The eighth day of New York Fashion Week started out with a bang yesterday morning at the Michael Kors show at Spring Studios. Mr. Kors’ shows have long been the hottest tickets in town and for good reason. Everything surrounding the event is glam, glam, glam, from the A-list crowd all the way to the sequin gowns. The Kors team has a knack for securing the hottest models for the runway, in this case Gigi Hadid, clad in a peacock silk georgette dress, Kendall Jenner in an opulent peacock fur coat and lace skirt, and Karlie Kloss working the finale look, a graphite beaded silk gown.
Meanwhile, the PYTs in the front row, like Girls star Allison Williams and model Lily Aldridge, swayed along to Beck’s Grammy winning “Morning Phase,” (sorry Kanye) as signature MK fall classics came out – silver fox capes, sumptuous knits in shades of charcoal and chocolate, day-to-night wool boucle dresses and satin wool tuxedo gowns. And oh, the outwear – wool trenches, herringbone double-breasted cashmere blazers and military-inspired pea coats.
Next it was onto Delpozo, the heritage Spanish couture line. Creative director Josep Font sent out an artistic, structural collection inspired by Australian artist Rhys Lee and Russian painter Andrey Remnev. Wool voile, crepe, felt and velvet were the central fabrics used to convey straight and structured silhouettes, like tall column dresses, ruffled dress-coats and voluminous shift dresses. Handcrafted fabric flowers and metallic appliqués accented most of the looks, with some looking more “crafts” then “arts,” but the joy of the clothing permeated through.
Later on at Marchesa, designers Georgina Chapman and Karen Craig did what they do best at the St. Regis hotel, and that was send out jaw dropping, show stopping gowns perfect for the upcoming Academy Awards. There was a ’20s vibe to many of the pieces, some short dresses with columns of swinging frill-like layers, perfect for new mom Blake Lively, who took in the collection. Other standouts include the brand’s signature tulle numbers in shades of gray, white and black, with Swarovski crystals filling in the bodice.
Closing out the day was Proenza Schouler, another hot ticket commonly attended by downtown It girls, like Gaia Repossi and Julia Restoin Roitfeld. This collection, held at the Whitney Museum was a riff on Mad Max yet sultry in a Showgirls kind of way. Highlights included trench coats in a range of fabrications, from gray kimono-style to cow print, as well as cranberry off-the-shoulder cutout dresses and fur vests complemented by paneled skirts and fishnets. Grommeting, sequins and fringe accented almost every look. And the audience ate it up.