In the tenth year of her namesake brand, the always-wearable and ever-relatable Tory Burch gives us another collection of staples. She’s also achieved a slice of global domination, what with over a 100 boutiques and an instantly recognizable logo. Luckily, the trademark was nowhere to be found on this runway.
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.
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.
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).
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!