New York Fashion Week has come to a close and there is just so much to say. I’ve been on Style.com endlessly for the last week and I was impressed with so much of what I saw. In the interest of keeping this from being the world’s longest ever blog post, I’ve done my best to narrow it down my five favourite looks from four of my favourite collections here, with honourable mention to a few others (ok, more than a few).
Starting off the in the only manner that seems appropriate when it comes to New York fashion, is here with Oscar de le Renta. His collections are always the perfect balance of wearable lady-like separates and glamorous gowns that are something out of a wonderful fantasy. Every girl wants to wear an Oscar. His clothes, and my endless twitter love for the one and only Oscar PR Girl, have this brand on my radar just about every day. This Autumn/Winter 2013 collection is Oscar in all his glory (with touches of Mr. Galliano present too… I mean, how great is that?). The pencil skirts, bright cocktail dresses, gorgeous gowns and touches of fur were just perfection. I adore the two sheer nude gowns with the black patterned overlays (Look 37 & Look 46), the navy satin evening dress, understated Oscar glamour at it’s best (Look 44) and of course the shocking pink embroidered gown that helped close out the show (Look 48). My favourite piece in the entire collection came about half way through the show; the grey hooded cape from Look 19. I need this. I need it more than any other piece of outerwear I can possibly imagine. Seriously. It is perfection. Chic, warm and perfect for the kind of winter New York City has been having this year.
It was the long, full skirts that had me falling in love with Jenny Packham’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection. She had me at Look 1 (second from the left here). The peachy confection with the black waistband had me hooked right fron the start. The pink satin maxi skirt paired with a cream coloured chunky knit sweater (Look 16) is what I want to be wearing every day next fall. Such a fabulous contrast of fabrics. The shimmery green column gown (Look 38) is a lovely figure-hugging evening look and the two v-neck full skirted gowns (Look 20 & Look 35) are so wonderfully elegant.
Jenni Kayne’s collection this season was a favourite for me because it is so wearable. The long sleeved black gown with a deep plunging neckline (Look 15) is forever chic and so flattering. Look 1, the red blazer, animal print blouse and cropped black pants is what ever fashionista wants to wear to the office. These easy and well cut pieces speak for themselves. Look 8, the black leather and fur cocktail dress? Do I need to say more? It’s stunning. Another pair of cropped black pants, paired with a long metallic patterned tuxedo style jacket (Look 7) is something I need to figure out how to incorporate into my wardrobe, it’s perfect for casual cocktails. My favourite look of the bunch is Look 13, the black and neon combination, when done well, never seems to get old. I love the way the black seems to overlay the neon and the simplicity of the top is perfect for such a long, dramatic skirt.
Marc Jacobs closed out New York Fashion Week on Valentine’s day with an incredible show at the Lexington Avenue Armory (read about all of the high-tech details here in Nicole Phelps’ review for Style.com). The clothes Marc sent down the runway this season were paired down and wearable, practical even, by Marc Jacobs standards of course. Fur and hotpants. What more could we ask for? I had so many favourites from this collection it was difficult narrowing it down to five, but in the end these looks (above, from left to right: Look 4, Look 25, Look 42, Look 15 & Look 9). I love a long sleeve/bare leg combo, so I was kind of in heaven.
And, as promised… honourable mentions go to:
Proenza Schouler for their attention to detail… The details of this collection are second to none. a largely black and white collection, with some neutrals in the mix, is unusual for this designer duo. They made up for the lack of colour this season with incredibly beautiful detailing in each and every piece.
There you have it. New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013. Now, off to London!
[All images courtesy of Style.com]