The FSO Board's NYFW favorites

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Oh New York Fashion we always wish we would be lucky enough to sit front row at any of the numerous shows that take place during the most glamorous week in New York. While some students are lucky enough to help out backstage, your own FSO board was stuck here dreaming of all of the beautiful clothes that debuted for Fall/Winter 2016. Today, each board member will be sharing their top picks from this season's New York Fashion Week.

Hannah's Favorites:
Alice + Olivia - The presentation itself was stunning. I have a friend and (KSU Fashion School Alumni) who is an assistant designer for A + O and seeing her work presented so beautifully was such a surreal thing. The models were places so casually. Some were active doing things like painting, while others were just posed strategically with props. As always, the designs were intricate and the line highlighted brilliant prints. This season the color palette was very 70's inspired and it was spot on aesthetically. 

Derek Lam - This collection is one that speaks to my personal style the most. Its smart, simplistic, well-curated, while still being a bit luxurious. The line was vast, with such a range of looks that all worked together effortlessly. The coats were to die for! 

Rachel Zoe - To be honest, I'm not always a Rachel Zoe fan, but this season she completely blew me away. The all white looks for fall were incredible but she really wowed me with her sheer black pieces and the pops of vibrant patterns. 

Sabrina's Favorites:

The Row - The Row is always so refined and elegant which is the style I'm naturally drawn to; I especially like the high-waisted trousers for this season!

Fenty x Puma - I like what Rihanna is doing with Puma and transforming the brand and making it relevant to today's society. The punk grunge was fun, and the hair/makeup was out of this world!

Yeezy - The fact that Kanye West packed 20,000 into Madison Square Garden for his third Yeezy show is spectacular. The fan base is fierce and I love the energy that seeps into his fashion brand. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of his clothing, I appreciate how he executes his shows every season.

Claire's Favorites:

Oscar de la Renta - Oscar de la Renta never disappoints with its clean lines and attention to detail. This year's line was focused on a cinched waist. I loved this concept because it was a more classic version of the "fit and flare" dress that has been a staple for far too long.

Coach - I loved their concept of incorporating iconic American stereotypes throughout their 75 years of business. Coach seamlessly mixed 70s colors with the silhouettes and hemlines of the 50s. In order to make it modern, Coach added metallic touches that I think perfectly meshed their 75 years of style.

Tracie's Favorites:
Mara Hoffman - I adored the vibes from this collection. The 1970's has been a favorite trend of mine all season long and I am so happy that it will still be around for Fall/Winter 2016. I can totally see myself wearing the majority of this collection, especially any of those gorgeous maxi dresses.

Tommy Hilfiger  - I always cannot wait to see what Tommy Hilfiger comes up with as a theme for his show. Even though my favorite by far was his football field for Fall 2015, I thought the nautical boat was so unique and entertaining. Tommy Hilfiger does not really fit my personal style, but I really want some of the jackets from this collection!

Alice + Olivia - I so wish I could have attended this presentation! I followed along with some of my favorite fashion bloggers on their Snapchats while they attended, and I adored the atmosphere of the show. The song "People" sung by Barbra Streisand was playing while models were staged in various everyday scenes themed in the 1970's. It was like the perfect fashion dream for me. I would honestly wear about 75% of the collection, and I was in love with the embroidered flare jeans.

Dana's Favorites:

 Maiyet - I love Maiyet's collection so much because of all the different textures and textiles used throughout the entire collection. (Textile geeks unite!) 

Rosie Assoulin - Rosie Assoulin has been a favorite of mine for a few years now; I always love the unique lines and architectural details she uses in all of her pieces. 

Mara Hoffman - Mara Hoffman's jumpsuits stole my heart this season. Loud prints, 70's inspired silhouettes and gowns with the *perfect* amount of volume are a few other reasons Mara Hoffman's show is one of my favorites. 

Meghan's Favorites:

Prabal Gurung - This collection was without a doubt my favorite for Fall 2016! Because I’m a always a sucker for interesting textures, I fell in love with his way of mixing knit sweaters into evening wear and using fur, leather and satin together perfectly to create a breathtaking collection!

Monique Lhuillier - Although I don’t tend to wear prints that often, I appreciate a collection that can beautifully mix unexpected prints together and I think this collection did exactly that. I love how the vibrant reds, greens and pinks juxtaposed with deeper shades of navy, green and black in her prints. 

Jason Wu - I could see myself wearing a ton of looks from this collection especially with the dark color palette. I loved the silhouettes that carried throughout the collection including structured dresses, off the shoulder looks and oversized coats.

What were your favorite shows from New York Fashion Week?
Tell us in the comments below!


Pantone 2016 Colors of the Year

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By Allyson Kramer

Who would’ve thought something as simple as a swap in color could have a multi-million dollar impact on industries across the globe. Since 2000, Pantone, a company known for its premier color matching system, has selected a color of the year. Upon the announcement of the color, the fashion industry promptly incorporates it into its upcoming collections. However, unlike the 15 years prior, Pantone chose not one but two colors to define 2016. The first is a warm and embracing soft pink called “Rose Quartz.” The second is a tranquil light blue aptly named “Serenity.”

Though the colors are soft and serene, the move is a bold one for the color company. Instead of the color selection being simply a suggestion for the worlds of fashion and interior design, this year the company’s decision reflects a swift change in society. The colors describe a “gender blur” in terms of fashion. Instead of using one color to describe the “mood” of a year, Pantone selected the two pastels to match “a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.” Pantone’s colors of the year are cause for both celebration and a wardrobe expansion.

(Image by Pantone)


Fashion Illustrators to Follow on Instagram

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(Photo by Katie Rogers)
By Kathryn Reaven 

Since New York Fashion Week is set to kick off, what better way to celebrate with the way most collections start out? I picked some of my favorite fashion illustrators that are on Instagram that are sure to spark some inspiration.

Donald Robertson (@drawberston)- One of the most recently well-known fashion illustrators, Robertson is the in-house illustrator for Estée Lauder. His illustrations are full of fun and color. During New York Fashion Week in the fall, the NYC retail store Story showcased him as the artist of the month, where he designed an array of merchandise in their store. I had the chance to visit when I was there and was so mesmerized!
(Photo by The Selby)

Jeanette Getrost (@jeanettegetrost)- Possibly one of my favorites, Getrost often records her process of drawing on her Instagram page. Her drawings are often watercolor based and take the exaggerated figure to a whole new level. The detail and texture in her work is too cool.
(Photo by Jeanette Getrost)

Grace Caio @grace_caio- Probably the most unique and innovative, Caio takes fashion illustration to a new level with incorporating flower petals as a medium with her work. Her feed is one that you will catch yourself endlessly scrolling.
(Photo by Grace Caio)

Katie Rodgers @paperfashion- Katie Rodgers uses a handful of mediums with her work including watercolor, sequins, and even lipstick. Her work is very fluid and each piece is more elaborate than the next.
(Photo by Katie Rogers)

Carly Kuhn @thecartorialist- Carly Kuhn’s work has a different flare than the artists in the rest of this countdown. I am all for quirky and cool, and Kuhn’s illustrations do just that. They are very cartoon like, but pop in color and style. Most of her illustrations are interpretations of designer’s works, along with magazine spreads. Her work showcases her unique style, surely to grab more people’s attention.
(Photo by Carly Kuhn)

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