The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
Travel is an intrinsic part to my own life, a fairly evident point that materializes in the very first instant of someone meeting me. Which is why I was thrilled that the quintessentially feminine Chiara Boni named her New York Fashion Week (NYFW) collection “Grand Hotel”, epitomizing one of my favorite parts of living in foreign lands: the luxury hotel. She described her women as international globetrotters and guests of prestigious hotels, a facet that was reflected in her gracious styles.
As a consequence, she picked the universally acclaimed black hue for the majority of her dresses. Although I usually have a stronger affinity to colors, the styles worked because of the blending of fabrics and textures across the dresses. Gold earrings bounced as zippered and ruffled dresses sashayed down the runway, often strapped with leather accents or velvet accessories. Sheer backlessness, off shoulder and scoop neck tops and one particular zipper lined dress with elbow length gloves were stellar pieces. Lace and sequins were also present in cuffs or shoulders, as well as headpieces in leather. Some outfits were also trousers with longer length leather or flowing shirts, including one jumpsuit which seemed to be the seasons hottest trend.
A few sparkles of color jolted into the audience with teal blue leather suits, chiffon and sheer knee length dresses in retro styles with puffed sleeves, alongside a few shocking pink pieces for feminine touches and a deep brown in sheer tonal hues. Keeping in synch with monochromatic tones, each look was styled with few details and timeless grace to work all year round. Naturally, with a penchant for gold, I quite enjoyed the figure hugging gold and metallic dresses which were a zappy ode to nightlife in foreign cities!
One of the highlights were the gentlemen in chauffer and concierge style gold buttoned uniforms, following the models around in shopping bags filled with plush red roses and luggage carts in sparkly clean baggage carts. Adding an element of luxury lifestyle, the dispersed men in the runway made for an enviable sight that inspired onlookers to look forward to old world hotel charm.
Supplementary images from WWD.