NYFW: Pretty only goes so far …

Less than a full week into New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 and all I can do is yawn.

I’m sure the clothes in person are beautifully made and tailored to perfection (I am not there in person so I’m going to concede that looking at the collections on a 13″ MacBook Air might diminish the magic a bit) but how many deep-V dresses, shirts, and coats can a person look at without screaming “is that all there is”?

By my reckoning every designer has shown the same trends, details, color palette, silhouettes and textiles … adding their personal twist sometimes but sometimes looking unrefreshingly similar to another designer’s collection. It’s like they all got the same playbook that directed them to make ….

A White Shirt:  As seen at …

EDUN RTW Spring 2015

Alexander Wang RTW Spring 2015

Versus RTW Spring 2015

Prabal Gurung RTW Spring 2015

Isa Arfen RTW Spring 2015

Zac Zac Posen RTW Spring 2015

A deep V:  As seen at …

Altuzarra RTW Spring 2015

Diane von Furstenberg RTW Spring 2015

Nanette Lepore RTW Spring 2015

Angel Sanchez RTW Spring 2015

3.1 Phillip Lim RTW Spring 2015

Yigal Azrouel RTW Spring 2015

Matched Sets: As seen at …

Derek Lam RTW Spring 2015

Tommy Hilfiger RTW Spring 2015

Lela Rose RTW Spring 2015

Kye RTW Spring 2015

L.A.M.B. RTW Spring 2015

Cutouts: As seen at …

DKNY RTW Spring 2015

Rosie Assoulin RTW Spring 2015

Thakoon RTW Spring 2015

Charles Youssef RTW Spring 2015

Black and White: As seen at virtually every collection so far (my big prediction: Black and white will BE BIG NEXT SPRING) including  …

Donna Karan RTW Spring 2015

Escada RTW Spring 2015

Ohne Titel RTW Spring 2015

The Row RTW Spring 2015

Public School RTW Spring 2015

Printed/Patterned Coats (a trend which I am super in favor of): As seen at …

Carolina Herrera RTW Spring 2015

Tracy Reese RTW Spring 2015

Jonathan Cohen RTW Spring 2015

Creatures of the Wind RTW Spring 2015

I could go on and on and on with examples of the repeating themes (I left out Kimono dressing; asymmetric angled wrap skirts, crop tops, print dresses, stripes, shorts, culottes, layering and slouchy pants to name a few.) but I’m not trying to be a nag.

To be sure all of the clothes look gorgeous; I wouldn’t kick any of them out of my closet.

I loved the entire Donna Karan collection for her signature easy elegance and I loved the DKNY pairing of pale blue and persimmon. Prabal Gurung’s angled sensibilities and striking color combinations look particularly fresh in his cutout, mesh, knits. I am perpetually fascinated with heavenly construction and tailoring delivered by The Row and Alice + Olivia showed two delicious and witty print dresses (one a literal “Zebra print” and the other a full-skirted blue and white frock decorated with what looked like a Picasso) that made me swoon.

All of the collections look like they’d fit the same easy-going cool American girl who likes things a little bit sporty,  a little bit lady-like. In some ways the clothes seem to be quintessentially American in their laid-back appeal.

I just wish they would also take some risks, display some subversiveness and rebelliousness.

Oh well, there’s always London and Paris to look forward to.

Ciao for now …





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