NEW YORK SS16 TRENDS

London Fashion Week has come and gone like a tropical thunderstorm storm - out of the blue, brief and electrifying. Now that the dust can settle, I've finally been able to come to my senses and digest the incredible things that have happened over the past five days - which include meeting Shini Park, rubbing shoulders with Cara Delevingne, breathing the same air as Anna Wintour and being photographed by Scott Schuman. But I'm sure you knew all that, considering you're following me on Snapchat. You better get to it if you aren't already. You're missing out on a lot of exciting moments.

Another thing I've been able to catch up on is NYFW - the most fun, bold and alive of the major fashion weeks. As per tradition (or one I'd like to commit to more often), I've picked out some of my favourite New York SS16 trends. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scrolling. Popcorn optional.

 

 

 

1. FRINGE BENEFITS

 

It may be almost a hundred years since flapper dresses were all the rage, but if you think fringe is dated - you're wrong. It's definitely here to stay. There couldn't be a better place than the runways of New York to see these dangly bits being reinvented. From a trailing train of mahjong tiles (Vivienne Tam) to a Cousin Itt trim (Givenchy), you'll find it all. Plus, fringe is fun. It adds so much more dimension and movement to a look. All you gotta do is shake, shake, shake.

 

 

 

{1. Dion Lee / 2. Givenchy / 3. Alexander Wang / 4. Prabal Gurung / 5. Christian Siriano / 6. Vivienne Tam / 7. Hervé Léger}

 

 

 

2. TEQUILA SUNRISE

 

A typical stylish New York wardrobe in the 90s may have looked a lot like what you see when you shut your eyes tight - pitch black. Open your eyes in 2016 and you'll have a grade of colours that will leave you thirsty for that Californian cocktail of citruses and tequila. Alcoholic tendencies aside, orange is one of those colours that complements every skin tone - you just have to find the right shade that you love. Actually finding it is another story. But as it pops up more often on the runways, the chances of it trickling down into smaller labels for mass markets, you'll be more than likely spoilt for choice.

 

{1. Altuzarra / 2. Maiyet / 3. Prabal Gurung / 4. BOSS / 5. Narciso Rodriguez / 6. Michael Kors / 7. Dion Lee / 8. Opening Ceremony / 9. Betsey Johnson / 10. Oscar De La Renta / 11. Jeremy Scott / 12. Christian Siriano }

 

 

 

3. SAY YES TO KITSCH

 

Bohemian patterns, graphic prints, lots of textures and even more colour - the recipe for a hippie-chic aesthetic. Personally, I'd feel a little bit like a donut with too many sprinkles if I chose to wear this many clashing elements all at once, however for the right person, it could be perfect. I think it's more of a personality thing. If you're playful, eccentric, creative and a dash of crazy, this could be the wardrobe for you.

 

 

{1. Marc Jacobs / 2. Diane Von Furstenberg / 3. Libertine / 4. 3.1 Philip Lim / 5. Tory Burch / 6. Naeem Khan / 7. Delpozo / 8. Anna Sui / 9. Jeremy Scott / 10. Reem Acra / 11. Tommy Hilfiger}

 

 

 

4. LAYERING IT LIGHT

 

This is by far the best thing to happen in fashion. Why wait for the mercury to drop before you can start piling clothes on top of each other, be it a dress over a shirt (Derek Lam) or a jacket over a jacket (3.1 Philip Lim). It's all about that perfect balance of dimension and not melting under the sun. Summer layering can be such a pleasure once you've got the perfect pieces to put together.

 

 

 

{1. Tome / 2. 3.1 Philip Lim / 3. Ralph Lauren / 4. Maiyet / 5. Opening Ceremony / 6. Hervé Léger / 7. Derek Lam / 8. Elie Tahari / 9. CK Collection / 10. BCBG Max Azria / 11. BOSS / 12. Michael Kors }

 

 

 

5. FREE THE NIPPLE

 

I hardly think that designers intend for you to flash your bare chests when you wear their clothes and go on about your daily lives. On the runway it's done to make the clothes look as pure as possible without distracting from their design. But with the huge hype over the freeing of nipples on social media recently, one wonders if there is a message being sent down the runways. Fashion people appear to be desensitised to the apparent shock factor of boobs, which could be a seen as a progressive step in the right direction. So, are they fighting for the cause by trying to normalise it? Or perhaps it's all in my head. Either ways, it's time to stock up on the sheers.

  

{1. Givenchy / 2. Diane Von Furstenberg / 3. Dion Lee / 4. Marchesa / 5. Bibhu Mohapatra / 6. Zimmerman / 7. Oscar De La Renta / 8. Michael Kors / 9. Thakoon / 10. Proenza Schouler / 11. Badgley Mischka / 12. DKNY }

Now that you've got a little glimpse into what NYFW was all about, keep watching this space for LFW updates, including streetstyle and outfits! Time to rest my eyes (and macbook) from Lightroom and Photoshop abuse. I'm out.

Runway images courtesy of Vogue.

CLUB 21 – F/W 2015

Unless your name is Patrick and you hail from Bikini Bottom, you have no excuse not to know about multi-label boutique Club 21 (you know, because of living under a rock and all). From Marni to McCartney, they've got clothing, shoes and accessories from all the drool-worthy designers one could go gaga over. Just last week I popped by their gallery space to preview the goodies F/W 2015 has in store before they actually hit the store. While I've got my heart set on a certain white bag (looking at you, Jack and Lazaro), it occurred to me that this year it wouldn't be totally crazy to splurge – sorry, I mean invest in a good winter coat. After all, I do have to look stylish while piling on the layers back in London. But this shall remain just a thought until I can fully consider it, while a little less delirious from fasting and this muggy heat. Don't forget to head on down to Fashionide to discover the super adorable Cities loafers by Joshua Sanders, also available at Club 21.

Club 21

Four Seasons Hotel
190 Orchard Boulevard
#01-01/02
248646
Singapore
Tel: +65 6304 1385
www.club21global.com

1. Calvin Klein 2. Issey Miyake 3. Stella McCartney 4. Proenza Schouler 5. Alexander Wang 6. Junya Watanabe

AN UNTAMED EXPERIENCE – SAVAGE BEAUTY

Alexander Mcqueen: Savage Beauty

Every now and again, especially on despondent days when creativity and inspiration have run dry, I like to indulge myself in what I call a “McQueen Marathon”. This ritual consists of me visiting the Alexander McQueen website and revelling in the glory of the video archives of past collections. Alexander McQueen was not only a genius in designing clothes, he knew how to put on a show, invoking all sorts of emotions that were buried within the human psyche. He dissolved the boundaries of fashion, allowing inspiration from the realms of nature, art, music, history, religion and culture to flow in. Just watching these digital memories on a laptop screen was enough to send wonder surging through my veins. So one can only imagine the excitement and reverence I felt as I finally got the chance to experience firsthand the monumental pieces from these groundbreaking shows at Alexander Mcqueen: Savage Beauty.

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Image: V&A Museum

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