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Review Roundup: Josie Natori, Lisa Perry and Dannijo

A dispatch from day one (or, if you count Zac by Zac Posen, day one and a half) of New York Fashion Week.

It’s New York Fashion Week, which means the Fashionista team is running around town like crazy to bring you the best of what’s new from the city’s brightest designers. Read on for our first-hand report on the latest from the runways, and click here for even more reviews.

Josie Natori

After being in business for 37 years (not that she's counting!), Josie Natori continues to find new ways to reinvent her business; just this year, Natori opened her first standalone concept, which she call more a "lab" than flagship.

Islands were the point of inspiration for Natori's spring 2015 collection. Opening looks were rendered in sandy neutrals, but moved on to the "happy brights" that Natori loves so much. Each piece was beautifully detailed with embroidery, belts and hand-carved jewelry. "What was really special to me were the embellishments, which I believe is a trademark for Natori, and we were able to really flaunt our 3D appliqués, inspired by the leaves and the florals," she says.

Natori isn't planning on stopping anytime soon. "I love the business, and I think the day you're bored in it, you'd better get out of it!" she says. "I think the best chapter is yet to come for Natori." -- Tyler McCall

Lisa Perry

Lisa Perry loves a mod look. For spring 2015, Perry's girls zipped down the runway in sporty looks, complete with racing stripes and functional pointy-toe slingback flats, all styled with a distinct '60s twist.

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Shapes were loose and billowy, with focus on volume at the back for tops and trapeze-style dresses. Pants were wide-legged and, in a continuation of the trend we saw during resort, dip-dyed at the bottom. The stark white and black palette -- a holdover from spring 2014, and a staple for Perry -- made the red pieces more impactful and allowed the Jackson Pollack-esque prints to really shine.

More questionable was the use of clear vinyl; the effect was fun on sleeves, but not entirely practical up the side of a red maxi dress (unless you're willing to go full-Gwyneth). -- Tyler McCall


Dannijo's NYFW presentation always doubles as a friendly get together for sister designers Danielle Snyder and Jodie Snyder Morel and their cool posse of friends. And let’s just say their BFFs are really good friends because they trekked (OK, took town cars) all the way to the Hosfelt Gallery near the Jacob Javits Center. Inside the party/presentation, I found Hemingway progeny Langley Fox in a flight suit, as well as model Hilary Rhoda, who just appeared with 49 other mega-models on Vogue Italia's September cover. (She couldn't share much about the shoot though, since she had to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Because, of course there was one.) Also on the guest list: Leandra Medine (a.k.a. the Man Repeller) and super blogger Aimee Song of Song of Style.

But of course, the stars of the presentation were the Snyder sisters, who were inspired by friend and photographer Lyle Owerko and his photos from a Mongolian road trip for spring 2015. “He was showing us these pictures of beautiful birds and landscapes and we were like ‘That’s it! #Dannijoroadtrip, Mongolian road trip,” Danielle told me. The collection doesn’t just include boho-luxe statement rings, earrings, and—duh—#armparties made of oxidized silver and brass, Swarovski crystals and eye-catching Italian stones. The girls also incorporated feathered and studded bags, plus two vacation-ready flat leather sandal styles from their newly announced shoe category. As for a #dannijoroadtrip, the girls have been taking them since they were teens. “We’re like a cartoon,” Danielle laughs. “On a road trip, Jodie would be in the driver’s seat with the map and I would be chilling. I’m entertainment. I keep it light. And I DJ. I DJ she drives.” -- Fawnia Soo Hoo

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