One of the best things about being a New Yorker—even as a transplant—is the vibrancy of seasonality in this city. When summer comes, you know it: the sun shines, the heat and humidity are real, and ice cream trucks are posted up in nearly every neighborhood. Likewise, when winter approaches, the chilly air slaps you in the face, sweeping away any lasting remnants of that easy summer haze. But as a semiannual, proverbial trumpet sound to each impending temporal shift, New York Fashion Week kicks off the monthlong, international fashion circuit, launching a sartorial feast for all who crave a bit of inspiration to carry into the coming months.
For Fall/Winter 2016, I’ve noted that Clover Canyon, Heohwan Simulation, and Theory are a few standouts from the New York collections. Now, let’s turn our eyes across the pond to the London collections that have caught my eye:
1. Holly Fulton
Full disclosure: I’m aware of my aesthetic biases and it’s hard to grab my attention with monochromatic looks. But what takes Holly Fulton’s fall collection far beyond a ho-hum place is the execution of exquisite textures within the palette, which results in the type of visual interest that I gravitate toward. The knits and paisley print are a strong combination, and I’d particularly love to wear that paisley, olive jumpsuit with a slim turtleneck underneath and a pair of killer heels.
When color, print, and silhouette combine in an invigorating way, I’m all in—and this is certainly the case with Emilia Wickstead’s fall collection. From the color palette to the shapes of these dresses, each piece possesses multiple details that manage to merge harmoniously. The trompe l’oeil detail on the striped dress adds dimension; the flirty hem length of the minidress is balanced out by its loose shape, long sleeves, and turtleneck; and the cutouts on the V-neck dress are perfectly placed. I’ll take one of each, thanks.
I’m not sure that there’s anything that gets me more excited about cold-weather fashion than outerwear. And the coats in Belstaff’s fall collection are the stuff of my dreams. From the patchwork fur to the bold, colorblocked number, these are standout pieces that could turn even the most relaxed outfit into a showstopper. And let’s not overlook the textured patchwork of the tailored, gray coat—now that’s how I’d don neutral outerwear.
**Catch up on my review of NYFW F/W ’16**
Photos via Vogue Runway.