Reviews of NY Fashion Week – Chai, Cava, Siriano & Comey

With day one of MBNY Fashion Week in the vault and day two commencing here is an overview of a few of the collections that made it down the runway yesterday.

Richard Chai
Inspired by Martha Graham Richard Chai’s elongated and flowy silhouette, were done with a little ease and a lot of layering. The collection definitely had a lightened-up vibe with an emphasis on swishing movement and volume. The unbearable lightness of being though a tad repetitive, made a refreshing splash with the nude nylon motif and stretchy stocking fabric seen in everything from sporty Ts to palazzo style pants. To avoid being risqué, he piled on the layers, from culottes over sheer pants or filmy overlays laid over bandeau bras. He did manage to showcase his uber strong tailoring with leathers and a twill waistcoat, along with an oversize chesterfield like coat. Overall the effects were airy and pretty.

Christian Siriano
Okay I fully admit it, I was a bit scared when I saw the first five looks coming down the runway from the latest CS collection…where are the swishy dresses and statement making shoulders? Well of course Mr Siriano is not one to disappoint…as my mother would say…patience Diane patience. And so taking cultural influences from India, to China to Africa CS used mixed prints, batik looking washes and caramel colored leathers, these were a few of my favorite looks.

Vena Cava
I was super excited to see what Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai had in store for this season as I heard the inspiration was taken from the laid back Southern California ease of dressing. Once again as in Richard Chai culottes were on the menu as were high waisted pants, and must have color blocked dresses. The collection at times had darling straight from the 1940’s details but I found several pieces to be somewhat dowdy, the type of thing that Casanova from Project Runway got kicked off for…

Though there were a ton of designer shows that don’t make the everyday vernacular like Lyn Devon, Silvio Liu, Cushnie et Ochs I have to give a shout to a seemingly favorite indie designer Rachel Comey
Apart from the over the moon shoes and bags — she has an uncanny ability to make every little simple piece something you crave.. Her latest collection didn’t divert, overflowing with wish list-worthy garb like flirty cropped and long dresses, cami’s and slit-shoulder blouses, adorned with little flowy ruffles The mix of wearable shapes in quirky prints and natural fabrics will have fashion chicks far and wide lining up come springtime.

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