Derek J's New York Fashion Week Diary

What are the hottest trends for Fall/Winter 2015? The 'Fashion Queens' host weighs in.

Fashion Queens host Derek J was on the scene for New York Fashion Week in New York City this week to see what Fall/Winter 2015 has in store for us. Here, he shares some stand-out trends and looks from some of his favorite shows.

Bold Colors and Sparkle Are In!
For Son Jung Wan’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection, models strutted their stuff in vibrant colors of plum, fuchsia, orange and teal. Wan’s collection was inspired using the concept of “Modern Retro" and was influenced by Gordon Park’s romantic films created in the fifties that were rich in both color and texture. Wan utilized an array of different fabrics and textures and also took advantage of layering, using gold and sequins, which gave the garments an extra pop of sparkle.

"I’m such a fan of sequins and any fabric that moves in such a graceful way," Derek says. "I also loved the mixture of textures and vibrant colors—very practical for Fall and Winter and so vibrant!”"

Black Is Never Dull
Vera Wang is known for the heavy use of black and did not disappoint in her contemporary collection. To pair with the dark color, Wang allowed the details to take center stage by incorporating rain boots and sky-scraper high heels, hand-sewn pearls, corset lace-ups and quick flashes of under-white at the seams of longer dresses.

She wasn't the only designer to go back to black. Thom Browne and Alexander Wang (below) kept it on the dark side as well.

Over at the the Asia Fashion Collection show, which allows for emerging young Asian designers to display their designs, clean black palettes also stood out.

Although all of the collections were progressive and inspiring, Noirer by Lee Younggon perfected the technique of layers and drapes. Paired with long military-like coats with silver belted buckles, black leather boots were used to compliment the loose-fitting trousers and leather jackets.

"You really can’t go wrong with a black palette," Derek says. "It can be dressed up or made casual and is such a practical, yet fashion forward choice."

It’s All About Fun!
Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief charity catwalk show brought both celebrated designers and celebrities to Lincoln Center. Not only did Naomi sport the catwalk looking incredible in a series of beautiful designer gowns, donated by her famous fashion designer friends in a bid to raise funds to fight the Ebola crisis, but she also invited some of Hollywood’s well known faces to walk in the show as well. NeNe Leakes, Rosario Dawson, Kelly Osbourne, Brad Goreski and Paris Hilton were only some of the familiar faces that joined in to support a good cause.

“The show was fantastic!" Derek says. "The fact that Naomi was so successful in bringing everyone together for a good cause was inspiring and so much fun for the people in the audience waiting to see who would hit the runway next!

It's Important to Nurture Young Talent
Twelve designers presented at The Art Institutes show after months of stiff competition with other Art Institutes students and alumni. Those who triumphed were given the opportunity to showcase their designs at New York fashion week.

Each designer presented a collection of six outfits and the runway was graced with a medley of eveningwear and casual ensembles for both men and woman. A standout from the showcase was Yalary Fuentes who used heavy amounts of latex in her collection paired with other strong textures.

"It's so important to encourage emerging designers," Derek says. "They are the foundation for what's to come!"

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