Shortly after I wrote about spring campaigns in this column last month, I started to wear short sleeves and lighter clothing. It was only then I fully realised how much I will miss wearing all my favourite coats and sweaters here in the States.

Fortunately, there was ample coverage of the Fall 2016 shows at New York Fashion Week, and although Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour recently said that NYFW was actually a disappointment last month, it allowed me to temporarily live in denial by mentally hanging onto fall and winter fashion for just a little bit longer. 

Ralph Lauren
Not only did my favourite model Karlie Kloss open the Ralph Lauren show, the collection began with rustic, monochromatic sweaters, cardigans, turtlenecks, loose trousers and boots in my favourite shades of taupe. The collection crescendoed with blazers, culottes, capes, wide rustic belts and slouchy suede boots in richer, deeper browns and tartans, then with black velvet and royal blue numbers accented in fringe and pussy bow accents.

Diane von Furstenberg
Rather than showing her Fall 2016 collection on a traditional runway, the divine Diane von Furstenberg hosted a dance party in which top models – including Kloss (the face of DVF), Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn –  loosely paraded in glamorous, disco-style dresses and 70s wavy hair to Sister Sledge’s ‘We are Family.’ Confidence was everywhere as the energy seemed fun and flirty for a very strategic, but ultimately warm and well-received Instagram photo-op to promote the clothing.

It’s no wonder many of Rodarte’s previous collections are exhibited in prestigious places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art – for fall, sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy presented another beautifully romantic and gothic line exploring life, love and death. described the clothing best, characterising it as a “woodland romance” with a “nymph vibe” and commented that “though elements of the collection felt heavy, the eveningwear peppered throughout was positively dreamy”.

In September I briefly wrote about Thai-Canadian designer Somsack Sikhounmuong, who at the time had recently become the head of women’s design at struggling American retailer J.Crew. Sikhounmuong debuted his first collection with the company last month to much excitement. He presented bright and polychromatic designs in bold prints that seemed to revive the retailer’s reputation for polished, tailored wear: magenta flared pant suits, candy red flared and cropped botanical trousers, evergreen and buttermilk chunky knits, cheetah jackets, vivid pink faux-fur coats and even maroon pajama-style sets with floral flourishes.

Ruben Luong is AsiaLIFE’s style editor. Contact him at