by Ashley Pagliaro
|New York Fashion Week is in full swing.|
After this winter we’re still experiencing, it’s hard to imagine wearing anything other than our warmest down coat. But the arrival of New York Fashion Week, and the Fall 2014 collections have us considering other options like oversized wool coats, waffle-knit sweaters, and pleated trousers.
We’re just a few days into NYFW and there is already plenty to report. Here’s the lowdown on the shows you should be talking about from the weekend.
Prabal Gurung pulled inspiration for his Fall 2014 collection from a recent trip to his home in Nepal. He got to thinking about the remote kingdom of Mustang, a Himalayan territory wedged between Nepal and Tibet. It was off limits to outsiders until ’91, and as Gurung says, “It’s one of the last remaining Shangri-las.” This inspiration is evident in pashmina wraps worn high around the neck, and ankle-strap heels with tiny bells. Gurung surprised fashion onlookers with an emphasis on sportswear, which he cleverly blended with wispy chiffon skirts.
|Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2014 RTW collection featured chunky waffle-knits and cable sweaters.––credit|
This fashion season marks Tome‘s first runway appearance. Though they’ve shown off their designs in impressive presentations, this time, they showed that they’re no amateurs, with high-end production and top-tier models. Even more notable, and more important, were the clothes. With their muse, artist Shirin Neshat, sitting front-row, they paid tribute to the juxtaposition of women. Simultaneously strong and soft, they paired oversized blanket coats with pink silk-satin pieces.
|Tome’s Fall 2014 Collection featuring a strong feminine aesthetic.–credit|
The name Kaelen Haworth may sound familiar –– she’s a new CFDA incubator inductee and we featured her as one of our 5 NYC Female Designers to Watch in 2014. This season, Haworth added a touch of girly to her standard dark and tailored aesthetic. Case in point: a red mohair skirt-suit. She also cleverly gave an edge to feminine ruffles by zipping them off to the sides, to reveal a whole lot of leg. We’re excited to see what Haworth will do after some time in the same incubator that hosted designers such as Daniel Vosovic and Timo Weiland.
Haworth infuses a touch of girly into her typical tailored aesthetic through the use of feminine colors.—credit
|Time will tell what Haworth will do with her designs in the future.—credit|
Jenni Kayne looked to 1930s English country manor dressing as inspiration for her Fall 2014 collection. In other words: Downton Abbey is really having a moment. Luckily for us modern women, Kayne stuck to her minimalist silhouette with tapered trousers and a crisp collarless coat. The standouts of the collection were the prints, one being a blown-up orange blossom and another dusty rose, that Kayne nicknamed “Rosewood.” It’s hard to imagine dressing for any occasion on an English manor in the 1930s, but somehow Jenni Kayne managed to make it seem all the more realistic and all the more appealing.
|Jenni Kayne’s minimalist silhouette and 1930s inspired print. —credit|
We’ll be back later this week with another update on the shows. We can’t wait to see what else the week has in store. More to come from NYFW Fall 2014!