Even the falling snow couldn’t deter the world’s fashion elite as they descended on the Big Apple to kick off fashion month with New York Fashion Week. The city was awash with the faces of editors, models, designers and journalists as everyone clamoured to see New York’s offerings for the forthcoming season of AW14. The opening city of fashion month is known for its array of designers, all of whom possess the skill to strike that perfect balance of casual and luxury. The laid-back sportswear-luxe trend which has become a staple in the international woman’s wardrobe was born in New York, so we always look forward to seeing what our favourite designers come up with. The King of Street Style Alexander Wang offered pops of colour, while the Marc by Marc Jacobs collection showcased a fusion of tartan and geometric prints. As avid followers of fashion, we were delighted to see some of our favourite brands send their creations down the runway, so read on for our review of NYFW AW/14…
Set in Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn on a stormy Saturday night, the fashion crowd patiently waited to see what Alexander Wang had to offer. The controversial location was a perfect setting to reflect the mood of the collection, which was based on the concept of pounding the New York pavement. Wang’s talking points were “extreme conditions and survival” at the collection preview, so anticipation was rife in the air. The collection was ultimately urban, and was instantly recognisable as the designer’s signature flair. Outerwear was the main feature, with perfect structures, down-filled jackets, luxe shearlings and sleek silhouettes all playing their parts and offering themselves as options to the urban woman for the forthcoming season. Continuing to appeal to the urban woman was the snap-pockets on the front of the jackets, designed to fit a variety of devices, from iPads to phones, notebooks to lighters. The verdict? Another outstanding collection from the man who goes from strength to strength, Mr Wang, we salute you.
The new season offering from Nicole and Michael Colovos was a refreshing take on their usual colour palette of monochrome. The base colours were black and white, accentuated with tomato red and camel. Backstage, Ms Colovos said “Spring was about flat, clean, crisp fabrics and we wanted to flip that on its head”. And they certainly did just that. A fantastic array of texture stormed down the catwalk, from fluffy mohair, to teddy bear soft fabric, multi ply knits and supple leather. Even the silhouette of Helmut Lang was reworked, where in the past the signature has been soft drapes juxtaposed with sharp tailoring, each piece billowed softly into a looser shape which flattered and enveloped the models perfectly. The colour blocking complemented the separates in a wonderful way, creating contrast and interest. A fantastic seasonal offering, the collection will appeal to minimalists and fluffy-jumper lovers alike.
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Designed by Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier, the new season collection of Marc by Marc Jacobs gave the resolute atmosphere of girl power. While previous collections have been engineered towards an androgynous customer, this season the message was clear – girls rule the world. Bartley’s debut as co-designer was a resounding success, as she said she wanted to take the collection back to its kicky roots. And no one does kicky like the Brits. The collection was a fusion of the ethos of Marc Jacobs clashing with the decades of Brit fashion culture which we all know and love, and the result was nothing short of sensational. Full of attitude, fierce feminism and forward thinking fashion, from the first look the tone for the show and all forthcoming seasons was set. Watch this space, MBMJ is going to keep on growing.
Rag & Bone
Marcus Wainwright and David Neville said themselves that their new collection was “a mix of a lot of things” so you’d be forgiven for failing to follow or discern the collection’s concept. However, as piece by piece graced the runway, a theme began to emerge. This was a working collection, from the Cosby sweaters (a collaboration with Australian brand Coogi), Lumberjack checks, paint splattered denims to pinstripe tailoring. Every single piece was a dedication to a working man, the pinstripes on their way to the office, the personalised emblazoned mechanics jackets on their way to the garage, even the paint splattered denim was on its way to work. Rather than piecing together an elaborate concept to offer to the fashion-savvy woman, Wainwright and Neville have designed a collection full of pieces which will no doubt be at the top of your wishlist, so start saving your pennies now.
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