If chunky knits are truly the money term of New York Fashion Week as luxury financial consultant Edo Jao tweeted, Flora and Alexa of Ohne Titel respectfully chose to go elsewhere. Yes, there were knits and yes, there was a distinct '70s vibe, but the Parsons grads stressed that they were opting for a "leaner, longer" silhouette backstage at the American Express VIP Card Member Lounge Q&A after their show.
Bright fluorescent fabrics came down strapped to and around the body, making for long, lithe dancer silhouettes. There were a few misses, as in a knit legging that sagged a bit in the seat on the model, but most looks were definite winners. Lurex halter tops with multiple straps that came across the chest were a definite favorite, as were the multitude of roll necks in sapphire, magenta and camel.
About that lurex though. The designers revealed that it was actually sort of a lurex redux, a fabric created with a plastic that made it softer to the hand than your typical lurex fabrication. Even some of the fabrications that looked to be leather were again courtesy of some clever factory maneuverings with plastic.
It's a revelation that's comforting — hearing about "wearable technology" that at the end of the day seems simply wearable. And this writer’s favorite looks? A pair in all black, head to toe that made it abundantly clear that texture play is clearly a part of this season's message.