By Timaya Forehand
“The show must go on,” said every designer unthreatened by the snowy weapons of an intimidating winter. In the last week, I have seen more snow than the last two winters combined and missed more days of class than I did as a senior in high school (senioritis anyone?). Needless to say, the fashion industry didn’t even budge.
In the winter wonderland that was New York, fashion shows took place all over the city, displaying the clothing options and style trends available for the fall/winter season that is to come later in the year.
Marc Jacobs had the brilliant idea of designing his show so that everyone was exclusive enough to sit in the front row. The venue was lined with rows of cushions and in between each row was a runway. It was a long walk for the models, but an exclusive experience for everyone in attendance. If I had ever taken psycho meds, hallucinogenic drugs or been put in a therapeutic setting, I’m sure that it would have felt like being in the audience at Marc Jacobs show. The atmosphere was completely relaxing and maybe even a little trippy.
The clouds hanging above the crowd showed no sign of rain and as the meditative voice from above kept reminding us, “Happy days are here again.” The entire experience put me on cloud nine. Jacobs’ collection avoided the use of bold, bright colors and stuck with using soft pastels and neutrals. The collection featured scoop-neck maxi dresses with matching pants underneath, heavy knits with plunging necklines paired with matching knit pants and tunics with swirly patterns that made me feel like the models should have been go-go dancers in cages. The models sported blunt bobs, bleached brows and nude lips, agreeing with the simplistic and serene atmosphere that Jacobs created.
A lot of festivity took place on the runway as well. Diane von Furstenberg celebrated the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress and Donna Karan celebrated the 30th birthday of her brand.
This New York Fashion Week emerged two style stars that should be on style watch for the remainder of the year. Kelly Rowland and Zendaya were being Instagrammed and re-grammed the entire week.
Usually Beyonce’s runner-up, Kelly Rowland will likely make her way into the spotlight. Fashion week, she showcased a brand-new short hairdo, much shorter than what we are used to. Depending on the day and the show, Miss Rowland could be seen wearing a matching shirt, jacket and pant set in a scenic pattern or an all-black ensemble, from head to toe.
Dancing Disney star turned budding teen fashionista Zendaya was seen with everyone everywhere this week.
Front row at shows like Jeremy Scott, Rebecca Minkoff and Betsey Johnson, Zendaya showed off how you don’t have to have just one style. She switched it up every day not only with her outfits but with her beauty looks and hairstyles. Both stars show versatility with their looks and I’m eager to see what the fashion experts and style peepers will have to say about these two ladies in 2014.
With the Oscars right around the corner, I kept my eyes peeled for any garment that could be red-carpet worthy. Gorgeous gowns from Zac Posen were on my radar. This designer utilized a rich fall palette, sending jewel tones like emerald and ruby red dresses down the runway. Each dress had a bodice of a different, intricate design and I felt the personalization of each gown was amazing. I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw a Hollywood star in a gown by Monique Lhuiller.The dresses were elegant and fit for a princess, everything that an Academy Award gown should be. Her collection didn’t feature much color but did occasionally include pops of fuchsia so beautifully.
My all- time favorite piece was a beautiful floor-length black dress with embroidered shoulders and a very low back. I would love to see a celebrity wearing that dress come Oscar day.
Designers had a lot of fun experimenting with texture this season. As far as trends are concerned, fuzz and fur is what the season is all about. New York designer Milly brought us a ballet-inspired feminine and preppy collection complete with big fur coats and fuzzy textures wearing on the forearms and bottom halves of coats.
Jeremy Scott put a spin on the classic football uniform, making cups and butt pads suitable for ready-to-wear. Fuzzy long-sleeve maxi dresses designed like football jerseys made their way down the runway.
Street wear turned into runway fashion was another noticeable trend. Richard Chai sent male models out wearing beanies and tailored burgundy leather moto jackets with fur collars, creating an edgy vibe to the runway experience.
He also explored the shirt around the waist trend as seen on rappers like Kanye West and A$AP Rocky. DKNY for Donna Karan was also big on the street wear look, showcasing real New Yorkers in sneakers, leather and sweaters featuring varsity-style lettering. The absence of heels, or high heels, this season hints at comfortable quality to fashion that is key for fall 2014.
Neutrals and pastels dominated the color scheme of fashion week. But deep reds, burgundies and rich hues of blue and purple can also be seen on many of the oversized sweaters and outwear as designed by Prabal Gurung, Public School and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row.
Basically oversized everything, from matching sweaters and knitted pants to puffy coats and floor-length capes, is in for the fall 2014 season.
The style stars, the celebration, the best show in town, the trends, the Oscar contenders…New York Fashion Week satisfied our every burning fashion desire and diverted our attention from any snow storm that tried to keep us cold.