I've never counted on New York for bring newness to the fashion scene. I'm not saying New York isn't innovative or important to fashion, it just isn't the place for thought-provoking, abstract clothes. By nature, New York fashion is commercial and wearable and, to a degree, professional or athletic. That being said, all of those qualities are necessary in fashion and by no means less important than, say, change or creativity. The things that set these New York cookie-cutter shows apart are the small details, which are, more often than not, completely unnecessary concerning design or function and there solely for the sake of being there. That element is present at almost all NYFW shows, and at Tome, it took the form of a ruffle.
Most of the collection was partly based off of last year's spring collection and partly based on the trends floating around today, with very little innovation in between. I can however credit the part based on last year's spring collection with the excuse of developing classic motifs within the brand; it made me déjà vu to last year, but that's better than this year looking like a whole new brand. Despite the lack of originality, because of the mock-creativity (that damn ruffle!) the clothes weren't even all that wearable. If someone wants a seasonal piece, they're either going to buy the completely wild choice or the classic staple, not the piece that is similar enough to others not to be special but different enough not to be timeless. The clothes weren't beautiful to look at, thoughtful, or challenging; quite simply, they were boring. Though there were some interesting ideas hiding in the blandness of this collection, those ideas had nothing to do with the central, ruffled glue holding this collection together. If they played around with weight and proportion a bit more, it would have made for a far more interesting collection, and ultimately a more interesting brand.
A pair of wide-cut pants that moved live a dress and chunky tie-front skirts in khaki gave us glimpse of what Tome could be without all the distracting details and unnecessary, faux-innovative themes.
Photos via Vogue Runway (aka Style.com's newly unveiled makeover.)