Blimey, it only feels like last week - not 6 months ago - that I was scouring all the shots of New York Fashion Week's Autumn '15 Shows! And now they have come around again, the first week in a month of travelling around the World looking for all the Spring trend directions, colour predictions and catwalk machinations that will unfold.
Firstly, New York, which kicked off earlier this week. Early indications would appear to show lots of sun-bleached and washed-out colours of peach, pale blue, sea-foam green and cream which invoked memories of California's beaches or Havana's crumbling buildings. The big names including Tommy Hilfiger, Zac Posen, Alexander Wang and Victoria Beckham are all showing at the end of the week so we can catch up with some of the smaller labels in the meantime.
Erin Featherstone was an early highlight. She's been showing now for 10 years and her brand of femininity and romance looked strong - albeit with a handful of denim pieces thrown in for the first time. Her girl had been inspired by childhhod favourite, Anne of Green Gables, and featured high-necked lace collars and lots of needlepoint embroidery.
Moving on to Derek Lam 10 Cosby; the collection had taken its inspiration from Southern Spain with fringing and poms-poms aplenty. Highlights included an embellished matador jacket and a fringed bucket bag.
More laid-back US themes could be seen at BCBG Max Azria when designer Lubov Azria, stated they had picked Southern California for its, "...surf, skate, music - the ways California changed the World". Patchwork bucket hats and yet more fringing showed a definite trend in the making.
Tommy Hilfiger still took his inspiration from the beach - but the slightly more tropical Caribbean where he apparently has a home on the island of Mustique. The colour palette featured the red, gold and green of the Jamaican flag and popped up on leather dresses, crochet dresses and bucket hats. Crochet trims finished necklines, hemlines and even a made up a bathing suit - modelled by a very gorgeous looking Gigi Hadid.
Victoria Beckham introduced print for the first time, albeit very subtly in silhouetted surfers or over-sized gingham. Shapes were much looser than those she is best-known for with A-line skirts and dresses, culottes and suede cape style tops, replacing the skin-tight bandage styles of earlier seasons.
Bringing the New York week to a close was Marc Jacobs, which for the first time was only showing once, since the announcement in March that it would be folding the diffusion Marc line into the main range. The show was held at the Ziegfeld Theatre (which this Lovett Lady had the pleasure of visiting back in 1999 when the husband insisted on watching The Phantom Menace as soon as it was released and can confirm it is a beautiful venue!). The cinematic theme continued with usherettes handing out popcorn, soda and a programme which contained a Marc Jacobs quiz.
The clothes themselves had a strong "Americana" theme which was a shift away from the very beachy collections elsewhere in New York.
The collection was heavy on red, white and blue colourways and featured collegiate details on sweats and jackets - filling the void left by the Marc line no doubt.
The usual suspects of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid made appearances but so did Beth Ditto, who wowed in a floor-length white gown.
Badges and brooches were liberally pinned all over collars and jackets. It'll be interesting to see how the range works in stores when it's covering all the price points but it was charming collection all the same.