It's A Wrap: Our Favorite Collections From NYFW 2016

by Charlene Flanagan

Ending on a high note with designers like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, New York Fashion Week finally came to a close. Needless to say, there were multiple showcases that have us eagerly waiting for the Fall-Winter collections to hit stores, but our absolute favorites are these fashion houses that were just a cut above the rest. 

BGBC Max Azria NYFW 2016
Cut-outs and clean lines graced the BGBC runway. It would seem that the brand paid tribute to the Late David Bowie with this collection. The idea of “performance and performer” are clearly seen in the brand’s designs like the Lurex tops—woven with yarn which has a shiny, metallic appearance. A typical design from this collection was a soft, off-the-shoulder sweater dress in a rather dazzling peacock blue. This was perfectly paired with a cropped trouser and slashed Lurex leggings.

Adam Selman NYFW 2016
Adam Selman’s collection was a gritty take on murder mysteries, where he used a lot of black tones which was interspersed with blues and reds. Despite treading on the dark side, the silhouettes remained feminine with their beads, lace trims, and peek-a-boo accents that were borderline bedroom wear in some pieces. Overall, the collection was extremely wearable and would fit right in the closets of the new-age women.

Monique Lhuillier NYFW 2016
If you’re looking for a bold way to show off your feminine side, you shouldn’t give Monique Lhuillier’s collection a miss. The designer's inspired use of prints and textures are pretty without being saccharine (if you know what we mean), and injected a burst of color among the more neutral toned line-ups seen at Fall-Winter collections. 

Claudia Li NYFW 2016
Considered one of the biggest newcomers to watch out for, Claudia Li has everyone taking notice, particularly after her successful stints with Brandon Maxwell and J.W. Anderson. At NYFW, Li showcased her second collection which prominently featured handwoven panels, layering of fabrics, and sculptural folds—all indicative of the collections theme—self-preservation! PS: Denim fans will love her collection as she uses the fabric in inspired and offbeat ways to break through the clutter.  

Marchesa NYFW 2016
Marchesa’s Fall collection was a rather refreshing take on John Singer Sargent’s portraits of women. The collection of gowns in pastels and scarlet tones gracefully sweeped the floor, as they found their drama in feathers, rosettes, embellished see-through panels, and interesting drapes. Very Edwardian and structured in some ways, yet so playful and flirty in others. 

The line by new Creative Directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne featured an equal mix of street style—New York urbanity—and deconstruction. Very 90s in a sense, you could spot petal motifs, abstract prints, denims paired with crop tops, a lot of pinstripes, and oversized silhouettes. The talking point, however, became their play on the DKNY abbreviation, which made their way on to the garments in multiple versions: "Don't Knock New York", "Dazed Kids New York", and "Designers Know Nothing Yet". 

Michael Kors NYFW 2016
If you’re wondering what to make of the Michael Kors Fall collection, it’s just as the show notes read—“The flirty freedom of things that move…” By far one of our favorites of the season, Kors traveled back in time to the 70s and met his style icon Jackie O to borrow her oversized sunglasses and Italian loafers. You'd think that was the highlight, but actually the real charmers were the many defiant shots in his collection: Slits, short skirts, crop trousers in Winter; sweatshirts at night; embellished dresses for the day; bright summery colors instead of dark, neutral palettes; flip-flops for the night, heels for the day, and basically anything and everything that is not the expected norm.

"Make your own rules", says Michael—and with that we end the day feeling inspired to try something new and be bold with our fashion choices this year. 

Images Via Instagram/NYFW

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