6 Of The Best: From New York

Clash picks six top collections from NYFW.

The circus is back! The circus is back! Fashion month is already past the baby steps and into toddlerhood, with a strong week of shows – concluding later today –beginning the well-adorned rollercoaster in New York.

Being Spring Summer ‘n’ all, colours have been predominantly light with the obvious exception of black; Theyskens’ Theory we’re looking at you. Sheer fabrics and a 90s aesthetic (spaghetti straps!) were noted in many collections, while as much of the below suggests, plain as opposed to patterned has proven rife.

Before all eyes turn to our own fair city, Clash picks out 6 collections we’d gladly exchange some dollar bills for.

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Marc By Marc Jacobs: Call for help! We’ve fallen in love with a baby blue satin suit and we’re not sure what it means. Look 33 – the one with the baby blue suit – is currently filling up all our daydreaming time, with the trousers the apple of our eye.

Evident for most of the show (by way of dresses and varsity jackets) satin was joined by sequins in pink and turquoise plus silver leather too, in an all star cast for the MBMJ parade. Simple sneakers occupied feet while (again) satin scarves were tied around necks.

Trousers – those of the shiny, plain and pinstripe variety – were loose fitting and provoked a feeling of both ease and confidence.

Victoria Beckham: For the most part monochrome – with the addition of some berry hues – VB’s SS14 collection comprised shorts and short skirts. Smart city shorts and miniskirts cutaway with pleats shining through, the latter repeated in dresses.

Triangles made up a conservative print, and were noticeable also in cutaway shapes below the chest and at the neckline via V-necks and shirt collars. There were smooth ruffles, even flairs of the fabric, and as a whole what was presented was soft in its approach, evident particularly in the loose fitting sleeveless blazer style jacket.

Theyskens’ Theory: As with Beckham, Oliver Theyskens’ designed with ease in mind, his attentions focused on layering and with multiple examples of shorts produced.

Knits and leather featured (a realistic picture of summer in mind too?), and crop tops, dresses and the aforementioned trousers all layered over one another and atop jersey T-shirts.

Colour came through in the last few looks, with translucent dresses of pink and orange, while a series of cotton shirtdresses provided a different take on dressing for hot weather. The blazers – accompanying numerous looks – suggested a busy lifestyle and hinted at smart.

ICB: Perhaps the fussiest selection of clothing here noted (key word, here), ICB Spring Summer 14 previewed a varied range. Beginning with cool and breezy looks in white and metallic (short lengths, oversized shapes), pattern and blue then came into play followed by bright dresses of green and pink.

The show concluded with two dresses and a top of pastel shades and in a translucent fabric, adorned with white and transparent plastic esc details; the outcome was vaguely reminiscent of Christopher Kane SS13, but was no bad thing for it.

Like with MBMJ, plain trainers – this time of canvas – were present, though peep toe heels featured most heavily.

3.1 Phillip Lim: Pinstripe trousers here again made their mark, as too did sheer and loose.

Looks 21 and 23 featured an almost Christopher Shannon like way with fringing (of assorted colours and textures), while shades of white, cream and mint lifted a collection that took in repeated heavy textures.

There were looks for day, evening and night scattered throughout, many with the power to achieve all three, such was Lim’s balanced approach.

Alexander Wang: Sports shorts, slouch shorts, boxer like shorts with matching shirts, the key detail throughout much of Wang’s collection was his use of an elasticated waistband.

Clash’s eyes however, were directed instantly to the shoes. Of pastel pink, white, grey and black, the four style variations – each of a height – were part plaything and part work of art, referencing Barbie like plastic and something stricter via the elastic front.

Own name branding was loud, with repeated laser cut leather echoing the sentiment in the form of gloves and dresses.

All images from Style.com.

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