Fun and flirty, political statements, and tour merchandise inspiration at Fashion Week

Sunday and Monday at New York Fashion Week saw plenty of stylish offerings on display, and a few misses as well. The traditional New York Fashion week power players were on display, including brands like Hood by Air, Altuzarra, and Libertine.

Hood by Air was a bit of a miss this season. Their show aesthetic this season was based on the concept of music tour merchandise. The concept, unfortunately, didn't hit home the way it should have. There was something lost about the Hood by Air aesthetic that made it so popular in the first place. Gone was the high fashion street style, and in was a look that was much too commercial.

Word's like "hustler" and "wench" were spelled out on clothes, but the customers will be reminiscent for the traditional Hood by Air logo branding. It was a bit of different direction for the brand, but they could stand to revisit their archives and go back to the looks that made them so popular in the first place. Come home, Hood by Air. Go back to the roots which made you so acclaimed.

Libertine and Altuzarra hits at NYFW, Hood by Air misses the mark

Altuzarra, on the other hand, continues to manage to reinvest his sophisticated, feminine, and flirty aesthetics, and leave his consumers and audience wanting more. The collection had some delicate and soft touches, like cherry prints on ruffled slip dresses, and more edgy offerings like a denim python print jacket.

The contrasting pieces between the soft and feminine and more edgy reminded us that Joseph Altuzarra is a versatile designer here to offer something for every woman. The designer, who shifted his fall focus to accessories, is still giving his all to his bread and butter, which is women's ready-to-wear. The versatile collection is sure to keep the business going strong, as he works on growing Altuzarra into the type of household name luxury brand.

Fun and flirty, political statements, and tour merchandise inspiration at Fashion Week

One of the top shows all week by far would have to be Libertine.

This season, the brand was all about the bright, neon colors, fur adorned heels, and pearl-dripping lips.

The collection even got a bit political with Queen Elizabeth patches, British flags, and anarchy symbols.

The eclectic and wild mind of creative director Johnson Hartig was on full display with everything from the clothes to the runway shows finale where he had the models start a dance party.

The collection, which was titled "We Hate Everything", might have had a jarring theme, but it's clothes drew its audience in with its colors and slightly avante garde designs. Hartig knows how to make a statement and make himself remembered.

It was an eclectic mix up at Fashion Week, but that's always great for surprises.

Images: Catwalkpictures

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