Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New York Fashion Week

Marc Jacobs

From bold and bizzar to slim and sheek, Marc Jacobs presented us with two live fashion shows from New York city for A/W 2014. Familiar fashion faces were spotted at both of the shows including Anna Wintour and Alexa Chung happily taking a satisfying front row seat. Alice in Wonderland's theme song (Disney Tim Burton version) played in the background throughout the show as the models marched out to present the bulky and military inspired pieces. Some might say... okay a lot might say that this collection is a little too "wacky" and unrealistic to wear for an everyday outfit, to which I agree. Although, lets not beat around the bush, you could easily take inspiration from the shapes or colours used in the collection. For example, it's clear that simple dark colours are a must have for A/W, along with layering styles like polar necks over thick jumpers and oversized coats.

Taking a look at the other Marc Jacobs show it completely contrasted with the previous as it focused on using pastel and neutral colours along with choosing lighter fabrics such as sheer and organza. The high hanging clouds on the fashion catwalk gave an interesting colour scheme and atmosphere to the show along with the repeated words of "Happy days are here again". It could be argued that Marc Jacobs was trying to brainwash or hypnotise us as the show by constantly repeating this. It ended up making me go into a trace, but sadly a trance of boredom as it made me loose focus. Maybe a bad move from Mr Jacobs there. 
Leaving all that behind the pieces of this collection were extremely delicate and fememinie shown though the low swoop and v necks along with the light fabric at the bottom of the dress to enhance curves. If I was to chose which collection I liked better I think it would be a clear win for the second show (if you hadn't guessed already).

Victoria Beckham

One of the first shows of New York Fashion Week was from Victoria Beckham. Known for her signature sophisticated style, Posh Spice didn't disappoint, keeping with her simple designs for her A/W 2014 collection. To bring some family support to the catwalk, her husband David Beckham, 3 sons and daughter took a front row seat at the show whilst also making time to take a family selfie, is this not the coolest family ever? Her collection focused on sheer fabrics, experimental necklines and sharp colours. Even though she tends to keep things simple her outfits involved some frills and fur to give a little texture to her pieces, yet she tended to keep them the same colours as the fabric so they didn't drown the outfit. Victoria Beckham seems to know the key to perfecting a fashion show (even though she's quite the newcomer in the industry) and that is simplicity. Ill tell you what I want, what I really really want Victoria Beckham's A/W collection.

Hugo Boss

As Jason Wu walked out at the end of the show to soak up the applause, it was clear that he'd made Hugo Boss proud, as his designs for this collection had worked a treat. Keeping with traditional fashion colours such as whites, blacks and camel, Jason Wu pulled A/W 2014 off to perfection giving something the audience to woo or Wu about (sorry but that pun had to be done). Members of the audience he'd successfully wooed came from Anna Wintour along with Benedict Cumberpatch or as many know him Sherlock Holmes. The prints from Hugo Boss where quite lined and graphic giving a unique and interesting focal point to some pieces. The collection stayed light and fitted by using soft fabrics and styles like the pencil and midi skirt. After seeing this collection it's a must that I have a pencil skirt like the one below in my wardrobe, although there is one thing I won't be taking from this collection and that is the hat hair, I mean come on Hugo Boss? Us girls love our lucious locks and even you, no matter how extravagent your collection is, won't be taking that away from us.

Ralph Lauren

You might associate grey with being a miserable colour? I think it's time for that opinion to change. We've already seen greys being a favourite colour for an oversized boyfriend coat all through A/W 2013 but now it's taking it's time on other pieces in our wardrobe. From tailored trousers to an elegant ball gown, Ralph Lauren favoured the grey tones along with the company of lilac to add a little pastel and brightness to his collection (after all we don't want to be too grey). From the textural aspect Ralph Lauren liked to focus on the detail with sheer gowns beaded and hand stitched from top to bottom giving that grey an extra lift. Most of his collection was also experimental with necklines from polar necks, V necks and straight necks, like many of the 2014 designers did this season. Never had I imagined that Ralph Lauren's collection could be so delicate from the sporty polo playing logo he presents for his brand. Oh how wrong I was, lesson learnt!

Tory Burch

A name I had not yet heard of from the fashion industry was Tory Burch, but after seeing her A/W collection at New York Fashion Week she'll be definitely a name I'll be remembering (thanks to a follow on Instargram) as her collection totally amazed me. These designs were inspired by her parents military collection of uniforms that she grew up with seeing as a young child to her late teens. She could have gone either way with this brief- either manly and oversized or feminine and traditional yet she managed to do both! Taking into terms the oversized and traditional styles of fashion that seems to be right on trend this season, she moulded her collection to fit into this as well as adding new designs like extravagant playsuits and bomber jackets. The different prints gave an Egyptian vibe from the colours and shapes giving a rich and elegant look to the piece, especially through the ruby and navy. 
Overall New York Fashion Week has been a blast! Full of fresh new talent and traditional designers we always love to see. It's London's Milan's and Paris' turn next and we sure are ready for them!

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