VANESSA: Today was my last day of Fashion Week runway shows, though certainly not my last day of jam-packed, back-to-back showroom appointments. As a buyer these NYC trips are oftentimes long and a bit grueling, as glamorous as they perhaps seem. With Laura from Among the Colors now gone, I was left to fend for myself (sniff sniff).
The day started off with a showroom visit to see hip handbag line KARA, whose minimalist aesthetic and utilitarian functionality is just the right fit at Goldyn for our down-to-earth Colorado women. Their Spring collection showcased some bold new shapes, such as a funky circular clutch, but of course their signature backpacks were still a key component. We also noted bold pops of red, which ended up being a common theme throughout the day.
Next I popped over to Goods and Services Showroom to visit our friend and longtime Goldyn designer Pamela Love, along with a few other up-and-coming brands that the showroom represents. Pamela’s Spring Collection, entitled Duality, featured a surprisingly pared down, minimalist aesthetic that was quite refreshing for this designer who is generally known for her Southwest-inspired look. I thought the evolution for her brand was incredibly on-point and definitely sellable, particularly the chain link earrings that one ‘threads’ through ear piercings. Genius.
After Goods and Services I ran over to see fashion-insider brand Creatures of Comfort, whose runway presentation I had attended last week. Their Le Corbusier-inspired collection featured pops of graphic, modernist prints amidst the collection’s oversized, drapey silhouettes in natural linens, cottons and silks.
My last stop of the day brought me to a gorgeous presentation from cult denim line Simon Miller, a 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, set atop the old Bell Laboratories building on the Hudson River. Models stood on pedestals donning the collection’s hand-distressed Japanese denim in varying wide leg and slouchy shapes. The presentation hammered home the fact that pant shapes seem to be transitioning toward the wide, and slowly but surely away from the skinny (though likely not completely, as the skinny has become a staple for most). It’s something I am personally quite ready for, and I think our customers of varying ages and shapes will agree. After downing a delicious mezcal drink on the rooftop patio and running into a few old fashion friends, I headed back to reflect on the week.
My overall takeaway from this Fashion Week was the pleasant recognition that some of my favorite trends which I saw beginning as seedlings this Fall seem to be the ones gaining speed and sticking around for Spring…. Subdued colors and earthy tones, often in shades of nude and blush (though occasionally with a bright red accent), wide legs and oversized yet seemingly lean, diaphanous shapes with long layers done in a way that still creates shape and movement. Though I can’t say I saw anything too groundbreaking happening, I’ll happily take this overall emphasis on comfort and ease that I find to be quite elegant and sophisticated.