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New York Fashion Week has come to an end. Towards the end of it, I got a little under the weather and was unable to attend the rest of my New York Fashion Week coverage. I hope you were able to keep up with me for the first few days of shows, back stage and event access on Instagram and Snap Chat (monroesteele). Even though I didn’t attend many shows this season, I definitely kept up with the best of the best via the web. Luckily many designers opted to also lifestream their shows this season such as Alexander Wang and many of the shows also were up on the NYFW.com site. I have to share with you my favorite shows from Spring/Summer 2016!

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I am a huge Proenza Schouler fan and own a number of their shoes. I am simply in love with their SS2016 Collection. The collection was basically a black, white and red smorgasbord of constructed deconstruction. This white off the shoulder beauty with it’s quirky balls was one of my favorites as well as this tiered white gown with side cutouts. I would work 3 jobs to own them both, but it’d be worth every hour. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez outdid themselves. The collection utilized a lot of tied fabric bows as well as bell shapes, which gave the collection a sophisticated Spanish feel to me. The collection featured wide knits (my latest obsession), pom pom accents (you all know I love a good pom pom), and even feathers! Watch a the full video of the Proenza Schouler SS2016 Collection.

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[aesop_content color=”auto” background=”auto” width=”content” columns=”2″ position=”none” imgrepeat=”no-repeat” floaterposition=”left” floaterdirection=”up”]Another favorite collection this season was Mara Hoffman. I loved her laid back sophisticated hippie style with flowing fabrics and bird patterns. She had a great denim jacket with appliqués and the wide white lace up sandals would be the perfect sandal for any outfit next summer. I also loved the pairing of florals with stripes. What I love about Mara is that she incorporates pockets into most of her dresses and skirts and I’m big on pockets, even if they serve no purpose. I love that she used a lot of Spring and Summer bright colors when so many other designer stick to one color palette. It was refreshing to see a more laid back and realistic collection for the Spring and Summer season.

My favorite pieces where the all white jumpsuits and also the off the shoulder pieces since I’m obsessed at the moment with anything off the shoulder. Check out the Mara Hoffman SS2016 Collection video. TOME Spring 2016 blew me away and is what I need my entire wardrobe to look like presently. Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin really know how to dress the modern chic yet unpredictable woman. TOME gives me everything Aussie (and you know I love a good Aussie brand!). They gave me ruffles, juxstaposition and structure. I loved the easy layering and all of the tops were fantastic and exactly what I need and now can’t live without.

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Photography by Jennifer Jean-Pierre

Top: Urban Outfitters | Skirt: ASOS or get a great mini here | Shoes: Windsor Smith get similar lace ups HERE

Last but certainly not least is Brothers Veillies by Aurora James. The footwear label it seems has blossomed into “It” status overnight. James’ goal was to introduce the rest of the world to her favorite traditional African footwear and to sustain artisanal jobs within Africa. Her Spring 2016 Collection was all anyone could talk about on Day 1 of New York Fashion Week. I am definitely getting my hands on some Brothers Veillies footwear to see me through next summer. I love a great quirky and unique shoe and these give me everything I crave: lacing ups, pony hair, and sometimes bows.

Special mentions also go out to Zimmermann (my favorite Aussie brand), Rosie Assoulin who’s dramatic flare keeps me coming back for more, and Givenchy’s epic show (which I didn’t receive an invite to, and was pretty much crushed).

What shows did you enjoy the most?

xx

Monroe

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