Spring Into NYFW

A life-size pink dollhouse.
Parading pirates. Psychedelic garden parties. Anna Sui, Jenny Packham, Carolina
Herrera, Ralph Lauren. These were just a few of the backdrops and household
names showcased at the Spring 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, held in Bryant Park
and in various warehouses across Manhattan from Sept. 4 to Sept. 11.

As Claremont melts into SoCal’s late summer heat wave, it’s incredibly easy to think about never trading in your summer shorts and breezy tanks for soft wool sweaters, jeans and boots. Luckily for us the fashion calendar never coordinated with the Farmer’s Almanac, so even though fall is just around the corner—in Manhattan, that is—designers rolled out lovely spring trends that we west-coasters get to perfect ahead of time.  

The spring shows were nothing short of spectacular, with
superior craftsmanship and design and unique bursts of individual creativity from
reigning houses and new designers. There were a few common
denominators across the runways—aside from a few break-the-mold, crazy sets, an innovative new way of listening to music at the Marc Jacobs show and an oddball
collaboration between Jeremey Scott and Miley Cyrus at the Moschino show.

The color white made
a big impact with designers, from Tibi to Alexander Wang. Many collections echoed the
slinky and sexy style of the 1970s. Coach sent models down the runway in a
bevy of pastel-colored shaggy fur coats à la Kate Hudson in Almost Famous. The soft shades elevated the look from sheer flashback to boldly modern, with potential appeals to both dedicated Free
People chicks and bi-coastal urban dwellers.

Alexander Wang stuck to what he does best and sent the
models down in coolly structured trousers, sexy track pants (yes, I did use sexy
and track pants in the same sentence) and brightly colored scuba tops. Also
hopping on the Tomboy train, Marc Jacobs’ models emerged in olive green
jumpsuits and graphic sweaters.

As NYFW has come and gone, leaving the coming spring season’s new looks in its wake, it can be hard to see how a normal person or hyped-up fashion
blogger might actually incorporate these styles into everyday wear. With the key
trends in mind, it can actually be quite easy to find pieces with decent price
tags at online giants like H&M, Zara and ASOS. These stores are known for
taking runway pieces and making them more attainable for fashion lovers without
the glittering wherewithal of Anna Wintour.

One of the best parts about going to school in California is
living in an endless summer. Much to our luck and the chagrin of New Yorkers, we can
actually try out these spring looks much earlier than our East Coast
counterparts.

If you consider
yourself a tomboy at heart, consider drawing inspiration from Mr. Wang and trying
out a pair of slouchy black track pants. Though it’s been said that skinny jeans are a dying trend, track pants and loose-fitting trousers have been given the stamp of approval from Vogue, various
fashion bloggers and Rihanna herself. 

If a feminine style of dress, similar to the looks of Rodarte, Diane Von Furstenburg and Zac Posen, is more your thing, try pairing a
1950s style flounce skirt with a perforated leather top. Mixing patterns, cuts and trends can be dangerous, but when done well, makes a statement with its dual edgy and feminine vibes. 

Whether you’re a fashion newbie or a dedicated fashionista/o, don’t forget to check out the current shows in London, Milan and Paris in the coming weeks. Every city has its own unique brand of style, so be on the lookout for new ways of incorporating
a new color into your wardrobe. And be sure to look online for the full shows
of some insanely beautiful haute couture that will be coming out of Parisian and
Milanese ateliers—Marchesa and Valentino are two of my personal favorites.

Be bold. Wear clothes that make you feel confident. And most
importantly, have a stylish and fun week.

Chabrina Bruno PO ’15 is a religious studies major with a minor in studio arts. She loves to collect vintage clothing and jewelry. 

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