loved the short neck scarves which reminded me of Grace Kelly in an era gone by.

Rosetta Getty produced another strong lookbook, although the model’s poses were rather odd. I feel like she is the master of understated luxury – the kind of clothes that you buy because you want to wear high quality fabrics and stylish yet classic designs. Everything always looks so cosy.

I want Kerry Washington to wear this Naeem Khan gown, that’s all.

One of the dresses in Jonathan Simkhai’s collection reminded me of my morning commute and oddly that’s not a bad thing. The pattern of the mesh seemed to me like when the train is speeding across the rail bridge and you catch glimpses of the water but your view is obscured by the frame of the bridge – I may be way off on one here. There were a few really cool outfits here, namely these ones: 1, 2.

Prabal Gurung had one of the most beautiful colour palettes of the week, yet it is one that I would struggle to pull off myself. I adore the marigold, it is one of the most beautiful colours out there and looks absolutely magnificent on Lineisy Montero.

The biggest shock of the week for me was that I actually liked Jeremy Scott. I look forward to his collections for Moschino because they’re always a bit of fun and you need that relief by the time you get to Milan. However, I’ve never been a fan of his mainline. Oddly, I loved the hair and make-up. It reminded me slightly of the Barbie show for Moschino but instead of pink there were pale orange lips. It seemed like a parody or an exaggeration of the 60s. I actually thought there were a few pieces that would look really good if they weren’t worn as the full runway look. Take the opening outfit as an example: the top could be worn with both high waisted jeans and flats during the day or with a black pencil skirt and heels at night; the skirt could be worn with a black t-shirt and a pair of Nike’s. Finally, the squiggle pattern trench coat that Anna Cleveland wore was cool and I hope it gets an editorial moment next season.

The carnation coloured dresses at Oscar de la Renta were seriously stunning. I adore the colour and I also loved the crocheted (?) midi dress and the form fitting crinked dress that Aya Jones wore too.

It pains me to say this, but for two seasons in a row I haven’t loved Alexander Wang. He was always my favourite New York designer but I just don’t love this collection. This year is a big year for the brand as it is its 10 year anniversary. It feels insane to me that Alexander Wang is such a young brand (and that the designer is only 31) when you think of the influence that it has had on fashion. Growing up, the brand was always a name I’d heard because it was so big but I don’t think I realised just how new it was. To think of the success that Wang himself has had (he’s practically built an empire and he certainly has a cult-like following) just blows my mind. I wish him decades more success. As for this collection, not a huge fan, but I did love a few of the looks which I’ll insert below. And hey, the after party looked insanely fun – he scores points for that alone!

3.1 Philip Lim is another brand celebrating its 10 year anniversary, and for this show I can already see a couple of looks which will definitely be copied by Zara – this, for example.

I don’t think I ever realised that ADEAM’s designer was Japanese and it explains some of the influences to me a bit more. I love the whole cross over thing with straps like obi belts and dresses folded like origami. My favourite look was this black dress with the interesting straps. I know we’ve seen a lot of dresses with similar necklines recently (even in high street stores) but I think this is an interesting twist having the straps folded. ADEAM is a brand I plan to keep an eye on.

Lady Gaga’s stylist Brandon Maxwell made his debut this season and I have to say that I adored his collection. I love Lady Gaga’s style for the most part – she takes risks – and I found that this collection was practically made for her, but it would work for other people too. I think people forget that Gaga doesn’t just wear meat dresses nowadays. There was some sharp tailoring, cool tops, and dresses that could fit in many women’s wardrobes. I hope this gets picked up by stores and I am looking forward to seeing what price point it is at. I hope that perhaps in a few seasons time people will be talking about Maxwell because he’s produced several consistent collections, not just because he’s Lady Gaga’s stylist. Here’s the full collection.

I’d wear practically everything in Protagonist’s collection, as usual then.

Tibi is designed for every woman. It must be. Every time I see the collections I can think of a bunch of people who different items could suit. I like that in a brand. For example, nowadays Saint Laurent is slightly limiting as to who their customer could be (for a lot of the runway pieces anyway) but Tibi could suit every age group. I love the oversized white suit. I love a slouchy take on a women’s suit – makes it a bit less power dressing, a bit more badass.

SHOPPING FIND OF THE WEEK: Altuzarra VS Missguided

I’ll start this off by saying that I love Altuzarra as a designer. He consistently makes such nice clothes that people actually want to buy and wear. His Fall 2015 collection was definitely one of my favourites of the entire season. I want to also say that I cannot afford Altuzarra so when I see anything that looks remotely similar to his designs, I go wild over it. I love this dress, and although it isn’t a spot-on replica, it is the same style and only has a few big differences, mainly the price…

The Missguided version is only £22, making it a totally affordable dress, although the quality from there can often be dubious so it is something I am wary of. I’ve never had too many issues with Missguided though and usually it is great for me, but sometimes things are not as they look. I’m thinking about buying this dress because it is a pretty good version of the Altuzarra dress that I can’t actually afford. I created a look on Polyvore of how I would style this dress for a work situation. For casual, I think I’d pair it up with a pair of lace-up sandals, maybe ones that hit the mid-calf.

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Missguided – £22

Altuzarra – £891

New York Fashion Week Highlights – Fall 2015

New York is the most commercial of the four main fashion cities. London is known for the raw creativity and young talent, Milan for the sexy Italian fashion, and Paris for the elegance and established houses. This fashion week has been no different. It is still predominantly commercial (read: ready to wear in its most literal sense) but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I think it can be easy to think all the good designers show in Europe but that is not really true. Take Joseph Altuzarra, a fairly young designer who shows in New York, who loved and lauded in fashion – he shows in New York. I think the fact that New York’s schedule is so packed makes it more difficult to split the good from the bad, and it is definitely easy to be overwhelmed just looking at the amount of names. However, there are some shining stars on that show schedule that cannot be ignored.

JASON WU

I like Jason Wu, mainly because he is consistent. Season upon season, collections full of sophisticated designs are sent down the runway and they are often faultless. There are touches of fur all throughout the collection, along with crocodile, cashmere and silk. It all screams luxury yet it isn’t over the top. It is the type of collection that a rich woman will walk into the store and buy because she genuinely likes the pieces, materials and overall quality, not just the name on the tag. If I had the money, I think I could live in this collection. The outerwear is strong: a belted fur coat for the chilly evenings when you still want to look glamorous, a long overcoat for day-to-day usage. There are office appropriate looks, as well as looks for fancy dinners, nights out and even weekend-wear. It has everything that I could want… well minus denim. However, in the fantasy in my head I am a wealthy Manhattanite who flounces between her fun job at the office and charity galas and events. You know, the kind of stuff I’ll never actually do. However, I loved this collection and although it wasn’t exactly out-there, it was stunning. There’s nothing wrong with playing it safe if you execute things to a standard as high as this.

ALTUZARRA

If Altuzarra as a brand is known for one thing it is the shoes. In particular, the lace up, high legged heels that Kim Kardashian has been sporting for the past year or so. Now they are sold everywhere from Zara to Missguided, with some high-end brands making their own version. Who did it first isn’t the point here, but Altuzarra certainly is loved for them. This season marked the debut of his first bag, and while it will be as popular as his shoes is the big question. I’m not so sure. It is a saddle shape, slightly (and I say slightly) reminiscent of the Gucci “Jackie” bag, with tassels and braiding, and it comes in many different colours and leathers. The collection itself was classic Altuzarra. Thigh high slits were rife, as were touches of fur (well more than touches, the fur was huge), mainly on jacket lapels. Some pieces felt a little bit heritage mixed with sex. There was Prince of Wales check blazers and coats teamed up with lace or sheer fabrics underneath. However, my personal favourite looks were towards the end of the show, and were more glitzy evening wear than country. In particular, I adored this wrap-front, sparkling ensemble including the shoes. The model twinkled as she walked.

 THE ROW

The Olsen twins’ line is one of the most talked about luxury brands of the moment, and I understand why. Mary Kate and Ashley are no amateurs and have certainly proven themselves in fashion, no mean feat considering they are essentially celebrity designers. I wrote a post at length on this before if you’d like to read more. I think the understated luxury, the sophisticated but relaxed elegance, of The Row is essential in its success. The colour palette of browns worked brilliantly. I think I prefer brown and other neutral colours at the moment over black, they are softer and just look more comfortable. Yes, there may be such thing as too much black – something that I would never have admitted 6 months ago. Their oversized fit works for them, especially in the jumpers that I have heard nothing but positivity about. I adore the belted coats and the long, sweeping dusters. Even the tailoring didn’t look rigid.  I’m crazy about this dress, minus the trousers underneath. Once again, another hit for The Row. I can bet already that it will be a best seller: if I were a buyer, I’d take the lot.

SALLY LAPOINTE

I stand by my review of Sally LaPointe’s pre-fall collection, and I will give a similar one to this show. Whilst it wasn’t quite as good as the previous collection (purely because I didn’t want it all, like literally every single piece like last season), it was still brilliant. The clothes are unfussy, relaxed and luxurious – for the modern woman, of course. There are fur accents on many pieces, something that is considered a signature of the designer, and a few strictly evening pieces. My favourite look was the white oversized v-neck and fringed skirt combo, paired with some grey mules.

RALPH LAUREN

There were few things wrong with this collection. The colour palette was spot on, the cosy-but-luxurious knit pieces worked brilliantly, the fur accents (made of shearling, not real fur) added a little something extra to the looks to take them from average to brilliant. Ralph Lauren is the King of American fashion and has been for decades, that is a given. Despite this, I sometimes find his collections boring. However, I loved this one. The little black dress in my collage (bottom row on the far right) is a piece that I want in my wardrobe when it comes out. It is timeless, elegant and just looks expensive. Also, I adore the suede trousers and belted cardigans, such a good look. I get the feeling that the fairly newly introduced Polo line for women was slightly unnecessary, especially when the mainline looks so good.

And the rest….

Kanye West x Adidas Originals was underwhelming. There were a couple of good pieces (this coat for example) and I did like the pointy-toed boots, but overall this whole body-stocking thing is just not for me nor were the wig caps…

I liked this particular outfit from Rebecca Minkoff’s Patti Smith-inspired collection. It looks so cosy.

I usually adore Alexander Wang but this time around I didn’t. I don’t know if it was the ridiculous boots that the models could barely walk in or the deathly stares that they were giving, but I couldn’t connect. I liked a few looks (such as x, y & z) but overall it was a miss for me.

Christian Siriano’s jungle-inspired collection was full of colour and prints. Unsurprisingly, my two favourite looks were black (x & y) but the whole collection is worth a look.

Protagonist made its NYFW debut this season and produced a collection full of brilliant basics, the kind of pieces that every woman would want in their wardrobe. I particularly loved this shirt-dress as it is so nipped in at the waist.

I loved these two (x & y) looks at Diane von Furstenberg, and I felt like they were slightly unexpected, perhaps more overtly sexy than what the brand usually goes for. It helps that Grace Mahary is wearing one of the dresses as she makes pretty much anything looks great.

There were quite a few looks that I loved at Zac Posen, including this blue dress with the interesting neckline. I felt that this dress was slightly off-brand, it looks more clubbing-party-girl than I would imagine the Zac Posen client to be. Also, I am in love with the top of this dress. It is the most stunning thing ever and I just love the way the mesh moulds around the model’s body and forms sleeves. However, from the waist down I am not crazy about it.

I really liked Brock Collection, a relatively new brand that has made a collection full of cosy-looking, wearable clothing that I’d actually have a use for in daily life – particularly this outfit.

Natasha Poly looked insane opening Michael Kors in this incredible fur coat. You could not miss it as it was all over Instagram. The whole look was strong, including the bag (and for the most part I hate Michael Kors bags).

This was said to be Proenza Schouler’s most creative, let-loose collection in years and I think that is clear to see through the designs. Some of it may not be the most wearable but at least it is gaining attention which, hopefully for the brand, will translate into sales – perhaps of accessories. I loved this dress, the tights underneath not so much.

I adored Tibi. The laid-back, day-to-day elegance of this collection was unparalleled by any other brands this fashion week. The clothes were soft and so wearable. Look at these this look for example; a cosy sweater but this time with knitted cropped pants. It took me a while to come around to this whole knitwear thing (especially on the bottom half) but I cannot resist the warmth that they provide, especially with the sub-zero temperatures that we are experiencing in many places.

Finally, I liked Marc Jacobs and the whole Diana Vreeland reference. Often I don’t get Marc’s own line and I much preferred his work at Louis Vuitton. Now that he focuses on his own line full time, it is the only offering we get from him. I loved these three looks (x, y & z)