Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2016: KYE and Jay Godfrey


London meets K-pop meets zombie metaphor for an invigorating morning show on day one of New York's fall collections. Inspired by a society that designer Kathleen Hanhee Kye sees as increasingly zombified, KYE's eye-popping colors and disheveled zombie hair couldn't distract from her perfect proportions. Her wide-legged pants (reminiscent of bell bottoms, in a really good way) were nicely paired with a crop top and/or larger boxy jacket, all working seamlessly with mixes of fabrics and hues. I was enchanted by her balance of proportion, material, palettes and prints. Kye had beautiful momentum going from the beginning of the show, interspersing sporty, trendy men's looks with fabulous pops of color and youthful, streetwear inspired looks, but the final closing pieces left me looking stage right, wanting more (although the  crepe silk satin maxi skirt was gorgeous). Hey, I like a good ending, and clearly KYE has the talent to end with a bang. Or, perhaps, some hope to uplift us from the zombified world we inhabit with faces buried in our phones, snapping, gramming, and all that fun...


Jay Godfrey 

Jay Godfrey kicked off New York Fashion Week at The Space at Skylight Clarkson Square with a beautiful presentation of gem tone, cut-out dresses, jumpsuits and off-the-shoulder pieces. Each piece was edgy and contemporary, yet feminine, and ranged from floor length sequin gowns to silk one pieces. While each look was more striking than the next, one of my favorite ensembles was the beige skirt and top (see below). This skirt and blouse combo is a perfect  day to night look.

All photos courtesy of Jay Godfrey. Photo Credit: Neil Francis Dawson