Viva Highlights: Our Favourite Looks From New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2021

The garments that captured the screens and scintillating walks of New York Fashion Week's runway and digital shows


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GABRIELA HEARST LOOK 20

“While we look to see what the designer will do for her new post as the creative director of Chloe in Paris over the coming days, Gabriela’s eponymous line showcased all the hallmarks of what we’ve come to expect from her — tidy tailoring, great coats and some practical accessories for busy people. But it was the whimsical knitwear that caught my eye, this hand-knit patchwork poncho a subtle nod to her Uruguayan heritage and the perfect contrast to everything sleek that came down the runway.” — Dan.

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PALMER HARDING LOOK 16

“I don’t profess to know anything about this designer other than the fact this trouser suit is a great colour and a great twist on a classic.” — Dan.

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3.1 PHILLIP LIM LOOK 24

“I appreciate the slouchy 80s cut of this suit from Phillip. Paired with open-toe shoes, hosiery and some sensible knitwear, it possesses a comforting and self-assured mum-vibe that I find myself drawn to lately. Resilient, too, is Phillip himself, who has proved adept at weathering economic crises by creating great, wearable contemporary womenswear.” — Emma Gleason.

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PROENZA SCHOULER LOOK 21

“You could lose count of all the brands that have emulated Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez’s slick-contemporary-womenswear-with-an-artful-bent aesthetic since it launched almost 20 years ago, but you can’t beat an original. This look is perfectly layered, accessorised; and this unusual green hue is pretty rad to look at.” — Dan.

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SANDY LIANG LOOK 20

“Library girl goes hiking. Again, this is practical and just off-beat enough to feel fresh. Sandy is from the big apple, and aptly taps into the zeitgeist of style without ever feeling like she’s trying too hard.” — Emma.

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SUKEINA LOOK 6

“Built like a sculpture and made in the colour of strawberry milkshake — or peony — pink, this neoprene dress is one of the most dynamic and angled looks (of which there are many, hewn into coats and vests and skirts) to come from Sukeina. It is the ne plus ultra of the capped sleeve and flared hip combo.” — Julia.

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THAKOON LOOK 8

“We’ve seen work mum, and this is after-work-mum. I dig it.” — Emma.

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BATSHEVA LOOK 17

“It’s rare that a relatively new designer can help kickstart a whole trend, but Batsheva Hay’s namesake label has helped cement the nostalgia and finessed-frump that has been influencing style lately. They may not be palatable (for some) but her clothes are compassionate for many.” — Emma.

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COLLINA STRADA LOOK 6

“Part of the new vanguard of labels shaking up the traditional model, craft-led New York brand Collina Strada adds a delightfully weird, odd, and enlivening approach to fashion that we so need now — a panacea to all the loungewear and minimalism. I love the oddball layering and mix of textiles in this look, and the label's consistently funky lookbooks.” — Emma.

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ULLA JOHNSON LOOK 38

“I love a look that is unabashedly itself, and this turquoise Star Wars-chic coat from Ulla Johnson shows no sign of wavering on what it wants to achieve — volume and impact.” — Julia Gessler.

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