The 3 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 5 of New York Fashion Week

Go big, or go home. That seemed to be the theme of the fifth day of New York Fashion Week.
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Go big, or go home. That seemed to be the theme of the fifth day of New York Fashion Week.
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Go big, or go home. That seemed to be the theme of the fifth day of New York Fashion Week, where a number of critics likened Thom Browne's deranged collection to something out of the Alexander McQueen asylum and The New York Times' Eric Wilson deemed Tommy Hilfiger's Malibu beach party set Lagerfeldian. Carolina Herrera, meanwhile, went for some complex geometries that kept it all in motion.

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Carolina Herrera Designer: Carolina Herrera

  • "Carolina Herrera, a perennial favorite of Hollywood's A-list, offered a bit of quiet elegance for spring 2012, with flowing dresses, bare shoulders and simple silhouettes." [AFP]
  • "The packed crowd was regaled with elegant, ethereal gowns featuring geometric motifs enhanced by the layering of fabrics, which gave them the appearance of constant movement." [AP]
  • "Carolina Herrera’s Spring collection was inspired by the Kinetic Art movement, and the 'effects of motion and the eye’s perception.' That translated to a dynamic interaction between body and mathematical proportions." [The Daily Beast]
  • "Carolina Herrera plugged a lot of diversity into her excellent show on Monday." [

    The New YOrk Times]

  • "Overall, it was a moveable fashion feast and the quintessence of kinetic art: with every step, the lines shimmied and created a vision of grace." [NOWFASHION]
  • "It was all about movement at Carolina Herrera's Spring 2014 show, where light-as-air fabrics, feathers, and beading made every look dynamic (and like the world's most subtle wind machine was gently blowing on each and every model)." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "As they swished down the catwalk, Herrera's layered lines produced mesmerizing optical illusions." [Style.com]
  • "A collection that played with the optical tricks achieved by layering translucent fabrics--either printed or embroidered in swirling line patterns or abstract geometrics--over a second layer treated in a similar way, so that the resulting collision of prints gives a sense of depth and ever-changing moire effects." [Vogue.com]
  • "Carolina Herrera's spring collection was energetically spiked with graphic pops." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "The collection had an understated bohemian sensibility, which felt fresh for Herrera." [WWD]

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Thom Browne Designer: Thom Browne

  • "It was over-the-top, sure, but you can bet when these ideas trickle down to retail, there will be something even First Lady Michelle Obama can wear." [AP]
  • "Welcome to the fashion world’s 'insane asylum,' or just another figment of Thom Browne’s surreal, dark imagination brought to life in the form of a runway show." [The Cut/

    New York Magazine]

  • "By dressing up his models in smeared red lipstick, chokingly-tight latex collars, and woven wicker petticoats, Mr Browne aired his fashion disturbances with an even stronger edge." [The Daily Mail]
  • "Mr. Browne is a designer who embraces a reputation for the absurd and the theatrical, so, given the long wait and the slow, 25-minute show that followed, the event could easily have been a commentary on the insanity of everything else in today’s fast-paced fashion world. He’ll show you crazy, since that’s probably what you came for." [On The Runway/The New York Times]
  • "Let no one say that Thom Browne makes things easy for his audience. And yet this was hardly McQueen's profoundly disturbing glass cage. Instead, it was a bare smirk away from cartoon." [Style.com]
  • "There is no question that Browne’s workmanship and technique are formidable—a hobbling latex sheath, for instance, is slashed like a Jacobean doublet and the resulting knife slits puffed with organza pleated like Chinatown paper lanterns. ... But these complex, haute couture–minded ensembles remain enigmatic, and posit the question: Where oh where is she hobbling to, all dolled up and furbelowed like this?" [Vogue.com]

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Tommy Hilfiger Designer: Tommy Hilfiger

  • "isn't any collection that makes functional neoprene seem dead scuba-sexy worth at least worth testing the waters?" [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "It was a production of Lagerfeldian proportions." [On The Runway/The New York Times]
  • "The Beach Boys were singing and the beach girls were walking, everything's A-ok." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Tommy Hilfiger brought the beach to New York City for his Spring runway show today, trucking in tons of sand to transform Pier 94 into a shoreside boardwalk. The impressive set complemented the West Coast theme of the new collection, which paid tribute to California's scuba, skate, and surf cultures." [Style.com]
  • "The sand on the floor was a little treacherous for anyone in heels, but that aside, the collection was just upbeat and sunny enough to make one believe, even if just for a few minutes, in the idea of an endless summer." [Vogue.com]
  • "All-American basketball vests worn as dresses, Hawaiian print silk shirts and skinny indigo jeans spliced with colourful neoprene panelling, which he called 'scuba jeans with a surf/turf hybrid.' Whatever he calls them, they will no doubt inspire a tsunami of imitations. All in all, an exceptionally confident outing." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "'Good Vibrations,' indeed." [WWD]