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A roundup of New York Fashion Week’s most interesting offerings

New York Fashion Week means glam, glam, glam! With so many amazing shows and collections, it can be hard to discover them all. Here are some of our favs to get you going.

Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Marc Jacobs is a boss who doesn’t take style cues from anybody, and this showing was no different. A refreshing F-U to the rest of white-on-white-on-white minimalist aesthetic that permeated the season’s ready to wear shows, Jacobs dared to be different in every facet of his presentation: From the Big Gulp cups and cigarettes littering the sandy runway that set the tone for a post-apocalyptic frat party gone awry, to the moody clothing that was displayed on models strutting down it. Dominated by prints, appliques, embroidery, tassels, and sequins, the collection was grungy, gorgeous, and effortlessly cool without constraint of theme or cohesion—all things we’ve come to love from Jacobs. 

T by Alexander Wang

It’s hard to believe that the coveted label has only been around for five years, and that in this short time Wang has managed to make us fall head over heels in love with his draped tees and perfectly slouchy trousers. I never tire of these staples, but I was pleasantly surprised to see such a streamlined collection from Wang. The ’90s silhouette paired with fetishy double zippers particularly rocked my world.

Proenza Schouler

This might just be my very favourite NYFW showing! Design duo Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough looked to furniture for inspiration, and the result was stunning. With all the rich textures and structure, the garments could have easily looked too bulky or heavy, but instead they’re delicate without being too precious. If I could somehow get my hands on one of their dresses I would be thrilled to live in it for at least six months. Not sure if the silk was hit with metallic paint, but the effect was that of a tinsel waterfall cascading down the runway.  I have no doubt that these dresses will get a ton of mileage during red carpet season. Mila Kunis, these would look fab on you, gurl—get on it!

Rachel Zoe

I’ve long been obsessed with her show, her personal style, her lingo (“I literally diiieeeeed”) and her lifestyle (she gets her makeup applied professionally EVERY morning). She’s also got a collection of vintage premium designer clothing in her closet that’s worthy of a museum exhibit. So when she launched her own fashion line several years ago, my interest was piqued; I couldn’t wait to see how somebody with such a great eye and extensive knowledge of fashion would fare in the design world. And I think we’re still waiting. While the collection is very wearable, I’m just not sure who Rachel Zoe: the designer is. She might be trying too hard to distance her brand from the boho style she’s synonymous with, and the result is a little bit confusing.

Jeremy Scott

I imagine that Katy Perry can stop scrambling to find things to wear, because this collection will take her into the better part of next year. It’s pure fun: bouffant wigs, second skin minis, groovy prints, oh my! The models strutted to girl group anthems like “My Boyfriend’s Back” without a care in the world, and that’s exactly what we LOVE about it. This is quintessential Jeremy Scott; there were no pretentious themes, creepy imagery, or scowls parading down the runway. It’s happiness in clothing form, and we’re all for it!

Parsons the New School for Design

In a fun twist, one of the NYFW presentations was a graduate show consisting of 16 designers in the MFA Fashion Design and Society Course. “Future” was the theme, which is quite fitting as I’m sure that most of these young designers will get scooped up by fashion houses real quick! 

Milly

Sometimes it’s nice to put the theory and “isms” aside and just focus on just how pretty something is.  Michelle Smith’s latest collection is exactly that: Celebrating curves and femininity, Milly has a sweet range of flirty, body conscious, and beautifully cut dresses and unexpected, superbly cut jackets. I also loved the edited down printed pieces, which were inspired by her trips to Japan and Hawaii.

Norma Kamali

Activewear has never looked this chic—I want every single f’n piece! Fun fact: Norma Kamali designed the iconic red bathing suit that Farrah Fawcett wore on the Charlie’s Angels poster (it now lives in the Smithsonian).

Calvin Klein Collection

This is a celebrity favourite. Nicole Kidman, Gweneth Paltrow, and Roonie Mara (the face of the fragrance) wear it all the time on red carpets. This is also Francisco Costa’s 10th year heading up the fashion house. I wasn’t sold on it at first, but as the looks unraveled, so did Costa’s reigns and predictable deconstructed, minimalistic aesthetic. OMG—is that fringe? And colour?! Not sure if all the looks were perfectly executed, but it definitely sparked my interest. Perhaps we’ll even see a print next season? Too far, I know.

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