NYFW ROUND UP DAY 4

Today’s round up includes DVF, Derek Lam, DKNY, Porshe, Thakoon, Victoria Beckham and Delpozo.

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG FALL/WINTER 2014

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Poetically deemed Bohemian Wrapsody, an air of care free spirit and celebration provided much of the inspiration for Diane Von Furstenberg’s latest collection commemorating 40 years of her famous wrap dress.  As signature vibrant graphic prints and wrap dresses shown in their synonymous silk jersey composition opened the show with a bang, luxe fabrics of velvet, jacquards and fur were quick to follow suit.  Classic ballet sweaters – the original inspiration behind DVF’s wrap dress – were an essential part of the show as they were layered over everything from blouson sleeved velvet mini dresses to shirtdresses which were then laid over silk trousers.

For the finale, each model was decked out in glimmering gold party dresses all nodding to the anniversary at hand.  They all ended the show together, dancing and smiling on the built out stage which was hosting a live performance by St. Vincent.  As Diane Von Furstenberg made her way to the party, gold confetti shot out over the crowd confirming that this anniversary show was truly all about the fun, light-hearted and admirable spirit of the DVF woman.

–by: Jillian Magenheim

Jillian Magenheim is a writer, editor and a digital media/PR consultant for multiple fashion and beauty brands.  You can follow her thoughts on twitter @Magenhaz

 

PORSCHE NYFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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What do you think of when you think of a Porsche?  Sleek yet, powerful.  Showy, yet refined.  Creative Director, Thomas Steinbrueck, has done a masterful job weaving together these seemingly disparate characteristics into quite a tight collection.  “Chic Altitude” was the theme of the collection, and I’d say that was spot on.  Think chunky sweaters for Bond villains in a surprising array of colors (navy, burgundy, rust, olive, ivory and charcoal). Other standouts from the collection included the modern twist on the traditional pleated leather skirt paired with high buckle boots, also in leather. While we’re on the subject of leather, the bomber jacket and accompanying leather pants pairing was also an absolute scene stealer… particularly if the scene is apres-ski in St. Moritz.

–by: Stacy Igel

Stacy Igel is the Founder and Creative Director of the young contemporary label, Boy Meets Girl®. She is also the proprietor of the blog, Behind the Seams™ with Stacy Igel. Stacy is a frequent lecturer on subjects including social media, branding and entrepreneurship in fashion, and she is deeply committed to a number of charities, including the Young Survival Coalition and BullyBust. You can follow her for more BTS on Twitter and instagram @stacyigel

 

DEREK LAM NYFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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From color to composition, Derek Lam was on trend with every theme we’ve seen during fashion week thus far. Beyond the primary-colored turtlenecks evoking our inner Mondrian, Lam delivered casual yet sophisticated daywear and sportswear to yesterday’s viewers. The designer used improbable color pairings in many of his looks, which nonetheless, came together in unexpected unison. Models dressed in piqued periwinkle and sand-colored coats walked the runway among those wearing boxy color-blocked crewnecks, fringe-adorned sweaters and asymmetrical layered pieces. Despite the somewhat rigid appearance in the structure of certain pieces, the designer relied heavily on soft, ‘slouchy’ fabrics and unconventional slits to ensure swift movement—most notably in his eveningwear. The collection, in its entirety, embodied the necessary simplicity we yearn for season after season.

–By Sara Micelotta

Sara Micelotta is a New York-based contributor with a background in fashion public relations, marketing and event production. Follow her shopping and dining trips on instagram @saramicelotta.

 

DKNY NYFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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Only Donna Karan is capable of assembling a crew of influencers—who we wouldn’t be surprised to see in the stands or in the DJ booth—to model her iconic American sportswear line in her Fall 2014 runway show. In typical New Yorker fashion, Karan’s models, both male and female, rocked black-on-black New York Yankee hats throughout the show. Paired with the flat brimmed hats were monochromatic separates and fur-trimmed quilted outerwear, sticking to the black and white theme introduced early on. The men rocked classic black, navy and gray suiting, wool overcoats and quilted bomber jackets, as well as one standout white varsity jacket with black leather sleeves. Hues of yellow, blue, burgundy and pink were brought in to brighten the initial dark looks, all while remaining utilitarian at heart. As for her prints, we saw stripes, houndstooth, plaids and an abstract zebra pattern, all of which we’ve come to appreciate as classic American designs.

–By Sara Micelotta

 

THAKOON NYFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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If there is one piece of advice we can take from yesterday’s Thakoon show, its how to successfully layer. Vibrant capelets were shown over silk blouses, skirts and pants, creating comprehensive, tiered looks. Adding to this theme of ‘more is more’ were uniquely constructed coats with draping backs and high-neck closures. While this was enough to hold our attention, the fall florals, contemporary polka dot and southwestern striped patterns—shown in various styles and colors—set Thakoon’s ready-to-wear collection apart from the competition.

–By Sara Micelotta

 

VICTORIA BECKHAM NYFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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If there’s anything we can all agree on, it’s that Victoria Beckham has come a long way as a designer, and yesterday proved no less. Although we expected her Fall 2014 show to grace the catwalk with the all-famous pencil dress (which, for the record, didn’t) and well-tailored pieces, something about this new collection has elevated her from one end of the spectrum to the other. She no less showed off her savvy skills than she did with pushing her own boundaries. Where last season’s androgynous looks may have been too heavy for Beckham’s usual clientele, this season steered towards femininity, which seemed to show somewhat of a development. Coming mostly in a monochrome toned palette, it was details such as intricate pleats, organza-styled ruffles and chunky gold chains pinning to the waist, or merely added as finishing touches to oversized jackets and elongated dresses, that made all the difference. Standout pieces included a black gown with a cashmere camisole fitted underneath and the dash of print that made an appearance in the form of an oversized knee-length tartan coat. Considering most of Beckham’s previous shows were mainly presented with RTW aesthetics, it was refreshing to see a more refined and clearer runway vibe this season, which may have been down to her decision of keeping part of this new collection hidden away from yesterday’s audience…

Bio: Unsah Malik is a London-based fashion and lifestyle journalist specializing in digital and online content. If she isn’t researching on the latest trends, you can find her tweeting at @unsahmalik.

 

DELPOZO NYFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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Delpozo may only be a couple of seasons in since its New York debut, but the brand’s creative director, Josep Font, presented a collection left us wishing he had entered the scene a whole lot sooner. Drawing inspiration from Italian artist Duilio Barnabe’s geometric work and aspects of futurism from the novel ‘Logan’s Run’, there was plenty to remind you about his neat and proper ways and, of course, his haute couture background. What made this show so exciting, however, was the variation. Starting with cream tartan – coming in wide leg pants and a buttoned down tube dress – it quickly moved to an elongated coat with exaggerated shoulders that left nothing but a pair of boots on show (very couture-Esque), then a geometrically printed floor-sweeping dress with four floral appliques shaped in a diamond at the chest, shortly followed by a softly tailored suit burnt orange and navy suit. And if that wasn’t enough, the overall combination of materials such as satin, sheer, leather and wool, and some dotted prints was very much part of the show – or shall we say experience – too. As for the best look? It’s difficult to pick, but the mini dotted, and half embellished dress (spotted: futuristic inspiration), is definitely a stunner to admire. Where this may have been a potentially irritating mixture of practically everything to preview down the catwalk, it was surprisingly the very opposite…

Bio: Unsah Malik is a London-based fashion and lifestyle journalist specializing in digital and online content. If she isn’t researching on the latest trends, you can find her tweeting at @unsahmalik.

Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic or read all her posts on http://oliviapalermo.com/author/andrea

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