Sunday, 8 September 2013

New York Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2014... Part 1

10 Crosby Derek Lam
This was a down to earth collection for Lam's diffusion line, very wearable, natural clothes in mostly neutral colour palettes with an East African influence trickling throughout.  The collection was influenced by old photographs of the Zanzibar's beaches and this was reflected by not only the patterns of the materials but the fabrics used like hemp linen and raw cotton that appeared bleached by the African Sun.  Our standout piece was most definitely the sweatshirt bolero paired with the white, leather overalls.  

Adam Selman
Adam is better known as Rihanna's right hand man, who has worked with Mel Ottenberg, RiRi's stylist for a while now on creating custom tour looks, he is also her design partner on her recent River Island lines.  We think he will be known in his own right pretty soon though and we salute RiRi for bringing Adams genius to the forefront. His Spring summer collection was effortlessly cool and influenced by Cosmopolitan cover girls and ideas of Pret A Porter supermodels. There was a definite 70's influences evident in the wide leg palazzo pants and turbans worn with beach wear, but he also drifted into the late 90's and early 2000's with silk negligee esque slips ala Kate Moss in the Johnny Depp affair years worn with oversized rucksacks.  We loved this collection!   

Alexander Wang
Well girls and guys we seriously need to keep our summer fitness regimes going thanks to Mr Wang, the midriff is definitely IN next summer.  Again we thought Wang drew inspiration from the 90's but put his own spin on it with this collection, there was clueless inspired mini kilts but this time with large white waist bands, parental advisory jumpers and leather t-shirts's and the repetitive Alexander Wang prints on dresses and gloves which was definitely Wangs take on 90's logo mania trend and his way of taking fashion back to a more fun time.     
The collection was also super feminine at times with cute dresses and crop tops with spaghetti straps and bikini necklines with pleating at the waist.   We loved the fine knit shorts and cardigans worn together in beige and grey and the shirt and shorts that were reminiscent of a British gentlemen's pyjamas but a tad more sexy. Mostly though Wang stayed true to his modern aesthetic and the bags, well, we will definitely be seeing more of them next year. 

This collection was effortless chic personified. Joseph concentrated on his separates and each one was very thoughtfully considered. A fabulous collection for real life woman.  

BCBG Max Azria
The designing couple produced another smash hit collection for spring / summer 2014, in fact we we go as far as to say they knocked it out the ballpark! (sorry... it is NYC).  The couple started by deconstructing and reworking the idea of a classic mens shirt in surprising and unexpected ways including a descending peplum on a long a line short sleeved shirt that was made of a shirt yoke. Then come two or three interpretations of the classic British trench but more romantic and feminine.  The collection was softened by the introduction of long flowing dresses in layers of silk and georgette, with sheer panels that definitely had more of a feel of BCBG but not as seasonal as the collections earlier offerings.

Chadwick Bell
Chadwick's collection was definitely more chic than counter culture and this collection will definitely put this Californian native on the map as an ambassador of subculture cool.  It was modern and didn't try too hard with simple tailoring an a nonchalant aesthetic with some clothes seeming to levitate off the body.  (Bell lined the cuffs and hems with horse hair to achieve this technique.)  An altogether lovely offering for the upcoming season.

Creatures of the Wind
This was a whimsically wonderful collection featuring an amazing collaboration with Tabitha Simmons who designed the accessories. 

More later!!!!!!

Bloomingdales UK

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