There was a lot of talk this week about the commercialization of New York Fashion Week. In case you’ve been living under a rock, times are tough, and though designers are naturally creative beings trying to express their vision through clothing, they also have to sell that clothing. Thankfully, if you look hard enough, some of them are still having fun. Among the sharply tailored suits, slimming dresses and brilliant wool coats, there was a bit of fantasy, too.
One expects whimsy from Jeremy Scott. The designer channeled a 5th grader circa 1996 for a collection of Simpsons-inspired sweaters and dresses that Lisa Frank would have made, had she expanded her empire beyond stickers and Trapper Keepers. Same for The Blonds. Their corsets came in blue, gold and silver but they threw the almost McQueen-like dress above into the mix. Though you probably don’t expect to read Ralph Lauren‘s name next in this paragraph, the designer abandoned the West in favor of Downton Abbey, offering quite literal riding suits and evening dresses.
So should you wish to spend your cash on something other than one of Rag & Bone’s ultra-practical, beautiful wool coats next fall, or Joseph Altuzarra’s great corduruy flares, don’t worry, a bit of fun snuck in there after all. And with London Fashion Week starting today, we’re betting on a host of other options.