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The city that never sleeps has left us giddy with excitement from the bold, daring, outrageous collections that have so far graced the AW23 fashion week. We’ve collated a list of our favourite highlights from this season’s NYFW so far, below.

Sergio Hudson

The AW23 Sergio Hudson show took us on a nostalgic journey to the 90s, with a neon colour palette, shoulder pads, graffiti print motifs, and extremely high wedge heels. Hudson took inspiration for this collection from an eclectic range of colourful murals by Jason Naylor that were made for NYFW. He felt touched by the riveting energy of this art and decided to dedicate the newest Sergio Hudson collection to them. Hudson also wanted to give a nod to the late Karl Lagerfeld by adding in his personal interpretation of the famous 90s rebrand and tailoring of Chanel. 

Photos courtesy of @sergiohudson/Instagram

Collina Strada

Creative director Hillary Taymour and art director Charlie Engman delivered an unusual display of weird and wonderful zoomorphism in the ‘Please Don’t Eat My Friends’ Collection. This was  a thought-provoking show, filled with animal face prosthetics and models crawling, jumping and sniffing their way down the earthy green runway. The collection featured a colour palette of gold, bronze and silver, with shining satin pieces on floor length gowns and crimped collars. The runway was an inclusive space, featuring models across a diverse range of shapes, sizes and physical abilities.

Photos courtesy of @collinastrada/Instagram


Simkhai wanted to create a tough, grounded collection for AW23, and did so with sharply cut, asymmetrical designs. Many of the models strode down the runway donning heavy boots to match the edgy look of the clothes. The occasional look contrasted this, however, where a model was dressed in a delicate floor length lace dress, dark crystals embellished on the material sparkling from the light of the runway, paired with open-toed heels.  

Photos courtesy of @simkhai/Instagram

Prabal Gurung

For the AW23 collection, Prabal Gurung explored the Buddhist concept of “anichya”, which is the concept of impermanence, that ‘everything changes and nothing lasts forever’. The collection featured butterfly motifs and a bursting colour palette filled with saffrons, soft pinks, oranges and yellows. The colourful format was a nod to Prabal’s homeland in Nepal, which he had not been able to visit in years. The designer was brought to reflect on his homeland deeply when attending a meditative retreat and was faced firsthand with the concept of impermanence. He wanted to incorporate this into the collection, and did so in a beautiful showcase of achingly beautiful pieces. 

Photos courtesy of @prabalgurung/Instagram

Herve Leger

Big names gathered at The Club Room at Soho Grand to witness the iconic Herve Leger FW23 showcase. Each look was paired with Schutz heels, which paired perfectly with the figure hugging gowns donned by the models in forest greens and blacks. The collection was minimalist and effortless, crafted in a way that the materials appeared to cascade effortlessly down the wearer’s body and elongate the figure. 

Photos courtesy of @herveleger/Instagram

Alice + Olivia

The FW23 collection for Alice + Olivia by designer Stacey Bendet did not shy away from the chance to deliver a daring collection filled with an incredibly luscious colour palette. We were obsessed with the richly pigmented blue, green, pink and white pieces that stole the show, quite literally. The brand experimented with mixing bold, floral patterns with the rich colour palette, which came together to create an eye-catching, one-of-a-kind collection.

Photos courtesy of aliceandolivia.com


The AW23 Siriano show channelled Audrey Hepburn in an unmatched level of class. The runway was lined with thousands of multicoloured flowers. Models elegantly floated down the runway, some donning slanted wide-brimmed hats reminiscent of Hepburn’s classic style. The collection also featured oversized 3D floral motifs, figure-hugging black mini dresses, and soft tulle evening dresses. 

Photo courtesy of @csiriano/Instagram

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