Bright Young Things @ NYFW
It’s been a few days, and we’ve been really busy over here, but I wanted to make sure I got a chance to talk about one of the other runway shows that Susan and I were able to attend last week at NY Fashion Week — the eco-friendly Bright Young Things line.
After doing a little digging around on BYT’s history, I found out that the line is created by Eliza Starbuck, who is most famous for designing a utilitarian little black dress with a a button-down front and a simple pleat in back. There are about a million different ways to wear it, and the BYT website proves it. At first glance, the short-sleeved frock looked like it would never own real estate space in my closet, but after seeing all the options it provides, my opinion pulled a 180 — it’s actually incredibly clever, no-fuss design, much like a canvas for the fashionista to paint with her own accessories.
My interest is effectively piqued!
This was BYT’s first fashion show, which featured up-beat music and models of all different looks and of all ages. The show included a handful of styles that didn’t include the little black dress, but most revolved around this central piece — most looks kept it as almost an overcoat, with shocks of bright pink, pale pink, turquoise and purple peaking out from underneath. Some styles were belted, some were left open.
Susan loved the look pictured above, right. The halter-style black dress, belted with a brown belt and paired with classic black pumps is simplicity at its best. The model looked fabulous even without any additional accessories.
My favorite was one of the belted styles (pictured, left) with a fluttery pale nude skirt, adding a distinctly feminine touch to the little black dress. It was paired with torn knee-highs, pale nude pumps and long strands of pearls — so chic!
I also loved the shoes the designer chose. Some were classic pumps and others were strappy heeled sandals in fantastic bright colors! Check out the pink ones pictured, right. There were also bright yellow ones that I was lusting after. Each shoe choice added serious style to the outfits, some playing a more central role than others.
There were a couple of the accessories that I just couldn’t get into — most notably the headpieces pictured on some of the models below. Most of the line consisted of easy, effortless, ready-to-wear pieces, and these odd headpieces were off-mark, in my opinion, for an otherwise great show.
I absolutely loved the bright colors and very different ways Starbuck styled her models. I may have to try a similar experiment in my own wardrobe and try to style my favorite LBD in as many ways as I possibly can. Sounds like a fun girls’ night for my roommate and I! Now if only I could ask where she got those fabulous shoes…