New York Fashion Week Runway Recap: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Nanette Lepore, Tory Burch, and William Rast

Fashion week officially ended yesterday, and while we’re sad to see it end (this was fashion’s last year at Bryant Park – next season the week will be held uptown at Lincoln Center), we’re also excited for all the new things we saw to hit store shelves. Anyone else pining for sequins and fur now? Here our are reviews of the latest big shows:

3.1 Phillip Lim
Phillip Lim’s collection is what every girl wants – it combines cool downtown style with glamourous uptown looks. There were some delicious-looking coats sent down the runway, along with pieces containing the two major trends spotted this week: fur and sequins. Overall it was a cohesive and wearable (save for an all-leopard suit, which at least turned some heads) selection that we’re itching to try on.
Nanette Lepore
Nanette Lepore’s latest pieces had a definite fun, youthful vibe. While most fall collections begin with dark colors and send a few colorful looks out at the end, Lepore sent out a bright red mini dress and bag right off the bat. Soon to follow were blues, pinks, oranges and greens, all while still managing to be unmistakably fall. Certain looks just screamed Serena from “Gossip Girl,” whose style we covet shamelessly, and we wanted practically every item shown. Luxe bags with hanging straps and tassles? Check. Long cardigans perfect for layering? Check. Statement bright coats? Check. Super skinny pants paired with sequined tops? Check, check. The list goes on and on, but Lepore’s fall line is sure to be a hit.
Tory Burch
When one thinks Tory Burch, the first thing that usually pops into the mind are the Reva flats, which somehow seem to have found their way onto the feet of every relatively well-off high school and college girl (and older women, too). The brand has been synonymous with high-end, quality pieces that weren’t overly trendy or intricate, but this season Burch went for a new look. What we saw was a total departure from past collections: edgy, fashion-forward pieces pulled together by creative styling. We want to go out right now wearing a fur vest belted and paired with wool shorts and tights. Then we’ll switch into that feathered dress for evening. Overall there are some separates that will appeal to Burch’s Reva-clad loyal customers, but there are new ideas that prove the brand is able to expand and adapt.
William Rast
Wait – isn’t William Rast, like a denim line by Justin Timberlake? Apparently the former is no longer true (and the line is also designed by Trace Ayala). Not that there wasn’t plenty of denim in the young label’s recent collection, it’s just that there was a lot more “other stuff.” We loved the abundance of leather (ruffled leather, at that) and cargo in the collection, and overall it exuded a downtown chic vibe. Bravo JT on what looks like a successful brand expansion!
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