Day three of New York Fashion Week has come to an end, leaving us with a clearer image of fall 2014 fashion expectations. Models adorned in feathers, fur, and sparkly sequins continued to strut the runways. Our favorite standout colors for fall are blush tones, steely grays, and bold navy blue accented with blood orange. As always, monochromatic pairings of black and white are huge for fall, but fresh prints and textures modernize the classic color combo. Trends like sheer paneling and cutouts look like they'll be sticking around in full force this fall. Here are our top eight picks from today’s array of debuted designs.
Herve Leger by Max Azria
Per usual, Max Azria knows how to bring sexy back. Azria took Herve’s cliché party dresses from promiscuous to pretty by adding flowy, femine detailing and subtle sparkly embellishments. Azria’s touch was a major improvement from past season designs, making them wearable for the every girl. The cutout and harness designs were accented with fabulous fur coats and sashaying skirts, making it a collection worth coveting.
We got 99 problems but Prabal ain’t one. His Fall 2014 collection was one of our favorites of the day, and will definitely have us pulling out the AmEx come cold weather couture. The show started out on a cool note in shades of gray, charcoal, and navy, then transitioned into warmer hues of blood orange, cranberry, and oxblood. This line had heavy texture in the form of fringe, fur, jacquard, and feathers in heavily wrapped and cutout designs. The presentation concluded with show stopping flowing formal gowns with chiffon skirts and elegantly swathed tops.
Jill Stuart is the queen bee of LBDs. From career driven fashionistas to sexy socialites, this collection has a piece for every woman. The designs may be all black, but nothing about them is basic. There are as many tailored pieces as there are flirty, fun ones: It’s the perfect mix of girly polka dots and amped-up sex goddess.
Accessories are leading the way in the Ruffian Fall 2014 collection. Say hello to colored tights, abstract prints, and tall, oversize hats. The line is inspired by Petrus Christus, a 15th century portrait artist, and the romantic color scheme of deep reds, lush yellows, and bold blues shines through. The pieces bordered on costume creations, with a unicorn tapestry print and somber black dresses adorned with stiff, ruffled collars.
Rebecca Taylor’s versatile assemblage of looks can be mixed and matched to create endless outfit options. With a palette of pale blues, navies, purples and blush tones, this soft color crowd is ideal for girly-girls and tom-boys alike. The structured lines and rich fabrics run the gamut from feminine cuts to menswear inspired pieces, uniting the overall aesthetic. This is literally as ready-to-wear as it gets.
Christian Sirianio’s Parisian style was inspired by French photographer Fernand Fonssagrives and Fonssagrives' model/wife Lisa is his muse. The Siriano girl is reminiscent of ‘50s and ’60s glamour, but with a modern coolness. The jewel-tone collection mixed with monochrome checker and polka dot patterns for classic but playful style. Models donned fur and leather in almost every look, accompanied by elegant hats. Overall the collection was very clean, wearable, and sophisticated.
Mara Hoffman stepped off the beaten path to bring us an African-inspired aesthetic for Fall 2014. From diverse models to distinct designs, Hoffman’s fall line was a dramatic display of four major trends: Tribal prints and jewelry, heavy sequin embellishment, crisp whites, and fringed everything. Some of Mara’s standout pieces were the kissing camels sweater, a pixel-cut jumpsuit, and a formal sequin embellished gown. The show closer was a dress and flowing headpiece reminiscent of traditional African wear.
Jenni Kayne’s collection was small but powerful. Inspired by English manor country dressing and 1930s femininity, the designs manage to keep a modern minimalist appeal. A perfect mix of jewel tones and bold orange blossom print defined the collection. From a chic collarless coat to a forest green moto vest, this show produced a number of layering staples for the cold weather season.
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