By now, you get the idea: I scoured photos from New York Fashion Week shows and culled my favorite looks. Review the first 15 starting here.
Et voila–my final entry!
16) Most Wearable
Wearable is, of course, relative. But I think we can all agree that Donna Karan is to practical as, say, Rodarte is to inspired and avant-garde (if a little kooky; inspiration for this season = condors, no joke). Neither is better than the other, per se (OK, the Mulleavy sisters are kind of geniuses), but each serves its purpose. This dress definitely looks like something “real women” could not only wear–but look great in.
17) Best Use of Embellishment
I cheated: This gorgeous number was sent down the runway at London Fashion Week–not New York. (I just had to squeeze in some Matthew Williamson.) Not surprisingly, I adore everything about it: the light chartreuse, the sparkles (just the right amount), the pattern and the jacket pairing.
18) Best Lines
What could easily be just another cute shift is transformed with some clever lines. Not only is the shape great, but the geometric details on this Derek Lam dress make it pop.
19) Best Split Personality
You know the expression ‘business in the front, party in the back’? While mullets are clearly heinous, this dress from Phillip Lim is anything but. Still, it shares the same philosophy: half glitter party girl, half matte sophistication–all executed in a way that surprisingly, really works.
20) Best in Show
For some reason, I keep coming back to this flirty Reem Acra number, and I don’t know why. I don’t imagine others would be as captivated by it–since there’s nothing entirely new or distinctive about it. Still, it lures me. In that way, fashion’s like art. Sometimes you can’t put into words why something makes your heart beat a little faster: You just have to run with it.