One of the most buzzed about weeks in New York City has once again arrived, New York Fashion Week. The lineup of fashion shows all around the city has grown and so has the ‘see now, buy now’ business model for many designers. It seems the goal is to target consumers in a big way! More American fashion brands are choosing to present their current collections to the public and giving them the option to buy it instantly, instead of six months ahead. Although not everyone has adopted this way of presenting their NYFW collections. Europe is still also opting to present their collections the classic way. On another note, we hope to see more growing numbers in the model diversity portion. Last season saw an increase but we definitely will keep an eye on what that inclusion represents.
For now, we move on and take a closer look at some of the most noteworthy collections seen this week so far. For the complete schedule (and still some TBA shows) of shows, you can visit NYMag.com. If you want to talk all things runway, collections, the good, bad and oh hell to the no, then make sure to follow and check out the One Style at a Time accounts on Instagram, Facebook Page and Twitter for all the #NYFW updates. Without further adieu, we give you some of our favorite shows beginning with Tom Ford who in a season that is meant to present spring/summer 2017, decided to present his current fall/winter 2016 collection and we loved it. Scroll for more fashion ready to wear favorites.
There is something quite special about witnessing a live fashion show and one of the best moments is to see a garment in action on the runway. Last week we had the pleasure of attending Leanne Marshall’s Fall/Winter 2016 show during NYFW. Perhaps the name sounds familiar? Leanne was the season five winner of Project Runway. She was born in Yuba City, California and now resides in New York where she continues to work on her ready to wear line and her signature bridal collection. She has also dressed some of the most elite ladies in music and Hollywood including, Carrie Underwood, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell and Paula Abdul among many others. Marshall’s designs are known for their feminine, timeless, light, flowing lines and this new fall collection proves to include that trademark effect. One after the other, these gowns were ethereal and just flowed as the models made their way through the runway. The show opened with some cocktail dresses in dark hues, but it wasn’t long until we started to see longer evening gowns in black, marigold, burgundy and metallics. Fanned and sheer paneled sleeves offset fitted bodices and plunging necklines. The designer played with the flowing fabrics by juxtaposing them with boots and more masculine shoe selections from shoe sponsor Mia Shoes. That was a surprising twist and really allowed the gowns to make the grander statement. We are thrilled that Leanne was able to talk to One Style at a Time regarding her new collection, inspiration and more. Leanne, congratulations on your FW16 runway show. It was an absolutely beautiful collection. Thank you for the invite and the opportunity to see the show in person. What was your design inspiration for this fall collection?
Iam so delighted that you could attend and they you enjoyed the show. Instead of revealing my inspiration this season, I would prefer for people to tell me what they saw in the collection. What did the garments say to you?
Personally, the garments felt like they contained seasonal elements of nature. The gold, bronze and dark hues with all the movement were very symbolic of the winds and feel of transitions to autumn. Your gowns have so much feminine, fluid movement. Are there any particular elements or fabrics that provide inspiration in order to accomplish this technique?
I love using fabrics with movement like silk organza and chiffon.
How does the energy of New York City influence your brand and style aesthetics?
NYC has a profound effect on my design. All my colors choices come from what I see while I am walking around.
Since becoming the winner of Project Runway’s season 5, how has your brand and design style evolved?
I think more about what the consumer wants to wear and buy than highly conceptualized inspirations and collections. I put art in my designs while still allowing them to be something women want to wear.
Finally Leanne, where do you see the Leanne Marshall brand and your designs in the future?
Our next step is to make our designs more accessible to the public.
Thank you to Leanne and her team for this exclusive Q&A.
Photo credit: Getty Images
Byline: Neilson Barnard, Credit: Getty Images for Leanne Marshall Designs
Shoes by Mia Shoes
Hair and makeup by Aveda
YouTube Leanne Marshall video exclusive by One Style at a Time
Lela Rose is always one of the much-anticipated ready to wear fashion shows during NYFW. This past week she presented her fall/winter 2016 show at the Gallery at the Skylight Clarkson Square venue. She is well known for very romantic and feminine daytime dresses that include prints and A-line silhouettes. She’s from the south so she understands the embodiment of lady-like and a polished style. For this coming fall, Lela decided to switch things up a bit and although she did present dresses that will surely appeal to woman and her long list of celebrity clients, separates were now a part of this collection. She was inspired to work with texture and dimensions and wanted to present her version of ‘modern suiting’. Some of the pieces included bell sleeves, embroideries, touches of metallics and a soft palette that included an earthy green moss hue. What was also new? Well, the fact that for the first time three of these runway looks would be available immediately worldwide and directly from her website, LelaRose.com. Overall this collection kept in line with Rose’s design aesthetics but with some day to night options for the busy woman who appreciates high-quality fashion.
Her show was a full house and it included attendance by celebrities such as Skyler Samuels, Lorenza Izzo and Portia Doubleday (pictured below). All three of these ladies sat front row and were dressed in current looks by Lela Rose’s collections.
Angel Sanchez presented his autumn/winter 2016 collection this past week during New York Fashion Week. The show invitation did include the name ‘Fetish’ with a dark image of winged feathers. That definitely set the theme and it peaked the curiosity of what was to come. In an intimate setting at his midtown, garment district studio, the models made their way down the runway and the mood was definitely dark, romantic and highly elegant. Angel’s designs are usually monochromatic and architecturally inspired and in this collection, he certainly kept his aesthetics. The approach was more dramatic and as he told the WWD publication, he “is obsessed with the mystery of the night” and it definitely showed as he wanted to present the “faces of desire”. There were sensual cocktail and evening gowns that featured lace and illusion necklines with velveteen ribbons. The neckline was a key point which was highlighted by bold, high neckpieces. Touches of color such as gold, deep red and purple tied in this beautiful collection that was magical, sexy and full of dark, noir dramatic notes.
PHOTO CREDIT: WWD.com Models hair styling by Fekkai Makeup by Bobbi Brown Shoes by Andrea Gomez Accessories by Teresa Sanchez Special thanks to the Angel Sanchez team for the show invite.
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All eyes are on New York as the city is host of New York Fashion week. Designers have made their way to the big apple and brought their Fall/Winter 2016 collections with them. Although the city is finally free from the mountains of snow, the temperatures are at record-breaking lows and in full polar vortex mode.
Despite the arctic temperatures, the shows must go on and so they did. The first few days of fashion week are already giving us plenty of noteworthy coats and separates that include textures, colors and layers to play with for next autumn. The sophistication of Jason Wu’s tailoring, the popular color yellow continues living on in Marissa Webb’s collection and the entire collection by Cushnie et Ochs was romantic, sexy and a great nod to vintage fashion. Then there is that moment when you thought fashion is so casual, laid back and unkempt. Here comes the elegance and high glamour expected by Pamella Roland, and she did not disappoint. I mean hello, if those gowns aren’t red carpet magnets…
Here are some of the collections that have captured our eye so far. Now, keep in mind this is just the beginning.
CUSHNIE ET OCHS
Photo credit: Vogue/NOWFASHION
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