|NYFW’s old tent in Bryant Park –credit|
Fall Fashion Week, which displays the coming Spring’s ready-to-wear collections, (I can admit, it initially took me a bit to understand that) represents an annual time of change and ideally, evolution. Well established designers release collections they hope represent innovative, trend-setting concepts. New and emerging designers debut collections, working to solidify a space in the fashion world where their brand can comfortably grow. But the designers and their collections aren’t alone in their evolution.
Fashion Week as a whole has undergone a number of changes through the years, perhaps the biggest being its location. After almost 17 years of living in (and apparently facing disagreements with) Bryant Park, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) ultimately decided to shop for a new location, finding its way to Lincoln Center. Designers, buyers, and editors initially cringed with nostalgia at this change, but ultimately decided that NYFW finally had a home that was as glamorous as the designs on the runway.
Fast forward three years later and it’s as if this iconic New York event were never held elsewhere. Now that we’ve provided a proper history lesson and set the stage, it’s time to focus on the future, and more importantly –– the fashion. New York has a solid base of well known designers: Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Nicole Miller. And since we know these designers have it down to a science at this point, why not take the time to feature some newbies who are showing definite signs that they will be around for much more than one season.
One line particularly deserving of its more recent spotlight is, Tome, from Australian born designers Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo. Named for the new chapter in both of their lives, Tome boasts opulent fabrics (a personal weakness of mine) and clean lines. Their Spring 2014 collection debuted Friday night in an informal presentation. This time around, the designers showed their more playful side, mixing feminine corals and pinks with prints, and even adding in a touch of snakeskin.
|Tome’s models preparing to show off spring fashion –credit|
Another designer proving she has what it takes is Jordana Warmflash, of fairly new label, Novis. Novis shows promise for many reasons, but mainly because the original motive behind the brand was to solve a very ordinary problem: Warmflash couldn’t find the right outfit for a wedding she was attending. Too sexy, too conservative, poor quality –– there was nothing that was just right. But that’s what the Novis collection is. The Spring 2014 collection takes its inspiration from mid-century modern design, specifically geometric patterns and successfully executes playful sophistication.
|Fashion by Novis –credit|
|Colorful designs by Jordana Warmflash of Novis –credit|
Charles Harbison of Harbison left the fashion public wanting more after last season, perfectly predicting trends while adding his own details. Elevating the designs for Spring 2014, Harbison offered sleeker, cleaner and more modern looks, reminiscent of Alexander Wang. Harbison seems to still have a few boundaries to push, but that’s what the future is for.
|Some of Harbison’s edginess —credit|