"For spring and summer, we were traveling a lot, so for fall we thought we'd bring everyone back home," designer Somsack Sikhounmuong told us this morning at a preview of Madewell's fall 2014 collection. It was a comforting follow up to spring 2014, which featured a bohemian excursion to Malta with Erin Wasson in its look book. "It's urban life. The romance of living in New York and what that entails."
For fall, Madewell is doing more of what it does best -- denim, leather and knits with that slouchy, masculine-meets-feminine vibe -- but with a slight update. While the skinny denim isn't going anywhere (God forbid!), it's more relaxed than in seasons past, in darker shades of black and blue. The skirts and pants are in a higher rise to help you seamlessly integrate cropped jackets and sweaters into your wardrobe, part of a new focus on proportions that accentuate the waist. The outerwear is more substantial this season: Leather jackets with shearling and coats with quilting or suede details give off a vibe of "protection" that's essential for city living. The shoes, especially chunky leather booties, are more grounded and heavier than what we're used to seeing from the brand.
As any New Yorker can attest, black and white is the versatile color palette (or lack thereof) of choice, and the sweaters, skirts and denim in these shades keep the collection feeling fresh, yet practical. Another Madewell signature that's back for fall: Clean and modern graphics including the French slogans that have been a fixture on tees and sweatshirts over the past few seasons. "Even the most die-hard New Yorkers still wish they were in Paris," Sikhounmuong said.
Click through for a preview of the fall collection.