When a show opens with Karen Elson in a feathered headdress, prepare to mentally transport yourself to Coachella. Such was the vibe at Anna Sui's Spring 2014 show, where hippie-chic reigned supreme. There were bell sleeves, kimono jackets, and fringed anything (we counted vests, shorts, and a bikini top). The color spectrum was heavy on nude and tea-stained shades as well as sapphire and amethyst, although some glam snuck in: the last three dresses — worn by Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, and Miss Elson again — all featured gold lace, and a sequined pair of shorts snuck into the mix. We're hoping all of the runway accessories (the jewelry was made in partnership with Erickson Beamon) are produced for the headdresses alone. The dramatic piece worn for the finale look had a Game of Thrones vibe to it that'd be too good to pass up at retail.
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It's hard not to fall in love with Marchesa Spring '14. Frothy, delicate, romantic — isn't that what love is supposed to be? Such was the lineup Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig sent down the runway, featuring lace, tulle, and embroidery.
Dresses that seemed to hover over curves (and never hug too tightly), pencil skirts, and yes, even cropped, boxy tops — we were given the most delicate treatments so that each piece seemed to quite literally float down the runway. The only exception, when the collection veered from downright lovely to sexier fare, may have been a slinky gown crafted in beaded fringe. But even when the show turned from bubbly, fairy-tale confections to black lace, romance was still at play in embroidered floral accents. Like most girls, we've fantasied about wearing Marchesa; this season's offerings played right into the fantasy. Click through to see the entire collection.
It's been a big week for Reed Krakoff. On Wednesday, he presented his Spring 2014 collection, and just yesterday, he celebrated the completion of a deal that brings his eponymous brand, which was previously owned by Coach, under his control.
And perhaps that's why this collection felt so breezy and freeing. Most of the looks floated airily down the runway in a monochromatic color palette of cream, blush, gray, white, and black with pops of yellow. Asymmetrical hemlines on many of the dresses helped this collection feel light, and Krakoff was careful not to weigh anything down with a lot of surface decoration. Instead, he let the cut and movement of many of these garments speak for themselves.
The Fashion Week crowd is notorious for having a killer accessory lineup — think 3.1 Phillip Lim, Kenzo, Prada, and lots of Valentino in tow. But beyond the bags, there were also lace-ups heels, statement jewels, and this season's newest must-have accessory, the baseball cap, to contend with. Get a closer look at all the accessory highlights from New York Fashion Week right here.
It was all black and white and neon with pops of bright-bright floral for the Milly Spring 2014 show. There was a sporty feeling throughout everything, from the mesh tops and skirts to the lightweight bomber jackets that were thrown over many a look. Honeycombed see-through pieces were worn over neon yellow, pink, or orange bloomers and bras, and the prints that stalked the runway were technicolor blooms at their best.
Still, the athletic look had its ladylike side. Silhouettes like the high-waisted pencil skirt, swing jacket, and poufed midi skirt were everywhere, and the styling stayed in the same vein (think top-handle bags, gloves, and retro eyeglasses). Click through to see everything.
In its first few years out of the gate, Clover Canyon made quite the splash with bright, too-happy-to-miss prints, and Spring '14 doesn't let us down. The LA-designed line leans to nature by way of watercolor blooms, grassy shoots, and what looked like slightly faded frangipani-type flowers. There's an industrial lean this go-around as well; architectural blue prints were shown not just in navy, but black and white, too, and graphic shapes mimicked the rendering of a city layout and domestic residence.
Floral or functional, it's all lightened up for Spring. The brand is perfected using neoprene for clothes that hold their shape, but this collection dabbles in organza that's as floaty as you like. In the way of financial advisers, we're issuing a big "buy" on it all.
Gilles Mendel's Spring 2014 collection for J.Mendel was unapologetically gamine — but also unapologetically luxurious. Mendel was inspired by Serge Gainsbourg's song "Cargo Culte," the final track on the album The History of Melody Nelson. The designer outfitted the singer's imaginary muse with pieces that were as slouchy and comfortable-looking as they were delicately finished. Who wouldn't want to replace the baseball shirt and track pants reserved for walking the dog on weekends with a lace, jacquard, and silk crepe raglan sleeve t-shirt and pants made from panels of two different laces?
Speaking of lace, this collection was rife with it: strips of lace were paired with strips of fox fur to create gorgeous vests that the show notes admit won't keep their wearers warm, and the final look was a gown made from a black embroidered varietal. These clothes clearly took effort to make, but their look is effortless.
The fashion world went Hollywood this week — by way of Venice and Toronto, that is. Model attendees made their mark on the film festival where glamorous labels like Chopard and Jaeger-LeCoultre feted the film festival alongside Vanity Fair.
Back in London, models made their mark on the Rush red carpet for the '70s-set film's Gucci-filled premiere, while Karlie Kloss, Karolina Kurkova, and Naomi Campbell took a break from Fashion Week with The Novak Djokovic Foundation. Get a look at all the stylish parties attended, here in the gallery.
It's not a Rachel Zoe collection without sequins or a little animal print, but while those elements remained a constant for Spring '14, they weren't the standouts. Not surprisingly, there were heavy '70s references, but the designer covered new ground with a lineup of denim separates and sharper cuts in all white that are pretty major.
There's a touch of the utilitarian via tailored field jackets finished in safari-inspired earth tones — the kind you might expect Zoe to pair with bell-bottoms and her oversize shades. Then, the lineup gives way to pops of blush and mint, and later, crisp all-white looks, even on an easy full-length maxi, a favorite of ours. But the real surprise here might just be the denim, from a jean minidress to a pair of boyfriend denim, Zoe covers our basics. In fact, the whole collection lends itself easily to mixing and matching — a wearable set of leather, luxe suiting, and even a few more feminine lace dresses that we could see any modern woman using to build her wardrobe.
Fashion Week can be glamorous, we'll admit, but then there are the times when it's well . . . not so chic. After taking in the pretty white designs at Philosophy Di Natalie Ratabesi, well-dressed guests (we're talking knee-high gold gladiators on Anna Dello Russo) found themselves in a compromising position — on a 90-degree day with 60 percent humidity, mind you! With editors including Eva Chen and Marie Claire's Kyle Anderson stuck in a broken elevator, we were biting our manicured nails while they awaited their eventual rescue. See the action unfold through Instagrams and tweets!