There are few things that I’ll leave the house for in below-zero temperatures, but a fall/winter runway show is definitely one of them. I love the fierceness of FW fashion – the layers, the dark colors, and the dramatic aesthetic. Of course, Nolcha Fashion Week’s “Ones to Watch” production, held at Pier 59 Studios this past Sunday, did not disappoint, and Tracy and I were excited to check it out.
With the crowd sipping samples of J.R. Ewing Bourbon (I must say, I love the look of the bottle), I was excited to check out a selection of designers that I’ve not yet heard of. The show featured Charles & Ron, Haute Athletics, Mitsou Ly, and Yvette Hass.
Charles & Ron opened the show with a collection that starred black satin, purple and green floral prints, and circle skirts. The highlights included a 40s-inspired tea-length dress with pockets and a wide black belt, capes (which I absolutely love as an alternative to a typical coat), and a stunning full-length black gown with long sleeves, an open back, and ornate gold detailing along the neckline.
For fitness fanatics, Haute Athletics had a great collection of exercise clothing. To be honest, it was nice to see workout wear that’s more fashion-forward and interesting than Lululemon – a brand that seems to be the official go-to of any gym-going New Yorker.
Mitsou Ly took a different approach to its FW 2015 collection with looks mostly dominated by a selection of nudes and pastels, and a few darker hues mixed in. I particularly liked the drop waist cut of some of the dresses, which looks fantastic on a longer torso. Some garments were more tailored while other garments offered plenty of movement.
The Ones to Watch concluded with a fashion line by Sweden-based Yvette Hass and, I must say, I think I’ve found my new favorite designer. With an assortment of black and white ensembles, I like to think of her collection as “the new Hell’s Angels.” With no shortage of black leather and eye-popping textures, the look was sexy and sophisticated, yet playful and surprisingly wearable. There’s a particular black sequin bomber jacket as that I’m determined to add to my closet.
From jewel-toned floral prints to leather, it was wonderful to gain some fashion inspiration from a few of the industry’s new designers. Spring may be just around the corner, but I’m already looking forward to shopping for my new fall wardrobe.