For the past week, celebrities, editors, and die-hard fashion aficionados alike all gathered in New York City to view the upcoming trends for fall 2014 at New York Fashion Week. Featuring a wide variety of designer collections each day, it can be difficult to keep up with all of the hype associated with this crucial industry event – especially in the midst of college life. Don’t have time to scroll through the thousands of pictures? Worry not – here’s your NYFW in review:
Each season, novice designers with little or no runway experience come forward to debut their collections and establish their presence in the industry. This time around, buzz centered on newcomers, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, winners of the coveted $300,000 Fashion Fund Award by the CFDA/Vogue Foundation and designers of Public School. Gaining the vast majority of their success thus far from their menswear line, the duo presented their first foray in women’s wear at fashion week. Emphasizing their menswear roots, male-inspired designs were sent down the runway, including oversized layering pieces and boxier silhouettes. Keeping up with the tomboy look, models strutted in shiny sneakers as opposed to classic heels. With Anna Wintour sitting front row, there is no doubt that Public School will continue to be one of the most buzzed about shows at NYFW.
Other notable newcomers included Delpozo, Brandon Sun, and Juan Carlos Obando – all relatively new designers with strong showings. With just one season under his belt, Delpozo presented a fantastic collection featuring quirky designs with geometric inspiration. Showing great promise with innovative outerwear, Brandon Sun held his own at his first-ever show for NYFW. Additionally the 2013 runner-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Juan Carlos Obando, stunned with jewel-toned satins and deep plunging necklines. While fashion is an incredibly hard industry to break into, these designers prove that it’s possible.
Opposite of the newcomers there are the veterans; the designers that have a well-established brand and some who are even legends in the industry. These are the designers who always deliver and who have been considered as “staples” of NYFW for years.
Representing designers who typically rule the red carpet at major celebrity events, Ralph Lauren, Oscar del la Renta, Zac Posen, Donna Karan and Monique Lhullier sent down a new batch of Oscar-worthy dresses. Ralph Lauren wowed with a collection filled with embellishments, luxurious furs and a subdued palette.
Voluminous dresses fit for princesses were seen at Monique Lhullier, Oscar de la Renta, and Zac Posen.
Donna Karan celebrated her 30th anniversary by presenting a collection that featured her iconic signatures: draping and silk chiffon gowns.
Other well-known designers such as Alexander Wang and Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Prozena Schouler, are known widely for their cult followings among young Hollywood celebrities and fashionistas thanks to their effortlessly cool designs that always garner buzz.
This season, Alexander Wang sent down strong outerwear pieces with an urban edge while Hernandez and McCollough of Prozena Schouler showed a collection featuring structured shapes, multi-layered prints, and jacquard.
Every season, there are some collections that generate buzz because they are just out of this world. Whether their presentation is bizarre or their pieces are “eccentric,” these are often the collections that garner confusion. Questions like, “who would wear that?” or “what is that?” may come to mind during these shows and such inquiries often make or break the collection.
A master of theatrics, Thom Browne put on an eerie ecclesiastical-inspired show by adding pews, crosses, and burning incense to an open loft space. Models with extremely exaggerated bobs and dipped black fingertips strutted down the runway in exaggerated silhouettes that included voluminous sleeves, skirts and dresses with greatly accentuated hips.
Also on the more eccentric side of fashion week was the Marc-by-Marc Jacobs collection, which was the first designed by the new co-designers Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley. The collection featured racing suit inspired garments, thick belted looks, and exaggerated bow-tied tops. Bartley and Hillier are seemingly continuing Jacob’s eclectic aesthetic, but the success of this collection was difficult to determine.
Another buzzed about show was Rodarte, which featured dresses printed with images of Star Wars characters such as Luke Skywalker, Yoda, and the Death Star. The Mulleavy sisters’ combination of two seemingly opposite spectrums of culture turned quite a few heads and sparked quite the discussion.