I’ve been a bit behind regarding the past few days at #NYFW, and now it’s time to get serious as the nine day event is coming to an end. Some of the most coveted designers have shown their collections in the past few days, including CArolina Herrera, Reem Acra, Tory Burch, J. Crew, Vera Wang, Diesel, Jenny Packham, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Rachel Zoe, J. Mendel and Betsey Johnson. To offer you a look into every single designer showing at #NYFW during days five, six and seven would be one obnoxiously long post, I’ve decided to feature my top two favorite collections from the past three days. Here it goes:
Day 5 –
If you aren’t aware of what contemporary femininity means, all you need to do is look at Carolina Herrera’s Spring ’14 collection. Herrera has dedicated her career as a designer towards making women feel confident, modern and above all else beautiful and her newest collection is no exception. Although I’d like to bring your attention to the entire collection, these are my favorite pieces from her line:
The color was initially what caught my eye regarding this berry-infused gown. Although I am still undecided about the buckle fixtures around the neck and waist, the color and fluidity of the gown juxtaposed with the geometric embellishments are stunning.
If I ever make it to Paris, this white jacket and dress is what I want to wear while strolling around the Parisian, cobblestone streets. Feminine, sophisticated yet clean and simple are design esthetics that define a timeless piece, which is exactly what this particular outfit is.
This dress simply takes my breath away. From the emerald color to the asymmetrical overlays down to the T-strap heels, Herrera can do no wrong.
Additional looks that will take you back to Paris circa the 1940s include:
I’m not sure if it was the red runway, big (i mean very big) hair or the bold patterns that I found to be really inspiring, however I do know that I am completely head-over-heels for Reem Acra’s Spring 2014 collection. If I had to put the collection in my own words, I would say it’s a combination of British punk meets Upper East side, bold yet sophisticated and a must-have for next year’s Spring wardrobe. My top picks from the collection:
Graphic black and white patterns may be tried and true, yet Acra’s antics of mixing prints in a monotone palette feel completely new. I love that the top and skirt mirror one another yet you can mix and match them with solid pieces for a completely different vibe.
Although many people would say that revisiting the 70s, 80s and 90s is something that should never, ever, ever be done, I have to disagree. This gold ensemble is a little bit disco, a little bit rock and roll and a whole lot of cool.
After purchasing a very citrusy orange dress from BCBG two summers ago, I have not been able to stop obsessing over this bright, cheerful color so it’s no surprise I was instantly attracted to this piece from Acra’s collection. Although I would never dare wear a neckline that deep, I love the slit in the skirt, sleeves and gold belt.
Other looks worth mentioning from Acra’s Spring ’14 line:
Day 6 –
Badgley Mischka is commonly referred to as the darlings of the Hollywood set due to their glamourous yet wearable evening wear. Though the designers Mark and James certainly have an eye for creating stunning gowns, it was actually the old-hollywood, 1940s day looks (their hats in particular) that made me look through the collection not once, not twice but three times over! It was extremely difficult to pick three outfits, I was able to narrow it down for you:
The opening look from Badgley Mischka was this trouser and matching crop top paired with a navy sweater and navy and white hat. If this isn’t old hollywood glamour, than I don’t know what is. I’d love to wear this outfit while walking the beaches of St. Tropez … wouldn’t you?
You’ll have to forgive me, but all three of my favorite ready-to-wear looks from Badgley Mischka include the color navy in some shape or form. I’ve come to love and appreciate a pair of silk shorts not only for their comfortable fit, but for the way they move and their versatility. These high-waited, mid-length navy shorts are simply gorgeous. Wear them with the top shown as the weather starts to warm up – mid summer, when temperatures really start to swelter, swap out the white blouse for the polk-a-dot crop top pictured above (same goes for the top and pants for early spring). How do you like that, I’ve given you the option of purchasing four pieces you can mix and match to make four different outfits – now that is definitely getting your money’s worth!
If this navy gown doesn’t sum up Badgley Mischka’s design esthetic and overall branding strategy, I don’t know what else will.
I am completely in love with the rest of these pieces from Badgley Mischka’s Spring 2014 line:
To dress yourself and know what works for your body type is one thing, but to understand and be able to design for other women is truly a gift. Designer Jenny Packham used classic silhouettes throughout her spring collection, such as A-line dresses and skirts and sheath gowns to enhance a woman’s figure. The pairing of bold jewel tones with pastel shades and beaded detailing make the collection feel fresh, rather than outdated.
Packham’s opening look included a high-neckline dress with a bow detail that is oh-so-lady-like. The sleeveless, flouncy dress feels extra special thanks to the textured material and ease of the gown as you walk (or twirl) in it.
Bows were a definite trend throughout Packham’s Spring collection. Although it takes a great deal of confidence to pull off the look, I have no complaints about the foo-foo details as the rest of this peach dress is so well tailored.
One of my favorite looks from Packham was this bold, lime green blouse and sky-blue skirt; This color combination just screams Spring and Summer, but I think what I love most is the rustic red belt – it’s definitely an unexpected finishing touch that I would have never thought of myself but it works.
Additional pieces I fell in love with are:
Day 7 –
As one of the most sought after stylists among the Hollywood elite, it’s no surprise that Rachel Zoe has taken to designing her own line of clothing, or that her designs are freaking awesome! Somehow, Zoe manages to channel her bohemian/rocker flair into the most structured pieces by introducing embellishments such as gold studs, leather and lace. The best pieces from Zoe’s Spring ’14 collection (in my opinion) range from chic sophistication to bad-ass rocker chick:
Black, on black on black is always a do, but knowing how to style a monotone look can be tricky, but is a no-brainer for Zoe. P.S. Love the sandals!
White trousers and a gold studded crop top are the perfect color combination for late Spring, early Summer 2014. I would definitely wear this outfit to an all-white party!
The effortless silhouette of this pastel blue sweater dress could be worn during the day as a beach coverup or for a night out on the town.
Additional looks to love from Zoe’s Spring ’14 collection include:
If you’re not familiar with the story behind the house of Mendel, a quick synopsis would be that the designer is the fifth generation of the Mendel family to design for the atelier. Originally, Mendel designed for Russian aristocracy, then moved to France after the Russian Revolution. From there, Mendel made his way to NYC, where the designer has continued to be one of the leaders when it comes to American ready-to-wear fashion. A few pieces you’ll want to add to your Spring ’14 wardrobe are:
Bright colors and floral prints, like this sheath, long sleeve dress featuring a flirty hemline.
Separates in a single color, featuring lots of texture, such as this grey vest, blouse and printed shorts.
Black and white paired with an unexpected pop of color like this emerald, leaf-print dress.
Other pieces from J. Mendel’s Spring 2014 collection I am loving are: