Consistent in his point of view on modern American sportswear, Michael Kors hones in on luxe layering with fur, tweed and cable knits that capture the texture and beauty of winter fashions. Long, flowy chiffon dresses and shorter printed minis add to the romance of the season.
Exotic prints, intricate beading, feathers and flapper-esque flair were cleverly fused together by Naeem Khan. The Indian-born, New York-based designer did what he does best for fall—and that’s creating timeless fashion that makes a woman feel sexy and strong.
“In order to create a new vocabulary, you have mix things up,” said Naeem to The Thread just days before his fall 2014 show.
The designer adds that he’s “been taken by the work of Charles James, who was a famous American designer from the ’30s until the late ’70s. When you combine the elegance of Charles’s designs and the sexiness of burlesque—think Cabaret with Liza Minnelli—you mix all that and you get my idea of razzmatazz, but in a very sophisticated way. You get a whole new thing. That’s where fall is going to be.”
Counting First Lady Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé as his fans, Naeem provided his red carpet darlings with plenty of head-turning options—like these two floor-length ivory gowns.
Celebrating the powerful 21st-century woman, forward-thinking designs from Oscar de la Renta were complemented by mod wigs and smoky eye makeup at his fall/winter 2014 runway show. From office chic to red carpet glam, there was an overall statement of coolness from the designer usually known for the classic and streamlined—but as always, he can be counted on for the gorgeous gowns.
Olivia Kim, Nordstrom‘s director of creative projects, tells us about her nonstop New York Fashion Week adventures in What’s Up, Olivia.
“What are you doing?! Just get in the car.”
And we’re off! First up, a visit to my friends Iana dos Reis Nunes and Carolyn Tate Angel at Coach–they’re doing great things for next fall’s collection.
This was near the place where our new Nordstrom New York will open, in 2018. Hi, neighbors!
After that, I checked out a line by a really amazing young designer from Qatar named Wadha.
I love talking to up-and-coming designers and hearing about what goes into their work.
The showroom was in Justine Koons’s studio and this amazing collage was in the bathroom! After that it was time for Shanghai Cuisine on Bayard Street–my favorite Chinese restaurant in New York. Not to start a debate or anything, but they have the best dumplings in THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.
After that we met with Margherita Missoni. She’s so beautiful, and so sweet. That painting is by the great ’80s NYC artist Rammellzee, and that’s Jeffrey Deitch’s desk behind us!
The spiral staircase in their office is really crazy. And then it was time for another tall blonde-roast soy misto from Starbucks. Starbucks is my favorite. I want to be sponsored by Starbucks.
At the end of the day I got to see Patrik Ervell’s show. So good.
Oh! Earlier in the day, we stopped by the ISETAN Japan pop-up shop in Soho. (ISETAN is a department store in Japan.) There was a bunch of work on display by cool Japanese designers, like Kansai Yamamoto (above) and the Nubot by Mukashiya (below). Like the description said: “Nubot makes you feel he/she is there.”
The darkest stages of nightfall and the beauty of classical dance provide the inspiration for Milly‘s ‘Dusk’ entitled fall collection.
Charcoal colors gave way to neutrals for daytime subtlety. From camel paper-bag wool trousers to oversized camel Lurex tweed jackets, designer Michelle Smith constructed a fall statement that emphasized texture and fluidity with precision layering.
“Feel like a woman, wear a dress.” —Diane von Furstenberg
Wrap dress creator Diane von Furstenberg celebrated the 40th anniversary of her iconic fashion staple and cleverly entitled her fall 2014 collection ‘Bohemian Wrapsody.’ Hallmarks of the DVF brand were plentiful—prints, color and a free spirit—in the designer’s line-up, which was inspired by the movement of the Ballet Russes.
Indie pop vocalist Annie Clark of St. Vincent, who has a new album coming out this month, got the crowd rockin’ with a live performance.
Take inspiration from fall ’14 and step into spring with a clear outlook donning optic stripes and graphic geometric prints.
The iconic Herve Leger bandage dress somehow finds a way to evolve season after season, thanks to the creative efforts of Lubov and Max Azria. For fall 2014, the metamorphosis continued with a vixen, tribal vibe that can only be described as uninhibited and untamed.
The collection was inspired by the beauty of nature and animal patterns. Designs came shades of warm grey, rich navy, dark greens, with bright pops of color.