One month ago today, we posted a shot of legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham asking Crystal Nicodemus, our Fashion Week street style photographer, to jump for a photo. We were certain she’d end up in one of his stories, and sure enough, Crystal appeared in yesterday’s print edition and the online slideshow narrated by Bill.
Nordstrom at New York Fashion Week
Sandra is a modern Grecian goddess, with her minimalist look and extra-tall strappy stilettos!
While everyone else in London is rocking sneakers, Sandra says she can’t live without her heels. This pair is a true statement and really amps up her look. Her oversized raglan-cut top and rough-edged skirt are a clean, cream match—and you all know how popular monochromatic looks are this season.
This autumnal palette is perfectly coordinated, and I love her subtle print mixing. Camel coats are another major FW trend, and the fur collar and sleek lines of this piece are très chic. Here’s hoping I run into Ella again tomorrow!
Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, recaps her trip to New York Fashion Week and shares the top beauty trends coming down the runway (and product picks to start trying them now!). See all of our beauty coverage at Fashion Week on our Beauty Blog.
Braving the polar vortex of the Northeast and dressed in my trusty all-black backstage outfit (accessorized with Valentino Rockstud rain boots and purple-streaked hair), I headed to NYFW with Debra Redmond. Not only did we see new products and techniques but also some welcome updates to classic and retro makeup.
Tadashi Shoji, Nicole Miller, Alice + Olivia
Imagine if The Road Warrior married Sleeping Beauty, or if Blade Runner dated Snow White, and you’ll have a good idea of the beauty looks we saw for fall 2014. Futuristic influences (dramatic eye makeup and dark nails) contrasted with whimsy and femininity (luminous skin, hints of rose on cheeks and lips), all resulting in the ultimate dark fairytale.
Rebecca Minkoff, Rodarte
From winter rose to deep cognac, lips were stained as if lipstick had been applied very intentionally with fingers (at many shows, it was). While the color was deeply pigmented, the edges were somewhat blurred to create an undefined yet very sophisticated (i.e., not messy) and wearable look. The textures leaned toward velvets and satins—some with a subtle hint of shimmer for added dimension—to complement the rich fabrics of the clothes.
The classic smoky eye transformed into a more smudged, slept-in* look in dusky shades—from soft pewter and mouse grey to intense coal and transparent (not chalky) onyx. Layering in deep blue, green and purple shadows added cool interest to basic black, while hints of burnished gold and liquid silver added a slight 3-D effect (and had us thinking ahead to fun holiday looks).
Rebecca Minkoff, Nicole Miller, Peter Som
Nail art has evolved into a more sophisticated and user-friendly (yeah!) trend of simply using TWO colors. Dare I call it “grown-up” nail art? Many designs were modern takes on classics like the French manicure, and while most were black-based, femininity raised her hand with a new take on nudes. Best of all, almost every design was doable at home!
Start practicing now:
Shop Nail Polish
Cushnie et Ochs
One to Watch…
Keep your eye (pun intended) on exaggerated black liner: winged, double-winged and Charlotte Tilbury’s “feline flick” added serious eye interest and drama to a variety of looks.
And that’s my take!
*As any beauty devotee knows: always remember to remove makeup before bed. While we all appreciate the LOOK of smudged shadow and mascara, we recommend you create it yourself the next morning v. irritating your eyes or damaging your skin (or pillowcase!) by sleeping in your makeup.
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Photos: Gorunway.com, Alice + Olivia, Rebecca Minkoff, Peter Som.
Runway models have some of the best style around. See a few of our favorite girls snapped by our street-fashion photographer, Crystal Nicodemus, during the past week in New York. You’ll note that many of them still have their hair and makeup done (or undone) from the shows.
This concludes our street-style coverage for New York. We’ll have fresh images from London Fashion Week later on today, so stay tuned!
As NYFW came to a close, we considered what collectively seemed to be the biggest ideas or items seen from a multitude of American designers.
The overall story: it truly is a ‘winters tale’ with great pieces for the colder months, so look forward to wrapping up in our favorite hits from NY Fall ’14.
#1 Cozy Chic
Minimalism loses its hard edge with cozy capes, wraps, sumptuous sweaters and gorgeous, easy knit separates for every woman.
#2 Survival Style
Inspired by the great outdoors or the gritty reality of urban life, sporty looks and details that are functional and fashionable are on their way.
#3 Fur, Fur, Fur
Real, faux, shaggy, savage, lux, shearling, pony. In natural states or colored versions, fur is interpreted on every item of clothing: coats, jackets, scarves, bags and shoes. There’s something here for everyone.
#4 The Big Coat
This season it is all about a wonderful outerwear piece. Tailored and masculine inspirations are present with silhouettes that are ankle grazing, cocoonlike, and practical like parkas or cute duffel shapes. This is the season to treat yourself to one of these winter warmers.
#5 The Over-the-Knee Boot
The winter boot: whether sturdy or skin tight, over-the-knee is going to be the must-have of the season.
Opt for a sumptuous new chunky sweater or a tighter infinity scarf. This will be the neckline to be seen in.
#7 The Midi Skirt
Full, pleated or new in structure—the ‘past-the-knee’ look is clearly very important.
#8 The Menswear-Inspired Trouser
Look for a pleated front. The most popular are fuller at the top but defined at the waist—either wide leg or tapered, this is the pant to have.
#9 The Range of Reds
Turn up the heat with combinations of red on red–mixes of orangey tones, blood reds and berry red with rust.
#10 The Black & White Abstract
B&W prints featured heavily to break up flat color. This is the pattern of NYFW: one that’s inspired by urban landscapes or natural features like marble.
What a beautiful season to come!
—The Fashion Office
It’s always a pleasure to run into Tamara from the Glam and Glitter. Tamara is a fashion chameleon, and you never know which trend she’ll try out next. Today’s look is heavy on the leather, but Tamara has styled it in a very feminine way. I love a good genre mix, so this outfit is one I’ll be copying ASAP. That quilted moto jacket is a stunner, as is her classic Proenza Schouler purse. See you soon, Tam!
What a street style dream team! This dynamic duo is a fashion powerhouse. I would expect two of the top names in the blog game to have impeccable taste, and these ladies did not disappoint! Chriselle Lim’s bold, red jumpsuit and plaid coat are perfection, in my book. And that stunning teal suit on Aimee Song, paired with a wild print coat, is the epitome of West Coast chic. Thanks a million for the continued inspiration, ladies!
Lindsey’s outfit is full of fun details. Her intricately patterned dress is feminine yet contemporary. Her textural coat has sequined and feathered cuffs, which is an unexpected and whimsical touch on a piece with such modern lines. Thigh-high boots are a top shoe trend, as are colorful accent handbags. All in all, I’d say Lindsey has perfected her Fashion Week chic.
One could scarcely recall a runway collection as ornate as Marc Jacob‘s spring 2014 show full of tassels, beadwork, brocade and appliqué. So we were delighted to see a full-on palette cleanser take the stage at last night’s unveiling. Neutral colors, soft curves and loose silhouettes defined his fall aesthetic, inspired by strong women like Meryl Streep and Jessica Lange.