It is that time again: Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week has kicked off fashion February in a big way! This also means it is time for my bi-annual report on all the fall 2015 trends and happenings so that you can stay in the loop and keep your trendsetter status.
Fashion week is my favorite time of the year. It means it is time to rejuvenate our closets with fresh trends for the upcoming season. I don’t call it a weeklong holiday for nothing after all. I thought I would also add some spice being as this article marks my 1-year anniversary with 303 Magazine, so stick around for juicy MBFW news!
If you do not know the drill already, fashion week is a spread of runway shows that brings together designers, models, celebrities, buyers, press, and the general public to exhibit their works of art for the following season, while setting the bar for trends to come. Fashion weeks all over the world take place twice a year in February and September and designers use 15 minutes or less to show everyone what they are made of.
I have included some of my favorite highlights from the week that show off the predominant Fall 2015 trends, a fashion focus of fun facts on designers, and MBFW news.
Just a Few Fall 2015 Trends
1) Colors: Navy, Fuchsia, Mustard, Gray, Metallics; assortment of neutrals creating monochromatic outfits or crisp neutrals paired with a print
2) Texture; furs, leathers, and knits were all over the runways
3) Prints & graphics of all sorts
Fashion Focus: Designer ‘Deats’
I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the talent behind fashion week as they can easily be overlooked. Some designers have been around for decades, while others are newbies excited for their show to illuminate during the most crucial time in the fashion cycle for their very FIRST time. These moments turn into photos that are plastered on media outlets for the world to see, so this is their time to shine. Therefore, not only do they need to create beautiful clothing designs, but they must also create a setting and mood to be remembered, and ultimately, not just noticed, but purchased.
If you sit and think for just a second about what it takes to put on one of these shows, you begin to see the stories behind each designer and their lines of clothing.
Tommy Hilfiger installed a full-length football field as his runway this year to create the mood of an all-American fashion brand and titled the collection, “An All-American Love Story”. I thought this was incredibly smart with the Super Bowl just finishing up 2 weeks prior and with the thoughts of fall trends on everyone’s mind.
Carolina Herrera always concludes her ready-to-wear shows with a wedding gown. I think this sprinkle of consistency creates brand longevity; everyone always wants more. She’s constantly defining femininity in each of her collections and she truly believes that, “New York is where fashion begins and ends.”
One of the more inspiring moments of NYFW this year was the courageous Jamie Brewer strutting the catwalk in Carrie Hammer’s show as the first model with Down Syndrome. Brewer is best known for her role in American Horror Story. Hammer’s goal was to represent real and inspiring women just like those who are buying her clothing.
There are some exciting changes occurring that will change the future of New York City fashion week coming September 2015.
- The IMG, the current owner of MBFW, is joining the two major fashion events in NYC to no longer compete with each other, but to help each other. This includes MBFW colliding with Made Fashion Week that is held at Milk Studios in Chelsea. This also means Mercedes-Benz will be taken out of the name.
- The event will now no longer be at Lincoln Center, but instead in a new location that is yet to be determined. The plan is have one location for ALL shows to create ease for everyone participating and attending
- As of February 2015, the CFDA, the Council of Fashion Design of America, will be in charge of the fashion calendar
Check out my other fashion week articles, Fashion Recap: Spring 2015 Trends from New York Fashion Week, Fashion Recap: MBFW’s Best and Worst of the Best