Report – New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014

New York’s designers were at their best for Fall/Winter 2014 presentations in New York.  A slew of returning favorite and new trends included oversized looks – as seen at Rachel Comey, Lisa Perry, Milly, and The Row, lace – as seen at Rachel Roy, Tadashi Shoji, Erin Fetherston, and Alexandre Herchcovitch, and perhaps most notably, polar vortex-inspired warm and cozy winter wear.  It seems the painfully cold weather that hit the eastern seaboard this year had a big impact on the season’s Fall/Winter designs.  Heavy fabrics took the form of capes at Prabal Gurung, shawl-like dresses at The Row, and chunky knit long sweaters and scarves at Michael Kors. Tory Burch may just have created the chicest way to stay warm for Fall/Winter 2014 with knee socks and furry embroidered muffs.  At Ralph Lauren, capes, shag coats, and thigh high boots encapsulated the designer’s take on looking good while staying warm.

Color palettes took on a rich and regal feel with gold taking centre stage not only at the Sochi Winter Games but also on the runways of Badgley Mischka, Diane von Furstenburg, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, and Thom Brown.  Red was another designer favorite – seen at Alice + Olivia, Anna Sui, Jenny Packham, Prabal Gurung, and Tory Burch.
Details were also a major player this fashion week with a number of statement-making accessories like the gold loafers at Karen Walker, ugly chic shoes at Proenza Schouler, patterned nylons at Jill Stuart and Alice + Olivia, and perhaps the most stylish pairs of rain boots ever at Alexander Wang.
While some shows opted for slender models who appeared to be on the healthier side, repeat offenders Marc Jacobs  and Prabal Gurung maintained their custom of selecting unrealistically skinny and dangerously unhealthy looking women.  While I’m not one to deeply criticize the coat hanger phenomenon which characterizes high fashion runways, Jacobs and Gurung were two extreme cases where models appeared at-risk and ill, creating a distraction from the clothing and making it almost painful to watch.

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