Coterie Spring/Summer 2016
UBM Advanstar’s Coterie, Blue and Sole Commerce took over Jacob Javits from September 19-21 with an enormous show of Spring/Summer 2016 RTW looks from major womenswear companies. UBM’s new corporate environment at the show leaves one a little cold but this seems to be the way of the world. Despite the obvious corporate atmosphere the brands we saw were impressive.
Zac Posen hosted a press preview on the day of Coterie to show off his Spring 2016 line for Zac Zac Posen. We appreciate him for this and the beautiful designs he presented. A navy, fringed leather jacket, transparent blazer and sensuous evening wear counted as Posen’s highlights. His structured handbags were also on display . Zac’s is a great option for the former Michael Kors aficionado looking for a reasonable up-market bag that looks like more than it costs and for which a million cheap copies are not yet for sale at street corners and flea markets.
Zadig & Voltaire ranked among our favorites with eternally cool fashions perfect for hip women who appreciate quality and style. Sequined tuxedo slacks, tapestry tuxedo jackets, biker vests with beautiful graphics and a plethora of skull options hit the mark. Z&V added handbags to their line that coordinate nicely with business suits or yoga pants.
Trends for Spring/Summer 2016 ranged from South Western, white shirts, Kate Moss inspired, comfortable chic, Espanol, sophisticate and painterly.
Alice & Olivia had some of the best SXSW options and definitely the best tall gladiator sandals, another major trend, at Coterie. Stacey Bendet captured the glamour of the old Cali with boleros, Baja jackets, huilils and blackwork embroidery on garments and footwear. Cutting the pieces with modern elements like leggings, shorts or transparent tops bring the collection into 2016.
Fashion finds in Coterie’s new designer section TMRW included Designers Remix collection at Polly King & Co Showroom, Kathryn McCarron and Stolen. Designers Remix included curated pierces by Jonathan Saunders and Charlotte Eskildsen, so basically a no-brainer for buyers. A blue plaid trench dress by Eskildsen reminds one of old school Burberry. San Francisco’s Kathryn McCarron’s knits are worth considering. They remind one of Helmut Lang, only more American in spirit. Jennifer Aniston is a fan.
Designer Elyn Wong informed us Stolen’s Summer/Summer explored two paths: White- a collection of anything but basic white shirts andMing- a romantic ode to Cuandixia, a village frozen in time in the Ming dynasty. Stolen’s most memorable styles include a white shirt with draped back, heavy silk robes and dresses and interesting bralettes.
Active Wear has replaced Flex. Michi had some interesting leggings and sport bras. At a slightly lower price point, Beyond Yoga carries basics with a twist. Onsie continues to hit high notes when it comes to leggings.
Denim was carraled into Blue and given its own soundtrack. Trends have rises declining from the Taylor Swift heights of 2015 to more flattering sub-muffin-top depths, colors, patchwork and folkish embroidery.
Thanks to Misa for the delicious Georgetown Bakery cupcakes. Everything looks better with cupcakes although Misa’s fashions are cute even without.