Like the creed of the USPS, neither snow, nor rain, nor sleet, nor hail could keep me from going to Ralph Lauren in the middle of the snowstorm. As a girl from LA, I was very proud of myself, especially since I took the subway and walked six blocks in treacherous weather conditions.
The lovely prints that have surfaced for the Fall 2014 season are the standouts of New York Fashion Week for me, from the already-dramatic gowns of Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, and Dennis Basso enlivened with inspired prints to the playful dresses by Tracy Reese, Alice + Olivia, and Carolina Herrera.
Last season, Jenny Packham, aka fashion’s resident queen of romantic, sparkly eveningwear, got a little bit relaxed and showed it by imparting day looks into her Spring collection. For Fall 2014, she is continuing on that more laid-back path, but forget the sugar-sweet ingénue. This time around, it’s all about after-dark insouciance.
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.