In continuation of my New York Fashion Week re-cap, below are more picks (in the high school yearbook superlative vein) that made my heart sing. Missed Part One? Catch it here (or, um, just scroll down).
6. Best Art Installation
threeASFOUR collaborated with Yoko Ono–you heard right–to create a progressive, all-black collection of tough architectural pieces paired with more draped, flowy looks. Much of what was sent down the runway featured Ono’s rarely seen dot drawings.
7. Best Color Story
A CFDA winner who made his big entrance in 2007, Chris Benz is, all of a sudden, my new favorite. I love that his clothes mix practicality and fantasy (hello, feathered skirt). His spring collection was all about punchy colors, polka dots and sequins—like a big plate of confetti cupcakes. YUM.
8. Best Mini
Evidently, thick-stroked scribbles make for a pretty dress. On short frocks, I love a graphic print and structured shoulders, as seen on dresses like this one from Tibi.
9. Best Maxi
Sleek, soft and yet completely refined, this dress from Badgley Mischka is fondant icing poured on the body. (I’ll stop with the food references soon, I promise.) The simplicity is lovely; the detailing at the neckline and waist make it luxe.
10. Best Expression of Childhood Whimsy
My seven-year-old self would have coveted this bubblegum pink Zac Posen dress. She would have likely paired it with the cork platform heels from the dress-up box and asked to wear it to school. It’s Barbie, but better. It’s candy and sparkles and ponies and princesses. I love it, in the most imprudent way.
*Since I was not fortunate to sit in the front row, SLR camera in hand, all photos are from New York Magazine’s The Cut.