Sorry I'm a bit behind! I just had a few points to express on some collections that were shown in New York before I move on to those in Milan, and then Paris.
PRABAL GURUNG -
The inspiration of classic American sportswear and 90's minimalism were ever-present in this collection. The colorful dresses at the beginning reminded me of the Comme des Garcons s/s '95 collection. The simple shapes and calf-blazing cuts help to focus on the colors and pureness of the pieces. I was not fond of, however, of the corset-topped feather dresses at the end of the collection. They seemed to disrupt the rest of the simple and powerful pieces with ill-fitting shapes and busyness that was not needed. Gurung offers a lot to American fashion and he captures the sportswear well, but cohesiveness was an issue in this collection.
RAG & BONE -
This collection was one of the first to start off New York Fashion Week, and rightly so. It's hard to want to see anything but minimalism and simple shapes, especially when I see the pieces of this collection. I loved the clips - like the ones off of backpacking bags - used as zippers and accents to the clothes. The first few looks were in white, and then appeared the liquid golds and silvers. I loved how off-beat some of the looks were: biker shorts that resembled garters paired with sheer skirts and sporty, utility belt-type tops. Even though inspirations were coming from all sides, the looks look pulled together in a very fresh way.