Almost everyone got the gold metallic memo. Lela Rose did it better than most and featured a golden silk lace sheath dress that was to die for. "America's Next Top Model" alum and Maryland native Isis King relied heavily on gold when crafting her collection titled "The Goldest Winter Ever."
Metallics, popular this spring, will still be strong for fall. Custo Barcelona debuted metallic button-down shirts in assorted colors for men. And almost every women's collection included at least one shiny frock. Tracy Reese used sequins in abundance to accent her animal print frocks. David Tlale showed an impressive collection filled with luxe shiny fabrics used on gowns and separates in geometric shapes.
Lacoste led the charge to the future. Creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista took show-goers through a futuristic arctic expedition. The collection featured geometric silhouettes, slicked-back ponytails, sheer raincoats and a surprising amount of color. There were also a number of pieces that appeared to be made of scuba material. When that material was crafted into rounded shoulder tops, it reinforced the sci-fi feel of the collection. Jill Stuart also captured the trend with a navy frock that was adorned with a black bow.
Rag & Bone opted for houndstooth sweaters. Nina Skarra featured a plush, white oversized offering. Custo Barcelona matched rich patterned sweaters with shorts and skirts. Monika Chiang also showcased a white, loose knit sweater atop a simple flared black dress, and a cobalt blue sweater that she paired with loose khaki three-quarter pants.
Scarves and capes
Custo Barcelona rocked the trend best with dramatic wool scarves and ponchos atop men's suits.
LOCAL FOLKS AT THE SHOWS
Here are some of the Marylanders making an impact during Fashion Week.
David Hart: The Maryland native unveiled a collection of menswear that included rich colors, contrasting patterns and luxe fabrics. His emerald tuxedo was eye-catching.
Isis King: The "America's Next Top Model" alum and fashion designer recruited her fellow top model contestants Camille McDonald, Sheena Sakai, Keenyah Hill and Naima Mora to walk in her show, which featured her fall collection. The collection was her first in seven years, and King said she decided to make it dress-driven after receiving advice from Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley. "It's a bright, young, futuristic and sexy collection," King said. The collection was primarily composed of gold, turquoise and purple.
Stevie Boi: The Baltimore-based designer known for his fashion-forward eyewear showed a collection called "Leather" and told The Baltimore Sun, "My favorite piece from the collection is the leather masquerade-type eyewear." In addition to showcasing his own creations, Boi flipped the script and modeled for designer Michael Kuluva in New York.
James Machiniak: The K Co Design and Day Spa hairstylist worked with the team of celebrity hairstylist Oribe during the week.
Kenneth Saenz: Saenz, who is also a hair stylist at K Co Design and Day Spa, worked major shows such as Jill Stuart, Libertine and Monique Lhuillier.
Hilary Rhoda: Supermodel Hilary Rhoda closed out the Carolina Herrera fall show dressed in an emerald-green satin fur-accented backless frock. The Chevy Chase native was also spotted front row at Helmut Lang and Dannijo. In her free time, Rhoda participated in SoulCycle, the trendy workout that combines fitness and spirtual wellness.For more fashion week coverage, follow John-John Williams on Twitter @popcouturejjw4.