One city down, three to go.
I'm tired of elaborate nail art. It just looks wrong and overwrought to me now. Well, manicurists seemed to agree, because while there's been quite a bit of nail art backstage at the spring shows, it's mostly been really simple, graphic, and minimalist.
It's a slip dress takeover for spring 2014.
One of the most exciting things about fashion week happens before it even begins--getting the invitations. And while many designers still choose to go with the standard invites (don't get us wrong--they're great too!), or emails (more eco-friendly, sure), we're all about the fancy ones. There's just something to be said about getting a little creative--so we wanted to put a spotlight on those designers that went above and beyond. Click through for a look at the coolest Spring 2014 New York fashion week invitations.
Tess Giberson's a New York City girl at heart, but there was something rather West Coast about her presentation for Spring 2014. Not West Coast in a beach-babes, "surf's up" manner, but rather a forward-thinking, clean-living kind of way. Yes, that eco-conscious sensibility that factors so centrally in the Northern Californian lifestyle was evoked by Giberson's paired-down lines and airy details.
Four cities, one season: Fall 2013. Nemo kicked the collections off and every city to follow added its own dose of wintry chill. Somehow all that cold weather caused a discernible note of restraint to float through the collections. Don’t worry--the passion and excitement were still there, but designers actively pursued defining new ways we can really dress next fall. These looks felt grounded in the return of the “Lady," as fashion’s pendulum swung away from the risqué, toward the refreshingly refined (spike-studded shoulders be damned). Check out our top trends for fall in the slide show.
Nothing was going to stop us from catching Jason Wu, Rag & Bone, SUNO and more on day three of NYFW, not even a blizzard. We put on our L.L. Bean boots and our game faces and sloshed from show to show. Thankfully there were some pleasant surprises in the form of mulled wine and Drew Barrymore at Rag & Bone; silly faces fram Cara Delevingne at Jason Wu; and celebs from Kate Nash to Nicky Hilton to Selita Ebanks, all of whom looked completely untouched by the wintry mix outside. Click through to see day three from our eyes!
Some designers opt to romanticize these frigid winter months, offering up blissfully arctic fantasies filled with woolen hot-shorts and midriff baring mohair sweaters. Not Tess Giberson: she knows what's up. As we made our way across the icy-wet tundra —or, the Westside Highway…you pick— to take in her presentation at Pier 59, we couldn't help but take note of how even the most pap-happy editor was on pure sartorial survival mode today; this was no time to put "wow factor" before "warm factor". Giberson is on the same page for fall 2013, as her presentation could have walked right out of the all-white loft space into today's precipitous chill (and we had no choice to upon its completion).
In a city known for tourism, chic boutique hotels are a dime a dozen. Still, how many of them boast their very own Global Fashion Director? Last night, we hit the W Hotel in Times Square to toast the company’s new crop of Fashion Next designers. And for a hotel so well known for their contemporary aesthetic, the program seems to be a total no-brainer. “W’s passion is design,” explained Eva Ziegler, the hotel’s Global Brand Leader. “And this is just an extension of our point of view. We want to give these emerging designers a global platform.” This year’s crop of honorees—Mara Hoffman, Frank Tell, Mandy Coon, Tess Giberson, and Michael Angel—were in full celebration mode.