Held at Pier 94 again, this season Capsule was once again took place in an open floor plan alongside its sister show Cabana, which stresses resort and swimwear, and the two were joined for the first time by a partnership with Brand Assembly, a show of contemporary brands that until now has taken place in Los Angeles and Dallas exclusively.
In alphabetical order, here’s a look at some of the most eye-catching, interesting and/or on-trend looks we found:
Best recycled denim: Atelier & Repairs
Maurizio Donadi’s collection that reimagines used clothing and fabric scraps always looks fresh with its one-of-a-kind creations especially kimono jackets with multicolored pockets.
Best denim skirt: Bldwn
FKA Baldwin, this line founded by Matt Baldwin has generally been turning away from its denim roots to look for designer-driven and contemporary. But it still clearly knows how to do denim well, as evidenced by this short lace-up skirt.
Most eye-catching cord: Etica
This relatively new line from LA boasts ethically produced fabrics and manufacturing but definitely makes a bold fashion statement with its fire engine red corduroy jacket and matching frayed hem skirt.
Best jeans jackets: Wrangler
The longstanding brand wowed with its women’s denim jackets for fall which ranged from a sweetly printed floral one to a Indian blanket inspired model with a shearling collar.
Best affordable knitwear: Saccharine
This new women’s line from the people who make the men’s shirt line Oxford lads stands out thanks the so-called punching embroidery technique it uses on its higly affordable ($125 to $200 retail) merino-blend sweaters. And its printed silk-like shirts are great looking too!
Best retro-inspired knitwear: Barque
Gilbert Chen has offered men’s and kid’s knits for several years now but has just launched women’s pieces for his collection. Among the winners was this wrap sweater with a 1970s Mary Tyler Moore vibe.
Best rainwear: Feller
Three years ago designer Wendy Feller decided to create “a raincoat that doesn’t look like a raincoat.” Her printed models as well as a waxed cotton one are all made in the USA and wholesale for $180 to $210.
Most colorful jeanswear: John John
The Brazilian brand recently showed at New York Fashion Week and among its many treats for the season were bleached out trenchcoats, blue metallic coats and matching jeans and this group, which is inspired by the colors of a Brazilian sunset.
Best mashup top: R.G. Kane
This LA-based brand is only in its second season and offers unique creations made from Frankstein-like sweatshirt pieces or a denim jacket with an antique quilt square sewn to the back.
Best denim jackets: Levi’s Made & Crafted
The specialty line from the jeans giant is offering terrific jackets with interesting fringed backs for fall–styles that looked like nothing else at any of the other shows.
Best 1980s revival: Jordache
The 1980s “designer jean” brand is back and showing its roots. Acid wash? Check. Cropped silhouette? Check. Bold neon colors? Them too!