New York Fashion Week has been on the run for about six days (with a good four to go — a “week”, sure!) and though the weather has been less than ideal, a few collections have made all the running around worthwhile. Among them, a CFDA Incubator designer duo, a recently relaunched Spanish brand, an ex-J.Crew designer and Peter Som.
The need for an extra warm coat has made the desire for gorgeous layering pieces all the stronger. At DELPOZO, gorgeous metal-trimmed boots might not have hacked it in the snow, but whoever is wearing these dresses and skirts probably has a driver on call. There’s another thing to add to the wish list.
Marissa Webb caught the eye of the inner schoolgirl in our hearts with perfectly messy topknots, undone waves, leather-layered sleeves and just the right amount of fur-trimmed-sweatshirt. Topnotch, to be sure.
Peter Som showed something that made us dream a little bit harder, long a little bit more for Brigitte Bardot hair. Is everything we need in life balancing on the point of one extra long bobby pin?
Veronica Beard showed such perfectly put-together looks, you’d think it hard to always be so buttoned — but that’s the thrill with VB, the whole point is making it as easy as can be, to let you get on with it. Blazers with buttons holding on to built in dickies and more are the key here. We love how the sisters-in-law Beard make it so easy to look so good.
Veronica Beard photos courtesy of Mark Squires, Marissa Webb photos courtesy of Getty Images, Peter Som and Delpozo images via fashiongps.com.
The spring 2014 shows are here, and a few varied trends are beginning to emerge.
The collection at Cushnie et Ochs was primarily white and black, though grey and purple also held their own. Jason Wu’s collection graduated similarly, from metallic to white, to a pale and deepening blue, to taupe-y tan then black. Helmut Lang was another vision in white, black, and shocks of pink. As with the spring that passed, across the board it seems that spring 2014 will be full of options in back and white.
In stark contrast to the minimalistic colors, some designers showed brights, pastels and plenty of prints. Newcomer Chris Gelinas who hails from such houses as Theyskens’ Theory and Balenciaga, added alpaca fur to an orange viscose pea coat, contrasting natural with synthetic over silk georgette prints inspired by sun bleaching.
Suno, with its boxy silhouette, stayed true to character, offering florals in purple and pink, digitized plaids, and even a zebra – not zebra print, but images of the animal itself – in color.
photo via Peter Som
Among all the fashion, some good news for the core fusion studios of the world: crop tops don’t seem to be going anywhere. Richard Chai, Suno, Peter Som, BCBG, and Rag & Bone all showed off the midriff.
At Rag & Bone, crop tops were paired with tearaway pants in what else but black and white. If we couldn’t get enough of tearaways in fifth grade, does that mean we’re too old to wear them now? Here’s hoping the answer is no. Rag & Bone continued with the sporty themes, showing tennis sweaters, referee-referential stripes, polo shirts, and drawstring pants.
The easiest, most interesting DIY nail of fashion week so far came courtesy of editorial manicurist Jin Soon Choi, whose Obsidian polish was simply swiped on sans base or top coat, then artily wiped away with a makeup sponge. There’s no waiting for your nails to dry before texting with this mani – the imperfections are what made it so perfect to contrast against the preppy models at Tess Giberson, and also what makes it so perfect for the girl on the go.
photo via JINsoonTess
There’s more to come, so stay tuned!
Main photo courtesy of Arden Wray
● After almost two months out of the spotlight, Sarah Palin has regrouped and is taking shots at Tina Fey and Katie Couric. [CNN] ● Alex Rodriguez must have a thing for cougars. He was reportedly putting the moves on fashion maven Donna Karan over New Year’s. [Stylelist] ● Irish rock legends U2 prove that you’re never too established to be influenced by others. Their new album, No Line on the Horizon, is inspired by Led Zeppelin and Jack White. [NME]
● TMZ interrogated Vera Wang outside a New York brownstone about whether or not she’ll be designing Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown. Survey says “no,” but she’s in the running for another high-profile poltica. [TMZ] ● Peter Som is the latest causality of Fashion Week. He won’t be showing his latest collection at the tents or anywhere else. [Fashionologie] ● Lisa Rinna — that soap-opera vixen from Melrose Place — regrets getting too much plastic surgery, saying she “overdid it.” [OMGYahoo]
Last week, Peter Som was all set to leave fashion institution Bill Blass after receiving word that there would be no spring 2009 runway show come September. However, this week, Som is said to be sticking it out, working to finish the spring 2009 collection. Why the change of heart? The awesome power of fashion high priestess Anna Wintour, of course. The New York Post reports that Wintour, who played a large part in Som getting hired at Bill Blass in the first place, talked Som into staying late last week. This is a tough time at Bill Blass, and they need Som’s designer-name power behind them. Their backer, Nexcam, has put the company on the auction block due to looming debt. A NYP source says it’s up to the new owner to “‘cut their own deal with [Som] and romance him’.”