Wednesday, 13 February 2013

New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013-14

New York Fashion Week is versatile and bold in terms of the multitude of designers, models and personalities who make an appearance. This year, for the autumn/winter runway, New York pushed its shows earlier to avoid clashes with its European counterparts.

For the cooler months, there's always the move towards darker palettes and heavier textures but this year there is more of a masculine touch to the outfits alongside garment layering, freer structures and minimalist hair and beauty.

The Vera Wang had a vamp feel with dark lipstick and sleek hair on the models. There was a mixed combination of fabrics from jet black sequins to imperial purples and shoes stuck to the solid ankle strap.

Victoria by Victoria Beckham had a structured, business-like feel to the clothing with a serious grey/black palette and conservative footwear. The range of mini dresses channels a former Posh Spice - although quite popular among the other winter collections - and the accessory of choice: a plush beanie.

One of the more colourful shows this season is from Karen Walker. She featured an oversized red trench, matching pink quilted ensembles and traditionally menswear checks and plaid. A lot of layering on top and Scandinavian-looking shoes.

The Caroline Herrera show presented more feminine silhouettes. The floor-length dresses had an oriental twist, verging into dark pinks and purples and hair was up in a neat, slick bun. The waist was a focus area with tailoring and large belts and shoulders regally pronounced.

One of the more playful shows was uptown-meets-downtown-girl Marc by Marc Jacobs. It doesn't stand out as an autumn/winter collection, apart from a few knits, and the hair was free and flouncy. What drew my attention was the accessories - large round pop-coloured bags and retro sunglasses.

Oscar de la Renta closed with embroidered baroque dresses which stood out among the free tailoring and darker fabrics.

Karlie Kloss closes Oscar de la Renta 2013-14 A/W show.

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