A Disappointing NYFW A/W 2015 Season?

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I was going to make a simple nod to this article from WWD however, I felt like it was worth more discussion than a short little blurb. Many apologies if you're not a WWD subscriber and can't read the full article but the gist is that this NYFW A/W 2015 lacked a cohesive theme for trends and styles leaving buyers a little unsure how to market them to the consumer. Overwhelmingly there wasn't a 'spark'.

Personally, I agree. I too was rather disappointed with this NYFW season. Yes there were some definite stand out collections (hello Altuzarra) which I wrote about here. But those were few and far between. I also wrote an article about five accessory trends this season but unlike the past where certain things will pop up immediately as the "it" print or "it" bag it was a struggle to find any overarching trends for the season. Collections were all over the place from the entirely black collection at Alexander Wang to the western inspired Ralph Lauren to Kayne West's x ADIDAS bizarre take on active wear.

NYFW is typically known for Ready-To-Wear clothing, most collections are more tamer than the avant garde or haute couture that you'll see elsewhere (most notably Paris). It is usually the designs you see popping up in high street fashion. That's not to say 'boring' as most collections bring something exciting to the plate (see last season examples: edgy Alexander Wang, 3D dresses at Rebecca Minkoff, and deconstructed florals at Caroline Herrera) but this season many collections either fell flat or too safe.

On the flip side, when risks were taken, occasionally, they weren't executed well or the designer wouldn't follow through with them. A few examples that come to mind is Rebecca Minkoff's Patti Smith inspired collection where few pieces felt more fitted for a 1970s inspired costume then everyday wear. Diane von Furstenburg's sheer cocktail dresses looked more suited for the bedroom then at a party. Lastly, Vera Wang (known for her wedding gowns) took a rather big risk with a much more casual and, like Alexander Wang, nearly all black collection but unlike Wang's risky move her's felt a bit dull.

As of late, I've been more excited with the LFW collections. London has always had a place in my heart and LFW tends to be more quirky, adventurous and fun in comparison. Still wearable but unexpected. I have seen more trends come out of LFW that feel like definite winners for next Fall then anything that came out of NYFW (and the buyers seem to agree, see this recent WWD article, again apologies if you're not a subscriber!). But don't be too bummed New York, there's always next season.

What are your thoughts? Were you impressed with NYFW or did it leave you feeling underwhelmed?

(All photos from W Magazine

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