Saturday, February 16

NY Fashion Week Wrap Up

   New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center wrapped up this week.  It ran from February 7th to February 14th and during this time the designers showcased looks from their Fall 2013/Winter 2014 collections.  Not being fortunate enough to attend any of the shows, I chose the next best thing to sitting front row and watched the shows of my favorite designers on YouTube.  The Michael Kors show blew me away and I coveted everything on the runway!  Tory Burch, Monique Lhuillier, and Rachel Zoe also impressed me with their collections.  For the reader's convenience I have included links from my favorite fashion shows below, but by simply doing a YouTube search you can find shows from the rest of the designers who participated in Fashion Week.

Michael Kors

The most outstanding feature of MK's collection was his utilization of a wide-ranging color palette.  The collection included a vibrant mix of electric colors, such as taxi cab yellow, royal blue, and neon orange juxtaposed against white, black, olive and charcoal.  The looks were urban chic, yet extremely polished and paid homepage to the designer's NYC roots. These looks were accented by leather details, bold belts and metallic pumps.  My favorite pieces were the houndstooth capes, peplum dresses, and charcoal suits with leather motorcycle chic tailoring.

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Quite the opposite of MK's contemporary styled looks, Tory Burch showed inspiration from the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s. The vintage inspired attire was paired with an equally vintage inspired handbag collection, which included classic satchels, shoulder bags and clutches.  The looks were wearable for women of all body types and were best suited for professional and formal occasions.  Her pieces were adorned with lace, sequins, crystals, and oversize bits of colored metal.   It wasn't just the clothing that got decorated, however, as many of the shoes and accessories had dragonflies affixed to them that caught the light as the models came down the runway.

Monique Lhuillier!
If there's one word to describe Monique's collection it's opulent.  Her gowns and cocktail dresses were suitable for wearing on the red carpet at the next award show.  They contained rich hues of gold, emerald, scarlet, and royal blue.  The bright colors were complimented by embellishments of crystal, sheer lace necklines and feathered hems.

Rachel Zoe
Remaining true to her 1970s boho-chic style, Rachel Zoe's collection featured clothing in mostly neutral hues like camel, cream, navy, gray, and black.  The flowy Bohemian style maxi dresses and oversized floppy hats were juxtaposed with an equestrian inspired look characterized by riding boots, fitted pants and cropped blazers.  The garments themselves ran the gamut from cozy (the show opened with an oversize cardigan over a leather shirt and tight fitting cropped ankle pants) to sexy (a short black dress with folded lapels debuted halfway through the show). There was also a plethora of chic leather as displayed in the form of a hunter green t-shirt and on the sleeves of a cropped canvas trench. 

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