The First Shows of Fall 2014

February 10, 2014

New York Fashion Week is off with a bang, and designers are full of dark, gothy pieces; Lorde and the girls of Coven would be so proud. Here are some of the shows that really wowed me in the first few days of NYFW.

Jason Wu
Jason Wu went for dark glamour
You can always count on Jason Wu for a healthy dose of glamour, but this season he took a dark turn with luxurious black velvets and deep maroons. There was the usual tinge of Old Hollywood stardom, with slinky silk dresses falling to shins and hugging the body. Wu knows how to celebrate the woman and making her feel feminine and powerful. These ladies are women and they know how to get stuff done. I can't wait to see these looks on the red carpet.

Prabal Gurung
A lesson in draping at Prabal Gurung
Prabal Gurung is a personal favorite, and each season he seems to outdo himself. If spring was a celebration of the past, fall is a fete of the future. Asymmetrical cuts galore, futuristic nomad details, and a cool mix of oranges, blues, and grays made this presentation absolutely stunning and unique. These looks will follow girls from the street to the party scene, which means everyone will want a closet full of Gurung's clothes.

My favorite part? One look (above, far left) had the model matching her hair to her monochromatic blood orange ensemble. Talk about color coordination!

80s punk meets 50s rockabilly - with a slight South American twist - at Zimmermann
Zimmerman was incredibly unusual and yet I found myself oohing and ahhing at each and every look. I got the impression that the clothes and the models represented a group of girls who were unbelievably cool but also slightly dangerous - like, I would want to sit with them at lunch but I wouldn't want to be caught stealing one of their boyfriends.

Anywho, Zimmermann was a peculiar mix of goth/punk influences and fifties Lolita vibes. Full skirts and off-the-shoulder tops ran rampant, but so did dark lips, heavy boots, and biker jackets. I thought the clothes were absolutely awesome and I would kill to have that ivory lace jumpsuit. Too perfect for words.

Sally LaPointe
Sophisticated style meets downtown cool at Sally LaPointe
Sally LaPointe was practical luxury at its finest. These are clothes fit for a fashion editor, rich and streamlined and minimal-fuss. I enjoyed the atypical approaches to looks, like a sleeveless fur sweater or a crop top with a fabulous embroidered silk maxi skirt. You know the Sally LaPointe girl means business, and you know you want to be dressing just like her.

Experimental textures and textile combinations at Nonoo
At Nonoo, Misha Nonoo played with texture and textile to a brilliant effect. There were fun plays on weaves and pleats (see the grid-paneled coats and skirts, for example) and a radiant range of colors that had me smiling. Maroons and navys are standard autumnal affair, but the pops of yellow and lavender took the collection above and beyond the ordinary winter wear.

Keep checking back for more reviews from all the fashion week shows!

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