Standout Shows: New York Fashion Week Spring 2015

Hood by Air Spring 2015 | Source: Gio Staiano, NOWFASHION.COM

As New York Fashion Week draws to a close—leaving in its wake countless street style snaps, celebrity endorsements and column inches—we took stock of the shows and selected our four standouts of Spring 2015. These are the brands that did things a little differently, the designers that dared to take risks and the shows that truly set themselves apart.

Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder Spring 2015 | Source: Getty Images

Hood By Air

Hood by Air Spring 2015 | Source: Gio Staiano, NOWFASHION.COM

Season by season, Shayne Oliver—the man behind Hood by Air—continues to challenge conventional categorizations for his brand. Is HBA streetwear? Sportswear? Avant-garde? Oliver’s Spring 2015 collection—a commentary on the breakdown of masculinity—pushed his passion for deconstruction even further. Suits were slashed, denim was destroyed, bicycle parts were repurposed as accessories. Looks were presented on both male and female models—one on crutches, one accompanied by a Great Dane. The result was a collection that created more questions than answers, an elusive quality that is both scarce and coveted in the fashion world.

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler Spring 2015 | Source: Associated Press

For Spring 2015, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez unveiled their twisted interpretation of timeless American sportswear, complete with argyle sweater dresses, polo shirts, easy parkas and pleated skirts. While the inspiration was old-school, there was nothing staid about the pieces presented: polos were color-blocked with python accents, parkas rendered in color-blocked leather and a (standout) argyle sweater unraveled into a flood of fringe. The collection certainly recalled the hallmarks of East Coast prep—collegiate wear, tennis kit, sailing attire—but remixed them in the impossibly cool and completely unexpected manner that only Proenza can accomplish.

Coach

Coach Spring 2015 | Source: Guillaume Roujas, NOWFASHION.COM

Playing with pastel faux fur, cartoon graphics and cheetah prints, Stuart Vevers second collection for Coach was as surprising as it was successful. Newly appointed as Creative Director, British-born Vevers continued his youth-oriented overhaul of the brand by referencing cult cinema—primarily David Lynch—to craft pieces that felt part vintage Americana, part ’70s Lolita, part Instagram-loving club kid. California artist Gary Baseman’s intriguing cartoon characters were scrawled across simple tees, leather totes and baseball jackets, offsetting Vever’s choice of saccharine shades and girlish silhouettes to great effect.

Whether the work of a new designer, a reworking of classic codes or a drastic change in direction, these four collections subverted expectations, divided critics and incited endless discussions. In an industry dominated by focus groups and profit margins, it’s rare and refreshing to see a designer embrace the uncertainty, discomfort and unbridled creativity of doing their own thing.

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