best of #nyfw2014.

Feb 17, 2014

The months of February and March signify that beginning of the coldest time of year in many parts of the world; but for some, it marks the beginning of fashion season, a season loved by many, including me. Fashion week is inescapable in its entirety: it overflows on all social media feeds, it is apparent in leading cities, and it marks headlines across the world. Among each of the four cities, designers offer the best of their abilities, creating fashion that determines your wardrobe for the frighteningly freezing months ahead. In a way, Fall/Winter collections appeal less to me than others, simply because it is not applicable to my own wardrobe, due to my presence in a tropical country. But to live vicariously through the trench coats, the winter boots, the thick fabrics, and the innumerable layers is something I enjoy. New York Fashion Week, the kick-start to the season, is my favorite as it has the designers who appeal to me the most. This season, I've picked my favorite collections – all of which present unprecedented ideas of how winter wardrobes should be approached.
 Jenny Packham: Models swathed in luscious layers of burgundy silk, color-blocked cocktail dresses concocted of velvet and patterned sheer fabric, and flapper-esque ensembles evoking a Gatsby-esque era of fashion – Jenny Packham's Fall/Winter 2014 collection had several elements of perfection. Though it was somehow less innovative and reflective of culture and other such refined topics, Packham once again displayed her penchant for creating collections fit for the dazzling New York socialite. The designer's aesthetic always reminds me of a certain Blair Waldorf – each of her creations looks like a dress any Gossip Girl star would be donning. For Fall, Packham experimented with fabric and draping, adorning her finished pieces with a bevy of sequins and feathers. No particular color scheme was applied, but bold shades of mauve, elegant midnight blues, and intelligent grey hues were utilized. 
 Opening Ceremony: Inspired by Antwerp, the ever-evolving Opening Ceremony designers created a collection that is quintessential for the smart winter dresser. The collection consisted of sharp silhouettes, a moody winter palette (dabbled with game-changing shades of tangerine and old rose), and textured leather boots that varied from knee to ankle length. The clear-cut middle parting each of the beautifully-adorned models wore further emphasized the no-nonsense look that Opening Ceremony suggests for the season. All of the gorgeous ensembles were a clear depiction of the O.C. girl. As described by codesigner Humberto Leon, “the Opening Ceremony girl is aspirational, but she’s also real. She’s the girl that you could see out and think, That’s the girl that I want to be.'" With the acute tailoring and somber tones that O.C. incorporated in their winter collection, this look has never been more covetable – and achievable. 
 Prabal Gurung: By far, my favorite collection of all the NYFW shows. Upon first glance, I had no words to describe the creations Gurung offered his staunchly devoted fans, (among whom I am certainly included) simply because of its undeniable beauty. What sets Gurung's collection apart from others is the apparent story behind each of the clothes – whether it was a gown or a geometric cocktail dress, the clothes had an air of a story, a whiff of a piece of history lying between its many intricate layers. Using the rich history of his home, Nepal, Gurung wove his heritage and culture into each of his pieces. All the while, he did not lose sight of the purpose of Fall collections – winter was taken into consideration, as seen in the oversize fur coats and sweater combinations. Among my favorite pieces, a few factors made the greatest impression: the graceful blend of sunset tones, halter tops effortlessly combined with smartly-tailored pants, flamboyantly sheathed gowns, and ankle-bracelet-inspired stilettos. Gurung's cultural inspiration and winter-wear qualities were skillfully united in an artful and glorious collection.
Proenza Schouler: The designer-duo behind the perpetually-pleasing Proenza Schouler seem to be the purveyors of cool; of a style of dressing that everyone who is anyone will want to impersonate. With their Fall/Winter 2014 collection, the Schouler designers offered bigger, bolder silhouettes, filmy and futuristic mini skirts, and the right amount of midriff displayed by barely-there bralets. Wonderfully dizzying prints, in a myriad of unabashedly powerful hues, beautiful and unique dimensions applied to each piece of clothing – seen in everything from the shoulders of crop-tops to the monochromatic trousers – and fuss-free flats added as an after-thought to each ensemble. This collection was perhaps the most praised by fashion critics, as the designers proved, once again, the compelling and enigmatic nature of their clothes.

Which of these collections are your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

-M

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8 comments

  1. Love all the Jenny Packham pieces. Great feature

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  3. Love the Pakcham pieces! Especially the middle look!

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  6. We always love reading round ups of fashion week. We have to say that Jenny's collection is our favourite because it is a lot more wearable for us mere mortals!

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