by Christine Neumann
As New York Fashion Week draws to a close , we can’t help but now look forward to the season ahead, with visions of florals and tropical breezes top of mind. Designers translated those warm breezes and floral-printed confections into flowing, voluminous silhouettes. Spring 2016 still echoes the presence of bohemian ideals, however this time around, designers and brands have elevated the garments with luxurious fabrics and distinct prints.
The Parsons MFA runway show for emerging student talent displayed a range of design techniques and aesthetics, but one particular standout was the work of Mayako Kano of New Zealand. Photographs from early 20th century Japan inspired her collection, and showed full skirts and flowing dresses with a garden of colored embroidery. The lineup had a feeling of weightlessness, even when using heavily embroidered silken fabric, the intricate floral designs made garments looks dainty, while other pieces were found in airy, sheer fabrics that lent an ethereal feeling to the voluminous silhouettes.
[Image via Cynthia Rowley; Photo by William Eadon]
Cynthia Rowley sartorially captured the beach this season, in a collection showen via a video presentation. The runway show, which was shot on a beach in Montauk, New York used flying drones to make the audience feel as if they were there on the sand. Breezy maxi dresses were shown in shining black fabric with elegant pastel floral designs tactfully incorporated into the designs. Rowley brought in brighter hues through loose fitting silk garments and sparkling embellishments, all evoking the feeling of warm winds and gorgeous sunsets on the beach.
Christine is a Sorrelli New York Fashion Week Correspondent