Now I promised some updates from NYFW, and I thought I’d choose my favourites so far (which all, coincidentally showed at the same time Sunday morning!) First up is Ostwald Helgason. Ostwald Helgason’s A/W 2013 collection screams Parisian chic, with knee length hem lines, ankle grazing trousers and structured trophy jackets. The collection sticks to a muted palette of deep plums, navies and dark greens with the arbitrary pop of gold every so often to break up the darker tones. What striked me was the interesting portrait of poet Charles Baudelaire, author of Les Fleurs du Mal, on a sweatshirt. Could this have any link with the interesting array of psychedelic floral patterns? It does indeed, as the duo behind Ostwald Helgason, Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason drew inspiration from French Symbolist poets, as well as the film Little Shop of Horrors which explains the interesting illustration of Venus fly traps on the culottes of the model on the far right.
Next up is Jonathan Simkhai. With the appearance of fine leathers, boyish shapes and digital prints all on the menu, no wonder Jonathan Simkhai made it into my favourites. I love the androgynous feel to Simkhai’s second collection, with the mixture of flippy skirts and boxy over coats, the collection also encompasses an edgy, sporty vibe, with bomber jackets, ankle socks and laced up sneakers. It’s hard to believe, we’re already thinking about A/W for 2013 when we’re (albeit very slowly) approaching spring, but Jonathan Simkhai has given me an inspiration boost on what to wear for what’s left of A/W 2012. Not to mention, those leather trousers are uh-mazing. I love how they’re not skin tight, like a lot of the leather trousers on sale recently, and instead resemble more of a tapered trouser.
Et finalement, I chose Calla. Now, Calla’s A/W 2013 collection resembles more of a S/S one. But I’m not complaining. I’m a sucker for pretty florals, especially in opulent fuchsia and buttercup yellow. Who says we can’t wear florals in winter? The array of colours and prints really radiate a fresh and blissful ambiance and the lovely designer behind the brand, Calla Haynes feels ‘the collection is about being happy’, which is exactly what we see and feel from her latest collection. Despite my adulation to biker boots and leather jackets, I think I might embrace a bit more colour into my wardrobe next autumn after being inspired by Calla’s vibrant designs.
Watch this space for more Fashion Week posts soon!