Like other designers, Tory Burch was influenced by the 70s. But her version of the retro past came with incredibly clean lines from crisp white suits to striped tailored separates. Color played a major role with vibrant oranges, mustard yellows and pops of trendy coral on the handbags. Skirts and dresses were long—some midi, some maxi—and trousers had wide legs. Justin Giunta’s jewelery complimented the laid-back luxe designs with bold gold and funky lucite. And the shoes will definitely be on my shopping list come spring, especially the chunky platforms.
Trends: 70s, Gold Hoops, Wide Leg Trouser, Lucite, Orange, Yellow, Nude Platform, Stripes, Straw, Blush and Red, Snakeskin, Midi Skirts
Bill Blass has been on hiatus for a bit but designer Jeffrey Monteiro tried to revive the label with modern classics. While the sheer button-downs, subtle tribal influence and textured dresses were certainly wearable, the real treat was the Miriam Salat jewelry. Cocktail rings and stacks of lucite and enamel bangles took the classic sportswear to a new level.
Trends: Jacquard, Lucite, Beading, Stripes, Sheer, Dot Prints, Red, Tribal
Influenced by the work apron, Nanette Lepore played with oversize pockets and plenty of wrap styles. While the overalls were surprising, she managed to make them look rather chic. Color brightened the mood with juicy tangerines and plums, bold rose prints and trendy coral. Highlights included a beaded shirtdress, retro swimsuits by Manhattan Beachwear and chunky platforms by Tribecca Design… and a live performance by John Forté.
Trends:Florals, Overalls, Sequins, Utilitarian, Drawstring, Purple, Coral, Eyelet, Metalics, Retro, Beading
Entering Adrienne Vittadini’s presentation was like stepping onto a resort. Polka dots and stripes were mixed in with denim and subtle animal prints. Aside from a few florals and pops of orange, the color palette was fairly neutral, letting the eye focus on the accessories: wide waist belts, chunky necklaces and cross-body bags.
Trends: Tribal, Animal Prints, Drawstring, Polka Dots, Denim, Chains, Cross-Body Bags
Peggy Guggenheim was the inspiration for Michelle Smith’s colorful collection. As if there wasn’t enough eye candy to look at with the geometric prints, vivid florals and turban headbands, the designer debuted her new line of handbags and jewelry, too. Some bags matched the pointy-toe Manolo Blahniks, while others nodded to summer with sailboats. The tribal influenced agate and wood jewelry almost got lost in the brights but will for sure make a stylish impact on a calmer backdrop, like the navy eyelet, which closed the show.
Trends: Tribal, Geometric, Floral, Matchy-Matchy, Pointy Shoes, Turbans, Nautical, Chevron, Brights, Red, Wood, Agate