Yesterday, the fifth day of New York Fashion Week, brought the A-list celebrities and bloggers out early. First was the 9 a.m. show for The Row, followed immediately by Tommy Hilfiger’s ’60’s-themed catwalk spectacular (featuring new “it” model Kendall Jenner). But it wasn’t until Donna Karan and Thom Browne’s show that New York really started buzzing.
In late August, Browne added antlers to his men’s Spring/Summer 2014 look book hats. But when his models hit the runway yesterday afternoon, the hats were a lot more flamboyant.
With their “mad hatter” shapes, the headpieces seemed directly inspired by Alice in Wonderland. With the mock garden runway draped in greenery and a floral leitmotif on suits and hats, Browne’s new collection is designed to feel organic and subtle. The clothes look fresh, well-structured, and ready-to-wear.
Donna Karan’s Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection was not as hat-heavy, but Pharrell Williams’ infamous Vivienne Westwood mountie hat was a clear inspiration. Another muse? Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. The towering straw, Cat in the Hat-inspired hats made the models look 7-feet tall.
Karan’s collection was also influenced by street art, a concept Karl Lagerfeld adopted last fall for Chanel. Karan’s paint-splattered skirts were reminiscent of Chanel’s and Prada’s from last season. Her collection also featured high-waisted pants and structured bra tops—a trend that won’t be going out of style come spring 2015. The must-have item from her collection will definitely be the silk jersey dresses.