While the fashion crowd was busy attending shows and having their street style snapped last international fashion month, we were busy launching our publication. But don’t worry we were still keeping our eyes trained to the runways as you may have seen on our Instagram. Now that all those covetable collections are hitting stores we are wrapping up our favourite shows of the season instead of putting together our usual runway report.
This season creative director Stuart Vevers looked to America itself for inspiration. What he came up with was a covetable collection of wearable pieces with an urban edge. Think preppy varsity jackets, suede mini skirts, print dresses, camel coats and furry gillets. And as for the accessories, sturdy bowling bags, compact shoulder bags, and slouchy clutches made their way down the runway. Metallic boots, sneakers and heeled loafers were seen on the models feet, while chunky beanies sat upon their heads.
What we want: The Varsity Bomber
This cult accessories label, designed by Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, opted for a pared back presentation to reveal their latest collection. A peachy-nude coloured set was the perfect backdrop to showcase the colour palette of the season: powdery pinks, bright blue and dusky orange to name a few. Ladylike top handle bags, crescent shaped clutches, loafers and heels were made up in the highest quality leathers and suedes.
What we want: Bright yellow patent heels
This season Marc Jacobs wrapped up with much less fanfare than the season before last when he took over the Ziegfeld Theatre. There was however a special guest on the runway; Lady Gaga made an appearance fresh from wearing Marc Jacobs on the red carpet to the Grammy’s earlier in the week. The collection traded on gothic glamour, plenty of somber colours, long sweeping coats, Victorian collars and impossibly high platform boots. The dark mood was further solidified by a matching beauty look, rigidly set hair, pale washed out skin a la Wednesday Adams, black lips and dark graphic eyes.
What we want: A crochet collar
This season Carol Lim and Humberto Leon brought us yet another super cool collection inspired by visual furturist Syd Mead. Made up in a colour palette of predominantly black and white with hits of fushia and blue, the clothes storming down the runway had a futuristic vibe. We saw a mix of textures (gleaming metallics, high shine satin, woven mesh and light wash denim) used to make up wearable separates for day and glamourous dresses for night.
What we want: A print cardigan to snuggle up in
This season designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez presented their new collection at the new Whitney Museum of American Art. The collection features low slung, loose trousers paired with fitted blazers, long dresses featuring outsize laced-up details, slope-shouldered boxy jackets and long shearling trimmed coats. Pieces were polished and refined, prim but oh-so cool.
What we want: A pair of impossibly chic trousers
This label, designed by Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin, has been going from strength to strength since its launch on the A/W 13 runways. For their latest collection, the CDFA winners experimented further with bold, structural silhouettes, graphic print and strong use of colour to create a collection jam-packed with must-haves.
What we want: The balloon sleeved collared shirt and a red coat.
Illustrations by our very own Lexi Keelan.