According the fashion authority herself Ana Wintour, one of the emergent themes of NYFW15, an All-Black collection to her, was excessive. When asked about her thoughts on this year’s trends she stated “There was much too much black for me”, the Style maven pronounced who her favorites were of the season to Style.com. None of the designers who revealed monochromatic themed collections were at the top of her list. Singing the praises of designers Michael Kors, Public School and Alexander Wang, Wintour made it clear that the only emergent themes that stood out were from the designers that did their own thing and expressed their individual point of view. “Actually what I liked about this collection is that it was more about character and more about identity. I didn’t think that you could confuse the Public School girl with the Alexander Wang girl or the Michael Kors girl and I think fashion today is so much more about individuality and reflecting a women’s character than trends, trends to me is a dirty word”.
The return of workmanship and beautifully made clothes was the impressive mark ofdesigner Joseph Altuzarra’s collection and Wintour exclaimed that “I think it’s interested how much more adult that collection has become and how much more mature, I think his fabrics are so much more prettier than they used to be, his workmanship is much better “. She ultimately respect the homage that was paid to veteran designers like a Oscar De La Renta and how the base structure of Altuzarra’s line came from his French background, while still being able to make his own unique statement with the aesthetic.
All in all, any collection that made a strong statement were the ones that stuck and ultimately will be fruitful according to Wintour. “The collections that we all respond to are the strong ones, the ones that move fashion forward, make you think about things differently, in whichever mood of the designer orwhatever the aesthetic of the designer is. It’s the ones that are weaker and don’t have a point of view that you just block out. Making it to the top as of Wintour’s Winner is a difficult accomplishment and to be rounded out of all of the designers that showed during this season as one that made an impact is seen as a huge victory in the fashion world. The moral of the story of NYFW15 is “Have a Point of View”.
Written by: Danielle Stedma