Covering up for fall and winter tends to annoy the fashion crowd. Who wants to conceal a great outfit? The secret is to make your coat the main event, and with outerwear printed and paneled like this, you should have no trouble doing just that. Each coat strikes the balance between sophistication and daily wearability. Which one will you be cozying up in this season?
Julie Bowen really wowed with this sweeping Zac Pozen. The over-the-top look is not what we expect from her which makes it that much more exciting. Plus she looked like she was having fun with it which always makes it look more grand.
Bomber jackets are huge this fall and celebrities have been all over it. From leather to graphic, there is one to fit any taste. The varsity-feel, retro-jacket is a great option for outerwear when you want to look casual but chic. Emma Roberts sported an edgy varsity-style jacket by Lovers + Friends and looked too cool for school.
Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2014 show kicked off with a sporty mood and a stark palette. Flirty skirt suits and adorable peplum dresses came only in perfectly coordinated combinations of bright white and black-as-can-be black. It made for a fresh, fun take on boy-meets-girl uniform, from the super-crisp collars with dagger-sharp points to the buttery leathers and slick patents, the scaled-down ties to the mod-inspired caps.
Leave it to Rachel Zoe to make sequined sweatpants look sophisticated. Her casual California cool never comes without an air of elegance. We saw the usual suspects (jumpsuits and maxi dresses) as well as some welcome newcomers (long denim skirts and polished laser cut jackets).
Nobody does glamorous all-American ease like Michael Kors. Not that looking as good as the glowy models who poured down his Spring 2014 runway (for a hefty 56 looks in total) is easy, but Kors sure makes it look impossibly effortless. And isn’t that what glamour is all about? This year, he had me at the first burst of light and airy fur. Yes, fur.
For Spring 2014, Vera Wang tackled active wear, and considering she’s Vera Wang, wedding dress designer extraordinaire, it’s less active and more silk gauze. The show started off with a lot of black, and even though it was sheer and soft, the opening numbers felt too somber. Fortunately the tide quickly turned back to the light, airy romanticism we associate with Vera.
You can always count on eveningwear-maven Jenny Packham to go for romance over modernism, yesterday over tomorrow, and her Spring 2014 collection was barely a departure from her gorgeously feminine norm. But while staying true to her distinct aesthetic, she did manage to mix it up!
I love it when a show feels less like looking and more like shopping. I may be imaginary shopping while it’s still coming forth down the runway, but when I catch myself making countless mental notes for next season’s wardrobe, I know I’m witnessing something special.