The below freezing temperatures, snow storms and hurricane-level winds that pummeled the city of New York last week didn’t stop the fashionable parade of designers, creative directions, editors, journalists, celebrities and bloggers that make up the New York Fashion Week elite from painting the city with epic style. The autumn ’15 ready-to-wear collections shown this past week in New York were an eclectic mix, but many demonstrated an emphasis on comfort and luscious materials.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors Fashion Week

“American fashion’s golden boy,” as renowned fashion journalist Suzy Menkes calls him, Michael Kors displayed a neutral, earthy palette of browns, moss greens and grays in a city-meets-country, super wearable autumn collection. Kors showed a variety of cape coats in camel brown tweed suiting, medium brown wool coating, and fur over matching pant and skirt suits, sweaters, and wide legged trousers; a production that demonstrated, in the designer’s own words, “opulent restraint.”

Vera Wang

Vera Wang Fashion Week

Classic men’s tailoring met traditionally feminine pieces in Alexander Wang’s all black fall ’15 collection. Long, silk black velvet dresses were given a slouchy, laidback attitude with the insertion of a trouser waistband and pockets. Also, black vinyl gowns and outerwear with a wrinkled finish and mesh cut outs combined a fierce yet feminine edginess.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg fashion week

“By day she commands her world; by night she inspires fantasy,” DVF explained backstage, painting an image of her inspirational muse for the designer’s seductive fall ’15 show. The collection touched on the roles women play in their everyday lives from professional business women in pinstripe separates, to playful polka dot playdate ensembles, to sexy red lace mini skirt dresses, evening gowns and peekaboo black lace getups – always with a nod towards sex appeal and seduction.

Zac Posen

Zac Posen Fashion Week

Zac Posen gave old Hollywood glamour a fierce, modern edge by making classic gown styles in edgy fabrics like lamé and slinky black silk, and incorporating sexy black stretch mesh cutouts into flirty daywear dresses. The designer boasted how personal the collection was to him saying, “I draped most of the clothes myself on the weekends,” referencing his off time from day job as Brooks Brothers’ creative director.

Trina Turk

Trina Turk Fashion Week

Even though this week’s collection marks the designers 20th year in business, the cachet of the Trina Turk’s brand is still a headstrong central theme of the youthful label: retro-inspired prints and silhouettes with a cool, Californian attitude. This fall showed a collection of laidback yet perfectly tailored corduroy separates for men and fun, breezy black multi stripe charmeuse wrap dresses for women. The designer also mixed large floral prints with silky leopard pieces for a bold and essentially feminine look that verged on kitschy.

February 20, 2015 — Shopify API