Referencing the ‘90s in shape, plaid, and attitude, many of the spring collections shown in New York carried the torch for those simpler times. The casual quality was pervasive through athletic wear and tissue thin cardigans, spaghetti strap slip dresses and mostly-unbuttoned men’s sleep shirts. The attitude was present, as well, in the way it was all worn. The way Liv Tyler looked in Empire Records is how we all want to feel when dressing next season, albeit more sophisticated, as we’ve appropriately (sometimes) wizened with age.
The crop tops are there, but it’s about more than that. At Altuzarra, models were sent down the runway dressed totally déshabillé, with skirts slit up to there, and shirts unbuttoned to the navel, which impressively managed to be un-reminiscent of Jennifer Lopez in Versace, if you can believe. Tailoring and opaque fabrics may have had something to do with that.
Alexander Wang showed similar skin but oppositely; his girls wore pajama shirts unbuttoned Cholo-style, with only the buttons at the top secured, and paired with what else but boxer shorts.
Nolan Bellavance made sure his models were covered – nothing a breeze could deconstruct. But one look featured a robe-like jacket, questionably appropriate for outdoor wear – though as a fan, I’ll be testing its limits on the streets.
Coupled with comfortable shoes and decidedly undone hair (bedhead, roll-in-the-hay-esque, straight from the shower wet – take your pick,) for spring the aim is to be comfortably, sexy, cool. In the offerings presented to us last week in New York, feeling, looking, and being comfortable and sexy will be anything but a struggle.