S/S ’16 Review: DKNY, Maiyet, Naeem Khan

DKNY

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I was really excited to see DKNY’s new collection because of their new head designers, Dao Yi-Chao and Maxwell Osborne, of Public School. While one of the collections primary inspirations was the classic pinstripe, I found myself more attracted to the pieces that had less blatant pinstripe patterns, and were more minimal.  I think that these pieces really captured the essence of what women want to look like in their real day-to-day lives. Clean and interesting, they felt fresh and timeless. The styling was also really great and added to the success of the pieces. The bold matte red lip was beautiful with the minimal palette, and I’m in love with the black flats paired with black mesh socks. Possibly a new alternative to tights for fall? My favorite looks were the black and white mesh shirt dresses layered over tank dresses. They’re a great way to play with a very loose and boxy silhouette without skewing matronly or amish. The possible color and print layering options are endless. All together, I felt that this collection really refreshed DKNY, and definitely came back to their core “New York Girl” image.

Maiyet

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Maiyet’s artisanal nature really shown through in their Spring collection, as well as their desert inspiration. Their swoosh/scratch motif appeared throughout the collection through cutouts, beadwork, and velvet, and added an interesting novelty factor to the otherwise very subdued collection. I think these pieces were some of the most successful of the collection, as well as were the outfits with interesting fabrics like burnout velvet and ribbed knit.  Some of my favorite pieces were the beaded shift dresses in both black in white, which look luxurious and comfortable. I also adore the velvet dresses that closed the show. The dress silhouettes were so modern that they didn’t look at all dated, and shined in a really beautiful way. While this collection was nothing exceptionally exciting, Maiyet put out a beautiful and luxurious collection that will definitely work for many women.

Naeem Khan

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In a season of minimal and relaxed, Naeem Khan’s collection was a shock to the system- in a good way. Inspired by Frida Kahlo, the Mediterranean, and Grace Kelly, the pieces each had distinct personalities. The many prints and colors all varied greatly, yet came together as a collection through silhouette. While I didn’t love his use of huge earrings, I was a fan of all of the color coordinated headbands which really modernized the looks. It’s extremely hard for me to pick favorite looks in such a hugely unique group of outfits, but I leaned most towards the looks that really resembled Grace Kelly. The striped off-the-shoulder ball gown was a standout, with such a bold and succinct shape and crazy pattern, I’m sure we’ll be seeing it on the red carpet soon. I also loved the yellow satin maxi dress that felt so chic and luxurious, and not overdone, due to the fit. So while there is A LOT going on in this collection, I think that each look is truly gorgeous on it’s own and comes together as a group. To me, that is truly a successful collection.

Images via Vogue.com

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