by Rose Fritch
Collections for spring 2016 show an affection for bold color statements and historically inspired silhouettes. Harbison brightened the runway with rich, bold, largely androgynous color. Accents of bright red, yellow and navy paired well with the ivory and pale blue tones that were the foundation of his palette. Pants were long and flared with sailor style button details. Skirts varied in length but regardless of the shape, they ended in a ruffle, pleat or mermaid flair. Classic sheath and shirt dresses were inspired by a decade long past, but they were made current with unexpected lacing and fish net details. Some of the models wore modern, oversized statement earrings and long pendants, while others traded in their jewelry for over-the-top embellishment like buttons, sashes and bows.
Michael Costello’s spring collection boasts rich saturated color which paired beautifully with his signature flowing gowns. The use of monochromatic pink, green, and sunflower yellow gave his collection a fun but decidedly feminine look. Dresses were long and flowing, and shirt sleeves and pant legs were accentuated with a flare. Lacing was used throughout his collection which added interest to his designs. Rhinestone belts, sparkling crowns and oversized chest pieces made an enchanting, regal statement. His solid, bright colors were the perfect back drop for the non-traditional old world style jewelry pieces.
Rose is a Sorrelli New York Fashion Week Correspondent