Erica Boisaubin, 23, is a stylist and fashion blogger based in New York City. For more on her sartorial musings and styling work, visit her website.
Iridescent slip dresses, 90’s raver pants, the continuation of the skinny scarf, and fun silhouettes were all present at New York Fashion Week for the Spring/Summer 2016 season. With a myriad of trends spotted on each runway the major underlying theme of this fashion week was clearly individualism. Heavy hitters such as the Mulleavy sister’s for Rodarte, Shayne Oliver for Hood By Air and Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy (who showed for the first time in NYC) all embraced their roots and contrasting aesthetics, which made for an exhilarating experience for show goers and those watching from their smart devices alike. While fashion has always been an outlet of expression for the individual, these past few seasons’ large portions of designers were embracing normcore and minimalism advocating that less is more. This upcoming spring however, the maximalist is back and more finally equates to more.
Amongst my favorites were new kids on the block Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk of Area who debuted their S/S ’16 collection and stunned NYFW with feminine, classic and sporty shapes making their alumni status of Calvin Klein pretty much evident.
Varsity players like Carolina Herrera had fun with high tech fabrics all the while managing to keep her uptown girl sophisticated and true to self.
Coach, a brand who has proven they can stand the test of time had it’s first ever Women’s RTW show and did not disappoint. Their collection was 70’s heaven, sending looks down the catwalk for girls who love a heavy serving of boho but need a side of chic to go. The girly frocks were styled with flat animal printed booties proving that mixing prints is still actually a thing. Stuart Vevers showed his ability to take classic spring styles and patterns yet make them fun and exciting. Looking at the garden theme of the show and how literal it all seemed I’m sure we were all thinking of Miranda Priestly, “Florals for Spring?” one liner. I hate to break it to you all, but in this case, they were actually groundbreaking.
With the millions of people in the Big Apple, I personally believe that fashion week is one of the few times of the year that the energy of the city seems to be a bit more unified. Whether you’re obsessed with the latest trends or couldn’t care less, there is an unspoken rule that September is a time for rebirth, even if it’s just in the form of a new purse.