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The Top Autumn 2021 Collections from New York Fashion Week
October 09, 2021
Autumn has finally come to New York City. The trees have changed color and the weather has grown colder, not to mention the stores are stocking up on new clothes for you to wear this season. Most especially the designer brands. In a bustling metropolis that's regarded as one of the 'fashion capitals of the world,' dressing up is a way of life here. And finally, the runway showstoppers are coming to the streets. From the latest trends to the newest looks, here are the top autumn 2021 collections from New York Fashion Week.
“On the journey back to doing what we love most, in the wake of immeasurable loss, loneliness, fear, anxiety, and uncertainty, I am reminded of why creativity is so vital to our existence. To life,” read Marc Jacobs' show notes during New York Fashion Week. The prolific designer entitled his autumn 2021 collection 'Happiness' and there was certainly a lot of joy that went down the runway. The loud bursts of color, the oversized, almost cartoonish silhouettes, and the amount of outerwear point towards a future free of a pandemic and a return to form for New York fashion.
While Marc Jacobs was all about happiness, Tom Ford wanted his women to look 'badass' this autumn 2021. In his show notes during New York Fashion Week, he stated, 'Fierce, powerful, and badass are words that resonate with me this season. I mean, who doesn’t want to be badass? Especially after being trapped at home for a year.' It was clear with what two of the most revered American designers were showing that NYFW had an underlying theme to it—post-pandemic glamour. But what does Tom Ford's definition of a badass New York woman look like? A little bit of sex and a whole lot of glamour. Balck and gold render his autumn 2021 collection of mini-dresses, lacey bodysuits, and tailored separates.
Celebrating his brand's 40th anniversary, Michael Kors staged his New York Fashion Week show on the streets of the Theater district, usually one of the busiest parts of the city. A parade of supermodels descended unto West 45th Street, donned in the best of the best of the designer's many signatures. Bella Hadid in her patent leather red coat over her similarly crimson turtleneck sweater dress was a standout look. And speaking of turtlenecks, Liya Kebede's sparkly black number, complete with high-waisted trousers and fur stole was American glamour at its finest.
Source: Michael Kors YouTube Channel
Before Gabriela Hearst made her debut at Chloé during Paris Fashion Week, she presented her own label's autumn 2021 collection a few weeks prior here in New York. For this show, she was inspired by Saint Hildegard of Bingen, a Renaissance woman of sorts who the designer argued would have been as famous as Leonardo Da Vinci had the saintess been born a man. And truly enough, Hearst's parade of flowing capes, monochromatic pantsuits, and swiveling tench coats had a saintly appeal to them. But the knitwear decorated with flowers was more of a personal affair. Hearst drew her inspiration for this from her own daughter's drawings.
Source: FF Channel YouTube Channel
Another designer, or in this case, designer-duo, who covered up their women this autumn 2021 were Proenza Schouler. In their video presentation during New York Fashion Week—which included Second Daughter Ella Emhoff as one of the models, no less—the collection was all about soft and easy tailoring. They offered chunky cardigans, wool separates, soft leather frocks, and mélange knit evening dresses, among many others. It was clear that, while other designers looked toward a post-pandemic future, Proenza Schouler was still designing within the confines of the current situation. Though pragmatic, the focus on comfort was an optimistic touch that New York sorely needed.
Source: Proenza Schouler YouTube Channel
A heavy favorite for online American luxury retailers, Tory Burch was one brand that not only survived the global pandemic but thrived in its own way too. It helps that the designer herself looked at the situation and responded with what women need in these troubling times. For her autumn 2021 collection, she focused on seasonless and timeless dressing, putting forth classic codes of American style which, according to her, will allow women to be more versatile with how they dress. The streamlined pantsuits, the shirtdresses, the colorful knitwear and more had their own fashionable appeals, but with how Tory Burch presented them, they seemed more like blank canvases ready for the women to paint their own style on.
Source: Tory Burch YouTube Channel
Trust Marina Moscone to present both a beautiful and baffling autumn 2021 collection during New York Fashion Week. It's beautiful in the sense that the collection ticks many fashion boxes. There are pops of color, excellent tailoring, quality fabrication, and a tinge of nostalgia to boot. But what's baffling about the whole thing is an intermix of different ideas, genres, and nods to different eras that you can almost see its inconsistency, but then every single piece meshes well with each other. Who'd ever imagine that school-girl pleats would pair well with 1960s-esque couture tailoring? Or that a wrinkled velour pajama suit would look just as sophisticated as a silky deep purple evening dress?
They say that 'everything is big in Texas' but American luxury brand Khaite begs to differ. This autumn 2021, the label, best known for their elevated essentials, took their brand philosophy and maximized it... literally! Oversizing aptly describe what they did with their outerwear, wherein a trench almost looks like a tent and a red puffer can pass as a comforter. Even with the more evening-ready looks, the ruffles looked more like wings and the puffed sleeves pointed towards a more innocent look.
Source: Khaite YouTube Channel
Even for autumn 2021, Zimmermann remains a New York Fashion Week staple. This season, similarly to Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, the Australian designer focused on jovial glamour on the runway. More specifically, 1970s-type glamour. Thin high-waisted jeans paired with colorful tops, chic pantsuits painted in highlighter shades, wild prints decorated elongated separates, and granny dresses made to look red carpet-ready. Although everything looked fun and fresh, the nostalgic appeal was so strong, you'd easily think this was a show by a vintage store in New York or something!
Source: Zimmermann YouTube Channel
Finally, there's Batsheva with a strong statement of an autumn 2021 collection that's right for the times. In what has been more than a year since the Covid-19 pandemic forced the world to stay at home, designer Batsheva Hay showed her new ready-to-wear line to argue that glamour still has a place in your own home. In her lookbook, which was photographed in various parts of a house, fanciful frocks in satin, organza, and velvet reigned supreme. As did a stunning red latest number that was all kinds of suggestive.
This autumn 2021, American designers who presented their latest collection during New York Fashion Week are out to prove that fashion goes on post-pandemic. Not only did they set new trends, but they also presented strong statements about glamour in this day and age.
Remember to look just as stylish in your luxury home as you do in the streets of New York!
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