remember tahari? i do. it was and still is one of my mother’s favorite brands, one that i long ago relegated to the “when mom wants to dress up” section of a department store along with eileen fisher. but like fisher, i will absolutely eat my words when i’ve been proven wrong and elie tahari has offish stepped up his game for spring 2015. it is impressive. the color palette is a pale one that alternates between hues of white and gray with a splash of coral but i’m pretty sure it’s speaking to me on an emotional level. tahari described the muse of this collection as “a shipwrecked high-tech bohemian.” like, that could be me if i ever went on a cruise, you guys!
this felt slightly disconcerting at first as a girl who used to dye the underpart of her head black and wear converse and studded belts to sticky-floored bars at uconn way back when (#rebel), but i got over all those feelings real quick because these clothes are goo-oo-ood — in particular, looks 45 to 53. legendary catwalker maggie rizer also opened the show, which was a real treat as she hasn’t done so in quite some time.
carrie hammer is awesome. in addition to creating clothing for real women, the designer began casting real women for her runway shows; fall 2014 featured danielle sheypuk, winner of ms. wheelchair new york 2012, who became the very first wheelchair-bound model to grace the runway. to say that danielle looked absolutely stunning would be an understatement. this season, hammer did it again by inviting karen g. crespo, a nurse practitioner and bacterial meningitis survivor (she lost all four of her limbs to the disease), to do the same. crespo felt inspired to contact the designer after seeing last season’s show. then, having a delivery of $100k worth of prosthetic limbs stolen from her doorstep, she contacted the designer, who worked with a manufacturer to create a new set of prosthetics. some people suck but others are awesome and this involvement of women of all types is incredibly inspiring.
every season, kaelen gets better and better. i’ve been tracking the brand since its birth and love its moody, boy-meets-girl aesthetic; launched in 2010, designer kaelen haworth has maintained a strong point of view, designing from a minimalist perspective with a focus on subtle details. another thing? expect to see a lot of faux-tie detailing on skirts and dresses coming soon (as clearly displayed in two out of the six looks above) because it has been a major trend for spring 2015.
if a collection was judged solely by its runway show, i’d say a cat got caught in zimmerman's curtains. i mean that in the most complementary way possible. overall, the spring 2015 collection is dreamy as hell and — if you allow yourself — you can easily get lost in a sea of ruffles, layers, and flowing fabric.
while i was at naeem khan's showroom last week manning the makeup test on behalf of nars, i was able to get a full-in preview of the spring 2015 collection days before it walked the runway. it was a real feast for the eyes. if you aren’t familiar with his work, khan is known for red carpet dressing — gowns upon gowns featuring intricate detailing using the most luxurious materials — but this season was a step away from what he has done in the past with an approach to sportswear. think: sheer-panel sweatshirts, silk sweatpants, and sequined t-shirts. obviously, he threw in a few floor-length dresses because how could he not, but the overall effect created a more relaxed (but not what we could consider casual) version of his typical.
if you were hoping for some sweatpants from tadashi shoji, the designer definitely disappointed you for spring 2015 because he was in his element and that element is all about red carpet-ready gowns. stunners, all of them.