New York is a breeding ground for the most fashion-forward and experimental design in the world and that alone makes it for me the most exciting place, both as as a city and fashion-wise.
Despite Alexander Wang’s collection this season being a major disappointment (those Frankenstein platforms? No, thanks), there were a few surprises. Scroll down to see which are my absolute favorite collections.
8. Opening Ceremony. I measure the ‘goodness’ of a collection mostly based on how many looks I would absolutely wear from it and OC’s creations were all things I’d wear in a hearbeat, both separately and together.
I am not going to lie, but rather than a conservative dresser, I lean more towards the modern, the futuristic and fashion-forward, which is why I loved this collection to bits.
7. Dion Lee. Better known as the ‘engineer’ of fashion, Dion Lee’s forte is constructing and deconstructing garments. However, this collection was more straightforward and less experimental than usual, which doesn’t mean it isn’t stunning, because it is.
6. Porsche Design. This all-black-errthang collection achieved everything Alexander Wang’s goth inspired collection didn’t. A strong, confident, and empowered woman comes to mind when you inspect the silhouettes with their cinched waists contrasting voluminous shapes. It’s also unavoidable to think the designer was inspired by the Matrix or futurism in general, especially because of the sunglasses.
5. Sally LaPointe. Already a favorite of mine since her Pre-Fall collection, LaPointe’s minimal luxe aesthetics epitomizes everything I aim for style-wise. From her monochromatic ensembles to the dynamic and moving clean lines and silhouettes combined with luxurious fabrics, everything is tastefully and elegantly put together.
4. Vera Wang. It’s safe to say that black is the color of next season and Vera Wang’s collection is another example of how it’s done right. It’s funny that a designer known for bridal gowns can make such a diametrically different collection full of tomboyish vibes and cool urban attitude. Hip, slouchy, yet perfectly tailored silhouettes meet and balances out girly elements to keep the ensembles tough and edgy.
3. Tibi. Even though it’s not one of my favorite collections of the label and in my opinion, Amy Smilovic played it safe, it still has plenty of eye-candy in the making. Minimalistic garments such as culottes (yes, please! Never enough culottes) combined with soft, to-die-for knitwear are the definition of coziness, casual, and wearability in my book, yet it all manages to stay elegant.
2. Proenza Schouler. Since I saw Lazaro Hernández and Jack McCollough’s work for Proenza Schouler in the Fall Winter 2013 collection I have become an avid fan of the label. Experimental state-of the-art and innovative use of materials and textures will always be present in their collections, this one being no exception. What I love the most about them is that they never fail to deliver uniquely executed silhouttes, this time through felty textures. It was all simply hypnotic and stunning, so much, I have to see it all over again to be able to fully digest it and capture al the details.
1. The Row. It won’t come off as a surprise to most of you that Mary-Kate and Ashley’s creations are an absolute favorite (isn’t it everyone’s?). Glorious, timeless, architectural, monumental, magnificent, heavenly, and colossal are all adjectives that can describe the minimalist luxe collection, yet it is all 100% wearable. Perfectly tailored pieces in soft, luxurious fabrics, amongst them kimono jackets and wide legged trousers, define a power woman with subtly seductive elegance.
All pictures via Style.com