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The 3 Most Buzzed About Collections From Days 6 and 7 of New York Fashion Week

"She's a Lady" must have been the meme on the penultimate day of New York Fashion Week, where critics were buzzing about the buttoned-up looks at Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, and Proenza Schouler that were sweet, but also a bit sexy. Read what the critics thought of it all.
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"She's a Lady" must have been the meme on the penultimate day of New York Fashion Week, where critics were buzzing about the buttoned-up looks at Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, and Proenza Schouler that were sweet, but also a bit sexy.

Read what the critics thought of it all.

Michael Kors Designer: Michael Kors

  • "A sensuous, flirty new look." [AFP]
  • "You couldn't help but be romanced." [All the Rage/

    Los Angeles Times

  • "A good place to start is smiling models, and Kors had those." [AP]
  • "Romantic, sportif, and a softer attitude! Michael Kors turned it up a notch this season by dialing it down." [Daily Front Row]
  • "Kors again showed a sure feel for the desires of his fashion buying masses." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "Ten minutes of a very good Michael Kors show makes you stupidly happy. The crisis in Syria? The mayor’s race? Mr. Kors could only imagine a perfect world on Wednesday, with a parade of conservative-chic clothes, including blazers, some beautiful dance skirts in white linen gauze and embroidered taupe linen, and refined-looking coats." [The New York Times]
  • "Sweet, sunny and concise." [On The Runway/The New York Time]
  • "Every exit of this lightly romantic summer collection was truly timeless." [NOWFASHION]
  • "We never say this after a show, but we couldn't feel more relaxed." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "When he's good, he's good. Michael Kors sent out a beautiful collection of real-world clothes today that had women in the crowd making mental shopping lists." []
  • "If ever there was a time and place to win the hearts of women with a collection which featured the easy glamour of breezy, flippy, feminine forties-style print dresses, it was at Lincoln Center on September 11, 2013." []
  • "There were enough sweet and flirty summer dresses and swingy mini circle skirts here this morning to set a million hearts alight." [ UK]
  • "For spring, fashion’s most flagrant card-carrying optimist (just because things really go your way sometimes doesn’t make you less of an optimist) is feeling for romance." [WWD]
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Oscar de la Renta Designer: Oscar de la Renta

  • "There's nothing stuffy about the new Oscar de la Renta lady. Make that Lady, with a capital L. She likes to be dressed--and dressed up--because she knows it looks good." [AP]
  • "Afterward, de la Renta told The Daily Beast that the collection was inspired by his love of women. 'And I do the very best I can to make them fall in love with the clothes,' he said. Judging by Monday night’s show, that part should be easy." [The Daily Beast]
  • "Those in search of Galliano chez Oscar might have to keep guessing. Galliano's avant garde touch wasn't quite as evident as last season, but no matter. The reason Mr. de la Renta has been in business for so long is because he knows his customer." [Daily Front Row]
  • "Shortly after taking his bow, sandwiched between Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls at the foot of his runway, Oscar de la Renta simply said: ‘I just try to make women look beautiful’. His show last night was a masterclass in just that." []
  • "The reigning king of uptown fantasy Oscar de la Renta was back with a tour de force this season." [Grazia Daily]
  • "How is it possible that Oscar de la Renta, at age 81, could wipe the floor with designers half his age or less — sending out a perfectly crafted, intelligent, appealing collection in his image?" [International Herald Tribune]
  • "There is no sense of role-playing in his clothes, as you often get from the Chanel and Prada runway, say, and from young American designers, whose shows can feel like a pantomime of glamour (or sportiness, etc.). They have to invest their fashion with something special, which is fine. And like them, Mr. de la Renta is also capable of exaggeration. But the difference in his clothes is that it’s achieved with a rare naturalness." [The New York Times]
  • You could shake a stick at, but you get the feeling that a Queen Elizabeth I wouldn't have said no to the lace collars and ruffs, elaborate embroideries, and the copious strands of pearls that came down the runway." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "Just lovely, all around." []
  • "Whilst Oscar opened his show with chic, long-line ensembles in crisp navy or black double-face, reversing to houndstooth, that had a dashing mid-century Dior flavor to them, he soon began to weave in subtle modern echoes of those motifs of Elizabethan lace and crewelwork embroideries that were never, in his practiced hands, remotely costume-y." []
  • "Knockout by anyone’s standards." [ UK]
  • "In a word, 'beauty.' Oscar de la Renta’s own one-word description of his collection, solicited backstage preshow, was absolutely accurate." [WWD]

Proenza Schouler Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez

  • "To say the designers at Proenza Schouler loosened up their look for next spring, you have to know the starting point: The collection typically is inventive, cool and fairly aggressive." [AP]
  • "Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez took things light and airy." [The Daily Beast]
  • "‘Domesticity, ease, warmth and craftsmanship,’ said Hernandez after the pair’s brilliant show that referenced mid-century furniture designers, traditional Moroccan weavings and printing techniques once deployed by the Arte Povera movement. Translation: great clothes." []
  • "The most common understanding of “home” is a place of refuge, and that was the sense of Proenza Schouler’s ample if sometimes impervious-looking clothes on Wednesday." [The New York Times]
  • "Technology, meanwhile, informs the design of Proenza Schouler in a way that seems natural." [On The Runway/

    The New York Times

  • "This show was no less ambitious then the designers previous collection. But it whispered, instead of roared, its intentions." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Domesticity. As a concept for a fashion show, it doesn't exactly get the blood racing. But in Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough's able hands, it produced a fine collection, one that put them at the forefront of New York's serene new mood." []
  • "A collection that proved that inventive technique and fashion experimentation can be harnessed to the cause of desirable and wearable clothes." []
  • "This vision of calm, natural order." [WWD]