Grace Gordon on Her Favorite Shows from New York Fashion Week

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If you’ve ever read a runway review on Savoir Flair, chances are it was written by me. For the past five years, my greatest joy in life has been covering the runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, and over time I have amassed literally thousands of reviews for the magazine. I approach reviews with a sharply honed critic’s eye, having studied the collections like I’m working toward a Ph.d. in fashion criticism.

Now that the Spring/Summer 2016 shows of New York Fashion Week have wrapped — and boy did Marc Jacobs make sure the week closed with a bang — I am taking time to reflect on the five collections that really piqued my interest. I regard fashion design as the most humanistic of art forms, where its function is to adorn and improve the human form. What I look for in the “best” is real innovation, advanced technique, and a sense that the designer has a thoughtful message to put forward. I am never distracted by trends, the front row, the spectacle of the set, or the soundtrack — when the lights go up, it’s just me and the clothes.

For insight into what I believe to be the best collections of Spring/Summer 2016 New York Fashion Week, click through the gallery.

Photos: Courtesy of Getty Images and GoRunway

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