My blisters are finally healing up from New York Fashion Week, and I am excited to share my coverage of the new collections with you! Even though these collections are for spring and summer 2018, there are styles and trends you can take away from them to start wearing NOW, and I’ve included my recommendations under each collection.
If you haven’t watched my New York Fashion Week vlog yet, take a peek at that to see some of these looks in action on the runway!
NOTE: I only had my iPhone with me for most shows and presentations, so I am using images sent to me by designers or taken from other websites hyperlinked below each image. All photography rights are reserved to the owners.
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Alice + Olivia
The Alice + Olivia SS18 Collection was inspired by the Chelsea Hotel in New York. I at first did not know the reputation of the Chelsea Hotel, but it was explained to me that it was home to many artists, writers, and actors. The artsy vibe definitely can be seen in some of the collection’s pieces.
Overall, the collection is extremely feminine and playful, featuring bold bright colors and patterns. I am a big fan of floral print, so I was pleased to see the two-tone floral pieces. I also loved the embellishment featured on many pieces, whether it was floral stitching or gemstones adhered to the fabric.
Of all the collections, this would have to be my favorite just because it is most similar to my personal style, and I could envision myself in literally every piece.
Wear the Runway: Look for embellished pieces such as jeans, jackets, and dresses. Don’t be afraid to mix floral patterns with other bold pieces.
All Comes From Nothing
All Comes From Nothing is designed for the artist inside each woman. It’s rather simplistic with a feminine street style vibe.
There were a lot of neutral pieces but toward the end of the show, more colors such as muted orange and green started to emerge. I loved the stripe on stripe looks as well as how the designer styled work wear with sweatshirts. I also enjoyed the graphic tees with sayings such as “Too Glam to Give a Damn” which added playfulness to the otherwise simple pieces.
Wear the Runway: Look for graphic tees and sweatshirts with attitude as well as striped pieces. Add a sweatshirt to a nicer skirt or dress.
Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo
The Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo collection is available to shop today! Unlike the others, this was designed for the fall and winter.
This presentation is the one that was interrupted by an animal rights protestor. I’m trying to nail down which pieces are the ones in question and will update when I receive confirmation.
Overall, this collection seems pretty similar to what I have seen out at retailers such as Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. If you are looking for cuter work attire, definitely check it out, but for outside of the 9-5, most pieces are just updates on basic fall attire.
Wear the Runway: Look for muted jewel tones, military jackets, and crushed velvet pieces.
Brittany Nicole’s collection was full of fun colors, patterns and modern feminine pieces.
The pieces remind me of a younger and hipper Kate Spade. They have all the classic elements (Stark white and black stripes with pops of pink) with a unique edge. I especially loved the difference in texture between pieces. You can see this in the pictures above!
Keep an eye out for Brittany Nicole. I have a feeling this brand will be growing.
Wear the Runway: Look for white and black stripes or other patterns, and pair them with a pop of fun color.
The Calvin Klein SS18 Collection was classic Americana with some hints of Andy Warhol.
Collared shirts with pocket details, denim jackets and pants and statement coats were the bread and butter, which reminded me of the modern Western outfits seen in the HBO show Westworld. There were also some pieces that were part of a new Andy Warhol collaboration seen on some jackets and pants.
I recently picked up some big Western-style belts so I was very happy to see this trend will be continuing on through the fall and into the new year.
Wear the Runway: Look for classic Americana pieces, such as denim jackets, collared shirts with pocket detail, and big belts and cowboy boots.
The Francesca Liberatore show was fun for me before it even started because I got to see Miss J embrace Kelly Catrone from America’s Next Top Model only 10 feet or so away from me. After it started, I thoroughly enjoyed the clothes, too!
The collection reminded me of a modern Little House on the Prairie. There were plaids and muted colors that again reminded me of Westworld, not to mention a lot of the bustiers in the dresses eerily similar to May’s outfits from the show. However, there were also lots of delicate layers and blingy details that made this more of a 21st century style.
I could definitely see myself in lots of these pieces, particularly the blingy dresses with fun bustiers.
Wear the Runway: Look for Americana plaids and colors such as muted red and blue, as well as bustier details in tops and dresses.
Gregorio Sanchez took a lot of inspiration from the 70s in his SS18 collection and I was here for it.
There were lots of two piece sets consisting of a cropped jacket and either shorts, pants or a skirt. They all had circular boho embellishments with pops of color. Most of the pieces were neutral or earth tones, and I especially loved the orange and green shades used. Studded leather belts were included with lots of outfits, which I think helped to add to the boho look of the collection and tie it all together.
Wear the Runway: Look for 70s style pieces, fun appliques and earth tones.
Kate Spade drew inspiration from New Orleans for the presentation itself as well as the SS18 collection.
There were lots of floral and plaid patterns like you’d expect from the brand, but there also were some elements of street style. I never really think of Kate Spade and street style being one and the same, so some of the edgier pieces like the furry slides and bomber jackets were unexpected. However, I liked the return of the fanny pack! I know Kate Spade is trying to shake things up, but I do wish there were more quintessential Kate Spade pieces. I love the classic polka dots and stripes!
Wear the Runway: Look for muted floral patterns, ruffled jackets, off the shoulder pieces and fanny packs (heck yes!)
Katie Gallagher‘s 17th collection is called “RAIN.” The presentation featured rain-like effects and I definitely saw the theme carry over into the pieces.
This collection was all about layering. Many pieces were made to layer over a slip, bodysuit or two piece set. There were also lots of sheer insets in the leggings. The designs were edgy while maintaining femininity with tulle and ribbons. I loved the little embellishments that each piece had. Most pieces were black, but there were pops of a baby blue, definitely playing on the “RAIN” theme.
Wear the Runway: Look for layerable pieces, such as bralettes, slips, bodysuits, etc. and lace or sheer insets into shirts or leggings.
Lu Yang by Yang Lu
Lu Yang by Lang Yu took some of my favorite trends from this spring and summer and updated them. Good news, ladies, off the shoulder will be back!!!
This collection used a lot of white as the basis for each outfit, almost like a blank canvas that was then “painted on” with other fabric, pieces, or accessories in primary colors. I really liked how a blue slip dress was styled over a white and yellow frilly top. I also enjoyed the head wraps and fun belts.
Wear the Runway: Look for stark white shirts and dresses, then jazz them up with layerable pops of color or fun accessories. Also, yay for more off the shoulder pieces!
Meriem Belkhayat’s collection made me want to book a one-way ticket to some Middle Eastern oasis. I was OBSESSED with everything that walked down the runway.
This collection was a fun mix of traditional Middle Eastern attire with modernized fashions. I loved the bold colors, rich fabrics and sparkly embellishments. I also liked how some skirts became tulle at the bottom! I think this was a great feminine collection that speaks to traditional dress as much as it does the modern woman’s closet.
Wear the Runway: Look for rich fabrics like silk and velvet in a variety of bright colors, as well as floral and sparkle embellishments.
There were four collections at the Project Runway show, representing the work of the four contestants of Project Runway Season 16.
I enjoyed getting to see Heidi Klum’s stunning purple dress (though that was not a design featured in any collection). I also included some of my favorite pieces from the collections above. I especially liked the last collection and it appears the judges did as well! It will be fun to watch this back on Project Runway when I know more about each contestant and can really visualize each of their styles more.
Wear the Runway: There was a lot going on here, so my main takeaway is if you think Heidi Klum would wear it, buy it.
The Tory Burch SS18 collection actually made me think of spring and summer, especially with the unique choice of outdoor venue at the Cooper Hewitt Museum.
You can see classic Tory Burch in the pieces through the logo and the colors, but I appreciate that the styles for the most part are new and more geared toward street style (as much as Tory Burch can be.) The vibe I got was that of a boho beach party. The colors were simple and generally earth tones. I liked the loose fitting pants, slip dresses and caftans. I could easily see myself wearing one at the beach or the lake. I also enjoyed the trench coats and tunics paired with some fun and chunky jewelry. I swear I have seen an old picture of Hillary Clinton in a sweater and striped pants like one of the outfits above… Overall, I really liked this collection.
Wear the Runway: Look for earth tones, flowy pieces like slip dresses and culottes, and fun geometric patterns. Find a fun trench, too!
Which collection was your favorite?? Let me know below!