In With The Old And New: Heritage Catalyses NYFW

On the morning of the second to last day of New York Fashion Week, Sally LaPointe made a strong case for monochromatic dressing. The concept isn’t novel by any means, but her collection brought a sense of renewed interest in it. Models descended the runway in rich and vibrant shades of slime green, tan, chocolate brown, red, blue-grey, cerulean, and purple. There were also a few looks that were flashy metallic, almost reminiscent of gift wrap.

The texture was critical to this collection, adding variety to the singular toned looks. The slime green looks ranged from silky trousers and shirts with a matching bag at the waist to fur gloves and coats. The tan outfits glistened with a plastic-like texture that almost made them look wet. A brown suit jacket was cropped and updated with the fur while a knit kimono was given fur lining and a matching mini skirt. Leather, fur, and silk continued throughout the collection, which altogether seemed to radiate the aura of a powerful and confident female — one who knows what she wants and dresses accordingly. In fact, LaPointe told The Cut that her collection could be summarized by the words “fearless,” “heritage,” and “defy.” Her fall show seemed to embody these words and her ongoing vision for women perfectly.

With its fresh take on American sportswear, which aims to balance old and new, masculine and feminine, strength and softness, structure and fluidity, Khaite’s fall 2020 collection definitely did not disappoint. The collection felt a bit rock ‘n roll or goth-like, bringing to mind Hedi Slimane’s tenure at Saint Laurent but of course, with some womanish flair thrown in. There were zebra printed pants and skirts and prints, leather jackets of all different varieties (mainly in black but also in a beautiful wine hue), dainty ruffled tops, leopard print trousers and dresses, caramel hued suede trenches and pants, ruched tops with peplum bottoms and dresses.

Later in the day, Coach’s Stuart Vevers continued on his quest to celebrate the brand’s legacy while still making its designs contemporary and fresh for today’s budding consumers. Showing both men’s and women’s looks combined, his fall winter 2020 collection looked like a Prada or Marni show but for a younger set.

There was strong leather outerwear including a blue trench coat, elongated suit jackets and dresses with 1980s-style prints. Super thick colorful socks were worn with loafers while stripes of different varieties (colorful, black and white, and so on) were applied to oversized moto jackets, shirt dresses, and knee length skirts. Both men and women donned multiple coats layered on top of one another (a style I’ve always loved but failed to achieve). In fact, layering in general was key with colorful shirtings peeking through neutral toned sweaters and jackets giving outfits an unexpected pop. A band played in the background, echoing the childlike sentiment of the occasion.

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