Fashion Forward Friday


Models wear looks from the Rachel Zoe Fall 2015 collection, presented on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at New York Fashion Week. (Sara Bauknecht/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

Ugochi Obinma

From Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim to Narcisco Rodriguez fashion designers grace the runway with the release of their new jaw dropping collections at New York Fashion Week. The major question at New York Fashion Week is who’s wearing what and not just strictly on the runway, but off as name dropping becomes one of the biggest trends of the week. Fashion designers, artists, celebrities and fashion lovers crowd around the runway as they scope out the dos and don’ts, must haves and support the coming of new trends for the season. Let’s recap on some of the fashion flooding on and off the catwalk.

Alexander Wang brings the gothic era back as he throws on a splash of sex appeal, elegance and sequence. Clunky boots, black essentials, wet slicked back hair and shimmer never looked this good as Wang goes goth with his new collection. Wang’s all black collection once again proves to be another head-scratcher as he plays around with cropped leather moto jackets and extremely high-waisted, ankle-length trousers.

Phillip Lim’s 2015 collection which according to the designer was a reflection of his core values was described as cool, causal downtown styles as he confirms that frumpy is in for the long run. Tucking mohair sweater into mid-length A-line skirts, Lim’s modern approach will forever be one of his trademarks as he keeps the retro 1930s alive.

Kanye West x Adidas Originals collection makes its appearance on the runway. Skin toned stocking, paired with distressed, holey oversized sweaters, bulletproof vest and stocking caps accompanied by a pair of freshly pulled out the box Adidas come out in full effect. Does this American Apparel fashion forward similarity work? Did this line have any ounce of originality?

Most of us being a sucker for the quick fix of the oversized sweater x legging pairing would say kiddos to Kanye for confirming the fact that we’ve being dying to get society to consider leggings pants, but for most the post-apocalyptic vibe just didn’t work. Full body pantyhose may just need to take the backseat for us to fully comprehend this interesting take on fashion.

The Oscar de la Renta luxury label holds its first fashion week after the designer’s death in October. Many of his clients and fans, alongside his widow Annette flood the showroom to see the debut of this new collection.

Aside from getting the buzz and checking out all the new collections fashion week is all about who’s sitting in the front row seats and who’s wearing what and who. Fashion icon to many, model Alexa Chung keeps it simple with jeans, a tucked in top, throwing over a snazzy oversized coat, showing off the mini hand bag tend as she attends the Edun show. The always fashionably together Olivia Palermo nailed winter white with a preppy inspired outfit, pairing a mid-calf skirt with a sweater and blazer.

New York Fashion Week is the debut of tons of fashion designers and collection and the coming to realization of what trends do and just don’t work. What’s in your closet?