Today’s round up includes Michael Kors, Marchesa, Elizabeth and James, and Proenza Schouler.
MICHAEL KORS NYFW FALL/WINTER 2014
“Hello autumn” is precisely what Michael Kors’ collection said to NYFW. Hues of taupe and grey enveloped most of the pieces in his line. But rather than feel dull and dead, they felt warm, comforting, the perfect Central Park attire. From fur, knee-length coats, to chunky knits. Kors didn’t completely give into the weather, though, bringing us memories of Springs that passed. We’re talking soft white peasant blouses, tucked into denim skirts. In trademark Kors style, the snakeskin print was present as ever, most notably in sheer, chiffon midi dresses. The fringing didn’t end at the handbags; skirts in camel suede were cut to the thigh, strands of fringing swinging beneath the long and lapelled coats.
By: Sarah Kwong
Sarah is a features writer for a women’s weekly magazine and is based in London. Prior to this, she worked for Cosmopolitan UK magazine, and has freelanced for a variety of National magazines and websites, including The Times Magazine, Glamour and Cosmopolitan.co.uk, among others. She also blogs on the Huffington Post.
MARCHESA NYFW FALL/WINTER 2014
This season, Marchesa’s design-duo Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig looked to Scotland for inspiration but this Highland Fling retained all the opulence and glamour the brand is known so well for. Tartan was a subtle focal point for print but kept to textured cross-hatching in a geometric take on lace. Fox fur and swathes of sumptuous silks in burnt orange and mustard added a regal air whilst adding to the wintery but rich palette.
A beautiful draping technique on cocktails dresses and gowns created layers reminiscent of kilts and other Scottish finery, added to by traditional looking ribbon rosettes. Towering heels with multiple straps and rows of plaits in the model’s hair only added to glamorous aesthetic, albeit a little rugged round the edges.
By: Sarah Bunting
Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Wade-Bunting is an editor and brand consultant working with trend forecasting organisations and international retailers, specialising in digital media. Sarah-Leigh launched her popular eponymous blog Sarah-LeighsStyleFiles.com in 2009 and is an advocate of emerging talent, vintage fashion and the arts. You can follow her on Twitter @sarah_leigh_b
PROENZA SCHOULER NYFW FALL/WINTER 2014
When a collection opens up with Missy Elliot’s “Work It,” you know they mean business. But then again, when do the design duo of Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez not hit it out of the park? Proenza Schouler’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection was print on print perfection. The ultimate cool girl ensemble, from the mix and matching black and white based ditsy florals with animal prints envisioned in greens, turquoise and red and pops of cerulean, tactile textures, structured shapes and utterly dynamic layering, Proenza delivered a season of editor and style set must haves. Oversized and effortless, yet somehow perfectly proportioned, they reached the balance between thrown together and try hard. Turtlenecks over rounded sleeve coats (belted of course), boxy-topped short sleeve shifts, and skater skirts paired with bustier cop tops showing just a sliver of skin, the Proenza girl shuns traditional less-is-more sexy dressing (and likely traditions in general), opting for originality and brazen statement pieces. And did I mention those cross-over black and white pointed-toe flats? I’ll take one of everything, please.
–Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter @sarahbertness
ELIZABETH AND JAMES NYFW FALL/WINTER 2014
The Olsens held their A/W 2014 presentation at 137 Perry street in the West Village and while the clothes stayed relative to the Elizabeth and James aesthetic, a richer quality and sophistication that reminded us more of their more moderate counterpart, The Row, seemed to have evolved before us, and we were not upset about it one bit.
The models stood in the store in groups of 2 and 3 in ensembles that were kept clean in a simple palette of charcoal, black and navy with little accessories, allowing for the clothes – like ankle grazing trousers and mid-length leather skirts – to be the primary focus of the evening. In fact, nary a print was found other than a simple red and white schoolboy pinstripe while texture was present thanks to basic fabrication like in the thick-brushed alpaca merino knit turtlenecks. Elongated silhouettes played a key role throughout the collection and it was the most present in the outerwear, which was the clear star of the night. Stunning coats, jackets and parkas with hems that kissed above the knee or dusted the floor were shown in chic boxy silhouettes in wools, draped suiting, shearling and a teddy bear woven. Easily taken apart to be worn as individual pieces or kept together as a look, either way, there’s no doubt in our minds that Elizabeth and James hit the mark for Fall 2014.
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