Wednesday, September 16, 2015

NYFW: The Shows Day 6 – Michael Costello Brings the Classy Back; Serena Williams Has Learned Something Since Freshman Year; Gardening With Angel Sanchez; Straight Outta Hong Kong: Fashion Guerilla

From the Michael Costello S/S 2016 collection. Photos by Yours Truly.

Some of the players on Day 6: Angel Sanchez, Fashion Guerilla, Amato Haute Couture, Art Hearts Fashion: Mister Triple X, Byfield, Alexandra Vidal, Tory Burch, Michael Costello, Croation Fashion Invasion, Rodarte, Diesel Black Gold, Dennis Basso, Serena Williams Signature Collection by HSN, Malan Breton, Milly, Allison Mitchell, Veronica Beard, Carmen Marc Valvo, Nanette Lepore, Alisha Trimble, Narciso Rodriguez, B Michael America

WHAT a difference a year has made! Last year this time, the Michael Costello woman was jetsetting hither and yon. Alas, she was barely decently covered.

For S/S 2016, she has – in the words of an old Southern woman – “put some clothes on.” Consequently, she has returned from the brink of trashy to the sanity of classy in a three-inch adjustment. The collection of gowns and pant ensembles is beautifully constructed, featuring impressive beadwork.

Of course, it is sexy, too, especially that jumpsuit in hot pink. In this collection it can be inferred that MC is channeling Pam Grier’s Foxy Brown character. Indeed, S/S 2016 has a strong 70s vibe, with toga-style gowns, some with attached flowing capes in silk.

Perhaps, too, there is a nod to old Hollywood. The marker is a pronounced shoulder reminiscent of the styles popular in classic films from the 40s.
Regardless of the references, MS S/S 2016 is sexy and, classy.

Serena Williams Collection by HSN

THE tennis star may not have added a 22nd grand slam to her arsenal. However, her second collection is a winner. A year later, things have changed in a good way for SW, too. There is a confidence in this S/S 2016 collection that was lacking last year. Again, not reinventing the box, but introducing accessible frocks that have some oomph. A leitmotif is the leather fringes. Nice touch, like a volley at the net.

Angel Sanchez

From the Angel Sanchez S/S 2016 collection. Photos courtesy of Angel Sanchez.

A tropical garden drives the Angel Sanchez S/S 2016. The colors are brilliant and the silhouettes range from fitted to flowing. All well-constructed. A smashing display.


ONE of four designers showing under the Hong Kong-based Fashion Guerilla rubric, Injury’s base colors are red and black. It’s an engaging mix of lightly tailored and somewhat deconstructed looks for men and women.

FASHION GUERILLA – Daydream Nation

Photos by Yours Truly.

BODACIOUS. Prairie-like dresses pants tapered and loose. Eccentric and offbeat. Yet hip, in its way.

FASHION GUERILLA – Placed by Gideon

MULTI-LAYERED menswear redolent of shirts and jackets with folds, asymmetry, dropped bodices and so forth. Purple is a base color. Androgynous. Chill with quiet swagger.


CLEVER mix of hard and soft fabrics. Even cleverer is the sandal-sock-ribbon combo. Sexy, confident, feminine with a commanding edge.

On deck today, Day 7: Suno, Raul Penaranda, Michael Kors, Delpozo, Paul Andrew, Parsons MFA, Naeem Khan, Boss, DKNY, The Adam Levine Collection Presented by Shop Your Way Brands/Kmart, Chiara Boni La Petite Robe, Theory, Cynthia Rowley, Greg Lauren, Proenza Schouler, The Blonds, Thomas Wylde, Stella Nolasco, Bibhu Mohapatra, J. Crew, Anna Sui, Demoo Parkchoonmoo

Visit to learn more about New York Fashion Week: The Shows, including show information, videos and installations.

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