My Favorite Looks From NYFW Fall/Winter 2023/24

Image Credits: Colton Duke

New York Fashion Week has always been a great promoter of freedom and thinking outside the box, and in presenting the Fall 2023 collections as well, it did not disappoint, enhancing individuality and originality with looks that allow the wearer to fully express their personality. Examples of this were the looks presented by the brand Area (especially the outfit in fuchsia composed of three-dimensional bananas) and Prabal Gurung’s butterfly motifs that were printed and knitted on dresses and sweaters ranging from pink to turquoise, colors that always seem to return in the designer’s collections. Butterflies that were meant to convey the beauty and fragility of impermanence, which the designer reflected on during a ten-day silent retreat, when he also encountered a butterfly. I was very impressed by Prabal Gurung’s sophisticated Fall 2023 Ready-To-Wear collection (showcased at New York City’s Rainbow Room), with its blouses in sheer tulle and draped dresses, as he envisions “a woman that needs to incorporate elements of sensuality in all aspects of her life”.

I find the beauty of American fashion to be just that; its being genuine and devoid of particular sartorial rules, aiming for eclecticism and authentic self-expression while freely mixing colors, fabrics and different types of craftsmanship.

It is impossible for me to select all the looks I have enjoyed during NYFW so I have chosen 7 looks from different designers, as with the latest fashion week editions:

Proenza Schouler Fall 2023 / Vogue Runway. Image Credits: Jonas Gustavsson.

1) PROENZA SCHOULER: the show was opened by actress Chloe Sevigny, who has been wearing Proenza Schouler since the two designers started out 20 years ago. The collection was presented inside a renovated garage in Chelsea and reinterpreted the meaning of chic; almost completely print-free (apart from some recycled silks from the maison’s archival material) and sequin-finished dresses. A collection characterized by a modern wardrobe, suitable for the working woman in a big-city environment; the collection also presented a series of tweed coats with a modern twist. The soundtrack of the fashion show consisted of Chloe Sevigny’s voice reading some diary fragments written by author Ottessa Moshfegh in a kind of inner monologue. Overall I found it to be a very chic collection, with quasi-minimal looks devoid of excessive ornamentation; I particularly liked this total black outfit, which is elegant and sporty at the same time, especially for the way it plays with transparencies.

Naeem Khan Fall 2023 / Vogue Runway. Image Credits: Isidore Montag / Gorunway.com

2) NAEEM KHAN: this show was Naeem Khan’s celebration of his 20th anniversary as a standalone brand and it was an important milestone in a career that spanned nearly 50 years and began when the designer was an apprentice at Halston. The Fall/Winter 2023/24 collection was designed to enhance not only the clothes but also the women who wear them. The Indian-American designer comes from a family of textile professionals, so he is a great connoisseur of fabrics, having access to artisans who are able to create extraordinary pieces. This collection has something regal and incredibly glamorous about it, and the opening looks also paid homage to the generation of New Yorkers who enjoyed going out to dance, the same generation to which the designer belongs. One only has to take a quick glance at the collection to realize the incredible quality of tailoring that each dress possesses. It is rare that I like each look equally and consider each look as something I would personally wear, but that is what happened with this show. In any case, I am a huge fan of blue in all its shades so I feel compelled to choose this look that I consider the epitome of glamour and that I believe has something truly magical about it.

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My Favorite Looks From NYFW Spring/Summer 2023

Image Credits: Aman Malik

As usual, New York Fashion Week was the first edition to open fashion month; it started on September 9 and ended on September 14, also including the Vogue World event on September 12, in celebration of Vogue Magazine’s 130th anniversary. The Vogue World runway show saw famous guests like models Gigi Hadid and Irina Shayk and tennis star Serena Williams (who just announced her retirement from the tour) gracing the Meatpacking District catwalk. Italian luxury brand Fendi also organized a Resort 2023 runway show in New York in order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fendi “Baguette” bag, made famous by Sex and the City.

During NYFW the greatest American designers introduced their Spring/Summer 2023 collections to the world, giving the audience plenty of ideas and inspirational looks.

Here are my favorite looks from NFW S/S 2023, listed in no particular order:

Veronica Beard SS23 / Vogue Runway. Image Credits: Daniele Oberrauch / Gorunway.com

1)VERONICA BEARD: last year I bought a tweed skirt and jacket by Veronica Beard, the same ones worn by Savannah Lee Smith in Gossip Girl. I always enjoy the looks presented by this American fashion duo, who chose to focus on tailoring as the key element of the show. This green ensemble was part of a series of colorful suits and vests which showcased the brand’s glamorous functionality and versatility.

Michael Kors Collection SS23 / Vogue Runway. Image Credits: Filippo Fior/ Gorunway.com

2)MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION: Michael Kors very rarely, if ever, disappoints. His S/S 2023 collection is an homage to the 70s, meant to free the body and give precedence to sensuality, which is particularly evidenced by the total red looks. The designer cited Halston among his greatest inspirations for this show, whose collections were always a celebration of the woman’s body; its plunging necklines and cutaways are being reintroduced by Michael Kors for the next warm season. The look I chose as my favorite evokes the outfits worn by Amy Adams in the movie American Hustle and it perfectly embodies the spirit of the 70s. Gladiator sandals are also making a comeback!

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