As another New York Fashion Week draws to a close, we take a look back at the collections that stormed their way into our hearts this season — from Tom Ford’s Gucci-esque throwback to Wes Gordon’s triumphant runway debut for Carolina Herrera. These are the collections we’ll be dreaming about when the winter weather is at it’s worst and spring feels like a it’s a lifetime away.
1. Brandon Maxwell
The collection was colorful, sleek, and bursting with joyful exuberance. With Maxwell in the driver’s seat, America’s fashion future is looking very bright indeed.
2. Tom Ford
The Gucci of the ’90s was alive and well on the runway at Tom Ford this season. The restrained color pallet and relentless sex appeal made every look a total winner.
3. Sies Marjan
This entire collection was just plain cool, especially the coats, which are sure to be on many a fashion editor’s personal order list come spring.
4. Carolina Herrera
Wes Gordon said he was inspired by photos of Carolina Herrera in the ’70s and while those reffernces certainly came through, the collection never felt retro per se. Just beautiful, fun, and oh-so-chic.
5. Coach 1941
It was teen angst in the aftermath of a desert rave. Or something along those lines. The point is, it was cool. The set was cool. The clothes were cool. The whole thing was just plain cool.
6. Prabal Gurung
No one this season embraced color quite like Prabal Gurung and when a collection is this bright and joyful, what really needs to be said?
7. Oscar de la Renta
Always the chicest of the chic, Oscar de la Renta loosened up this season, resulting in a collection that was as glamorous as it was easy.
8. 3.1 Phillip Lim
There was something about this collection that felt vaguely Proenza Schouler-esque, which was especially nice in a season when Proenza Schouler itself went completely off the rails.
9. Marc Jacobs
Jacobs’ show started late for the first time in over a decade, but the boyant, theatrical display that he put forth was well worth the wait.