The runways of NYFW of day 7 proved that American designers are an incredible force to be reckoned with. From Badgley Mischka’s 1940’s retro-glam looks, Jenny Packham’s 70s’ dazzle, Naeem Khan’s immaculate cuts to Skingraft’s contemporary edginess, here is a rundown of some spectacular shows featured on Day 7 of NYFW Fall’2015:

Badgley Mischka: Hailed by Vogue as one of the “Top 10 American Designers”, the designer duo did justice to their reigning title with a retro-inspired collection. Sticking to their roots, the designers showcased a collection of evening gowns and cocktail dresses. Inspired by the decade of the 1940s, one could easily associate it with the bouffant hair style, nude makeup with the black eye liner and the silhouettes displayed. From an embellished gold fishtail gown with a plunging neckline to an A-line dress with the plaid print, they showcased a variety with an underlying portrayal of feminine beauty. Mohair, lace, sheer were some of the fabrics used. A colour scheme of muted colours like grey, burgundy, blues, blacks, gold and cream paired with elaborate detailing on immaculate fabrics, it was a match made in heaven.


Lela Rose: Known to intersperse elegance with casual luxury, the Parson’s alumini showcased a collection consisting majorly of evening-wear dresses in a both short and floor-sweeping lengths.  The simplicity of the silhouette paired with the intricacies of detail is what defines her as Lela Rose. From a refreshing white A-line dress with lacework to a two-piece outfit with floral detail in electric tones to a matching leaf embellished long sleeve shirt and sheer skirt, her signature essence incorporated in every collection has made her an acclaimed designer in the American household.


Jenny Packham: The collection seemed to have an electric vibe from the 70s’ as metallic tones in midnight blue, copper, silver and deep wine bedazzled the runway. From relaxed floor length gowns in autumn shades of dull green, orange and caramel to metallic gowns cinched at the waist with great detail, the designer depicted a range of feminine aesthetics on the runway. The makeup was kept clean and chic in a nude colour palate with kohl-rimmed eyes. The entire look was complemented by pointed-toe heels.


Naeem Khan: Known for dressing the most stylish fashion icons on the planet, the designer with Indian root drifted us into a fantasy of feminine beauty with immaculate cuts, attention to detail and colour tones incorporated.  Apart from the classic black and white monochrome, the designer added raw edginess with shimmering metallics in salmon pink, deep wine, gold and leaf-green. The overall collection seemed to have the old glamour of the 1920s with the embellished garments accompanied by the retro hair and makeup. Some of the outfits that really stood out were the embellished dress with sheer floral detailing below the waist accompanied by a matching cape, a strapless salmon pink ombre gown and a matador inspired outfit in an all-black bolero jacket with high waist flared pants.


Skingraft: The designer with his contemporary edginess showcased a classic black and white collection with a different outlook. The collection resonated ultra-modern street style fashion as men and women walked down in fitted leather pants accompanied by a range of garments. It was a fascinating combination of luxury and edgy street style as models donned sleek outfits like sleeveless leather jackets with a fleece linings, black ponchos with white horizontal stripes, white high-collared jackets with wide sleeves to name a few. Hair and makeup was kept quite natural keeping in mind the street-styled theme.


Ricardo Seco: The Mexican designer presented a collection with a range of influences, a mix of everything from bohemian, rocker to sporty.  Amalgamating various cultures into a modern interpretation is what made his collection stand out. The colour palate was neutral with a dash of colour and metallics here and there. Some of the key pieces that stood out were lambskin leather with tribal detail elbow down, silver jacket with notched lapels accompanied with leather shorts. The ensembles accompanied by sneakers added to a modern sporty look.


Lupe Gajardo: The designer made quite a statement on the runways of NYFW Fall’2015. She presented a collection in an assortment of neutrals like white, black, cream, grey and pale gold. The garments exuded a sense of urban street style with an organic touch. From a black form fitting dress, an all-black sweatshirt and track ensemble to denims with patchwork the designer possessed a contemporary edge. Keeping a close connection to mother Earth, the designer also incorporated jute in printed jacket with feathers and pant outfit and a printed pencil skirt.


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