New York is without a doubt one of the most stylish cities in the world and the epicentre of American fashion houses and many magazines. I wish I could have been there to experience some of the amazing shows (and to fit in some extra-cirricular shopping for research purposes…of course…), however, money and work commitments meant that I had to find out about the latest emerging trends later than the fabulous bloggers, magazine editors, models and designers who were present in the Big Apple. Here are a few of my favourite shows:
With handsome hubby David Beckham and Anna Wintour lending their support to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham during her eponymous labels AW13 season show, she could not go wrong. Her usually strictly tailored look is more relaxed this season with boxy silhouettes but its still as chic as ever. Cobalt blue (my new favourite colour), canary yellows and greys make regular appearances alongside tweed and plaid. Bomber jackets are again in vogue so keep yours from this season while boxy bags which can hold everything up to the kitchen sink will be gracing your hip in Autumn. I love the homage to the classic men’s tuxedo in this show, but I have to say my favourite piece is the first jacket which opened the show, I will definitely be shopping around for a one similar!
Victoria, Victoria Beckham
Victoria’s second offering for NYFW was from her line Victoria, Victoria Beckham. The line, first launched in 2011, offered sharp, tailored lines this season, rejecting the usual blast of overt femininity which it has previously offered. Pleat skirts, stone wash jeans, cosy beanies (no more cold ears) and a cinched waist were the three main attributes of this show. Hair was messy and looked barely styled (a look I enjoyed) and skin was soft and dewy. My favourite piece by far was the amazing monochrome shirt featuring a woman and her flowing hair! Don’t be fooled into thinking Mrs Beckham is teaching you a lesson in layering, many of the pieces are actually all one, adding to the practicality of the collection – genius. It’s a collection which offers effortless dressing and one which I predict will regularly be seen on its creator.
J.Crew offered up preppy embellished staples which had a unique Moroccan vibe. Their show featured an eclectic mix of textures, fabrics and geometric prints styled in the perfect layering J.Crew is renowned for. Cobalt blue featured again as well as cropped trousers and jacquard co-ord suits. Clutches were again large and intricate necklaces were worn with every collar. With J.Crew opening their first London store this year, they will definitely be acquiring new fans with this collection, myself included.
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Big teased hair, glossy and kissable lips and leaf printed all in ones made appearances at the Marc by Marc Jacobs New York show. Jackets were again boxy, a la Victoria Beckham, cobalt blue made regular appearances again (see a trend emerging?) and skirts were either very short or pencil length. Bags and geometric prints were vintage inspired, fitting in perfectly with the warm colour palette of the show. Marc’s show was available to watch through a live stream on his website, adding extra publicity and making the show available to the masses, Topshop Unique will follow in his footsteps this upcoming week as their AW13 show will be streamed on Google +. We’re all invited.
Donna Karen’s DKNY line presented sports wear bomber jackets, beanies and leopard print high tops (want) with grunge aspects. Donna promised to present a show which offered traditional staples mixed with colour and she certainly delivered. Reds and fuchsia pink suits were juxtaposed with voluminous camel and grey marl coats and leopard print overcoats made a generous appearance. Hair was poker straight and faces were fresh, keeping the attention on the eclectic mix of clothes available. This show offered something for everyone.
I’ve always informed my parents that my perfect wedding dress will be designed by the glamorous powerhouse, Marchesa and this collection has cemented that. Staring at the label’s fairytale gowns leave me dreaming of lavish occasions, filled with fine wines and held in chandelier ordained rooms. Corsets and gold leaf embroidery added to the romance of the whole affair, while deep satin reds and more fuchsia pink (trend) provided colour. Skirts were exaggerated with ruffles and either full length or to the knee, making the mid-length current trend transitional. Now to find a husband…
Monochrome, monochrome, monochrome. Ombre, tweed and clean lines prompted many to praise Proenza Schouler’s AW13 show as the best of NYFW. Although the show was mainly kept within a monochrome colour palette it sometimes wandered into soft yellows and greys for an added sense of depth and layering. Texture was the main focus throughout, with the highlight for me being the wonderful feather skirt.
Futuristic silvers, sunglasses and shapes, monochrome accessories and voluminous coats with curved shoulders were the highlight of the Michael Kors show. Camo co-ord suits, fur lined parka jackets and cinched in waists also made important appearances and the colour pallette was yet again kept to cobalt blue, yellows and bright oranges, framed by dramatic black. All hail Michael Kors!
Elongated silhouettes, neutral colours and transparent shirts graced The Row’s presentation of the brand’s AW13 collection. Their heavy knits were an instant success and made quick appearances on fashionista’s Twitter pages, expect them to sell out. The Olsen twins presented clothes which were light enough for the summer but worn with heavy layering to make them winter worthy. My only reservation is the sandals which made questionable appearances (cold toes)! Calfskin and exotic skins bags finished ensembles, expect a high price tag. All in all, the Olsen’s presented a simple but graceful show which displays their growing commitment to forging themselves serious careers in fashion.
LFW starts on Friday and I’m more than excited to see what the UK’s capital is going to throw up! I personally can’t wait for Henry Holland’s show which promises to include pieces inspired by ‘raving nanna’s’ – who could ask for a more brilliant brief?!