model walks the runway in a look from the Tommy
Hilfiger collection, Feb. 10, 2014, at
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.
YORK — With nearly a foot of snow on the ground in the
Big Apple, next fall and winter were probably the last
things many New Yorkers wanted to think about.
those seasons were in the spotlight as designers from
across the globe gathered last week to preview their
collections for fall/winter 2014 at venues throughout
the city during New York Fashion Week.
eight days of runway shows and presentations attracted
industry elite and media as well as celebrity-studded
crowds that included fashion followers Dakota Fanning,
Nigel Barker, J. Alexander, blogger Bryanboy, Giuliana
Rancic and Joan Rivers along with some surprising fans
including Colin Farrell, Jon Bon Jovi, Tracy Morgan,
Michael Douglas, Joe Jonas and cast members from
"Orange Is the New Black." Then there were the
unwelcome guests, such as a male streaker who darted
onto the runway during the Prabal Gurung show wearing a
plastic gold crown, thong, trench coat and red-and-white
striped socks with black loafers.
wasn’t all that was on the agenda; a couple of top
designers marked milestones. Diane von Furstenberg
celebrated 40 years of her signature wrap dress with a
confetti-filled fashion foray at Spring Studios in the
West Village (that, of course, featured plenty of fresh
looks for the dress of the hour). And Donna Karan
commemorated three decades of giving women the building
blocks of sophisticated style through her designs.
the tents at Lincoln Center still served as the hub of
activity for most events under the Mercedes-Benz Fashion
Week umbrella, its importance felt watered down this
season as several big-name designers (Michael Kors, Vera
Wang, Jenny Packham and Tracy Reese, to name a few)
opted to show their collections elsewhere. As a result,
pockets of activity popped up across Manhattan — and
beyond. Alexander Wang held his runway show in Brooklyn,
a trek that required guests to sit in traffic for an
hour or take a water taxi across the East River to reach
a venue that many claimed didn’t live up to the hype.
many of the week’s fashions didn’t disappoint. Here’s
a sampling of some of the trends to look forward to
later in the year:
and textured: Cozy luxe clothes will make keeping warm
and on trend effortless next fall and winter. Sweater
dresses, turtle necks and oversized cowl neck sweaters
were some interpretations of casual chic. Sweaters with
cable knit, popcorn and other textures added visual
interest to this cold-weather wardrobe staple.
neutrals dominate with pops of pastels: Designers
largely pulled from a palette of camels, creams and
beiges as well as darker shades of navy, maroon, gray
and black. Autumnal colors such as pumpkin and forest
green that have been prominent in fall and winter
fashion in the past were not as noticeable. Winter
pastels (lavender, blush, mauve, icy blue and winter
white) nicely contrasted with the more severe colors.
Iterations of red also cropped up in some collections.
on parade: A few collections channeled the spirit of the
American outdoorsman (or woman) with takes on tartan
prints for outerwear, apparel and even blanket-style
dresses. Overall, designers toned down the whimsy of
patterns and returned to timeless ones, including plaid,
stripes, houndstooth and soft florals.
and capes: Capes of all lengths, colors and patterns
completed looks as alternatives to coats. Some designers
fully enveloped the bodice in ponchos made of luxurious
fabrics like cashmere.
with fur: Furs, real and faux, appeared in moderation.
While there was the occasional full fur look, mostly it
trimmed the sleeves or hem of a coat or cape or topped
an outfit as a Russian-style hat or glamorous cowl neck
collar. Colors varied from the more natural chocolates,
creams and grays to more creative colorings, including
rich royal blues and burgundies, that coordinated with
the clothes paired with the furs.
that glitters: Sparkle has ebbed and flowed over the
years, with a dose of glitz in beading and
embellishments outshining all-over glint in recent
seasons. But now it appears fashion is headed toward a
head-to-toe glitter revival. Pants drenched in solid
sequins, a silver sequin skirt with matching blazer and
a dress of entirely purple and navy sequins that looked
like scales were some of the sparkling styles spotted on
meets tomboy: Some women’s wear for fall/winter 2014
will come with a tough-girl attitude. Boxier relaxed
fits, sporty silhouettes, utilitarian accessories, high
tops and masculine styling (minimal makeup, neutral nail
polishes, slicked-back hair, etc.) brought the
masculine-feminine yin and yang to life.
with a scarf or belt: Designers gave shape to coats and
dresses by belting them, either tightly for a
put-together look or letting a belt hang loose for an
incidentally fashionable feel. Amping up the comfy chic
aesthetic that permeated many collections were scarves
of all sorts, from thick oversized kinds that draped the
body to short pull-through ones.
sheers: Sheer paneling on formal wear continues to add
sensuality to gowns without showing too much skin.
Sleeves, deep-V necks, the midsection and across the
back were some of the places designers played peek-a-boo
the drama: Designers experimented with volume for
evening wear and red carpet-worthy gowns, resulting in
jaw-dropping dresses with full-skirted bottoms that made
models appear to be gliding on air.
top colors for women for fall 2014: