I always appreciate the relaxed, zen-like environment of The Row’s presentations. Walking into their venue is an instant reprieve from the chaos that abounds at other shows and on the streets. As per usual, Ashley and Mary-Kate mingled with guests while we sipped tea and noshed on croissants. A few minutes before the show, the girls disappeared backstage, and the intrigue mounted…
Or should I say, here comes Soleil? “This season, I gave her a name: Soleil,” said Phillip Lim of his Fall 2014 woman. “A fun and culturally curious woman, her world is somewhere between instant pop and culture.” She’s also a more evolved version of the original Lim girl.
This season Mathieu Mirano had a proper sit-down runway show. I do like presentations because you get up-close looks at his intricate details, which are what he’s good at. But the show was set up with serpentine rows so everyone had great seats. I’m thankful to sit, always, and the relaxed setting allowed for full inundation of just how spectacular minimalism can be.
Brand name aside, Donna Karan is a designer who has always used her native city to inspire and guide her work. It’s intrinsic; it’s the DNA, and with her DKNY Fall 2014 runway show, she paid homage to the most densely populated city in the country with more zeal than ever.
In my backstage interview with Derek Lam, I asked him to describe his Fall 2014 collection in one word. The answer? Energy. Sportswear-infused and as comfortable as it is polished, the high-octane theme made for a most luxurious collection.
It was rather hard to focus at Victoria Beckham’s show this morning. I had the good fortune of being seated directly across from David and the adorable kids. But alas, no amount of Beckham-clan cuteness could successfully distract me from such an incredibly elevated collection. Victoria’s theme: the “embodiment of a modern and sophisticated spirit,” and she delivered it in spades.
It’s not easy being Alexander Wang. Between responsibilities helming both the house of Balenciaga and his own eponymous line, the 30-year-old is currently shouldering more than most take on in a lifetime. No matter to him, it seems. He carries it all with natural grace and insoluble ease (and a big happy smile; every time I see him he’s smiling!).
When you think of Monique Lhuillier, you think of show-stopping gowns, and in that respect, her Fall 2014 collection more than delivered. I love color for autumn, but unlike most designers, Monique typically offers color every season – and more often than that, bridal white. So in a way, the use of mostly grays and blacks this time around is even more intriguing.