New York Fashion Week: Trends

 

An interesting showing at this year’s New York Fashion Week. As usual there were lots of different styles, many different directions taken by designers new and old, fresh-faced and veteran alike. Here are a few trends we caught walking down the runways.

First, the big sleeve.
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From left: Milly, Osklen, Calvin Klein Collection

This year so many designers seemed to be playing with sleeves. They were long and narrow or cut to a wide angled point but most importantly they were ginormous. Over the course of the week a very distinct shape began to materialize: the triangle, and with it the female silhouette seemed to grow increasingly more imposing.

sleeve_monsters_22From left: Prabal Gurung, Vivienne Tam, 3.1 Phillip Lim

We love the pyramids, the Bermuda Triangle, the all-seeing-eye-of-god Triangle, and we know that historically this shape has always stood for strength, divinity, and solidarity. In light of all these broad-shouldered, balls-to-the-wall-faced beauties one wonders if the designers are trying to tell us something vital about 2014.

Next, this year saw much less vintage, and a lot more retro.

retro copyFrom left: Opening Ceremony, Prabal Gurung, Honor

With no shortage of nostalgia on the runways this week, a surge in pencil skirts, bowling shirts, pastels, and jacquards gives rise to pin-up styles and bids adieu to an earthy breeze. But if vintage digs is what you crave, our increasingly consistent seventies stalwart Diane Von Furstenberg has a maxi dress just for you.

In fabrics we saw a rise in sheer materials. From Vera to Calvin, Gurung to Lang, things are getting gauzy.

gauze_1From left: Vera Wang, Helmut Lang, Alexander Wang

There was a noticeable absence of prints on the runway this week as compared to other seasons. Designers’ attention seemed more focused on color and shape. With that said there were some fantastic new patterns throughout. These were some of our favorites:

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From left: Prabal Gurung, Edun, Suno

Fashion week always brings out the style monger in all of us. It stimulates an affinity for corporal expression and acts as a reminder that we should all have a lot more money than we do. We saw a lot of interesting things this week, but the label who’s line left us smiling the most was Proenza Schouler. Elegant and modern, sensual and severe, designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have positioned themselves as masters of the trade.

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Proenza Schouler S/S14

Bravo.