They were the cream of the crop and the best of the bunch. NYFW has so much to offer each season, and between the new talent, the regulars and the stars, it’s always hard to choose my top 10. This year though, it was kind of a no-brainer. I had expectations about some shows and I definitely wasn’t expecting to get that pleasant surprise from so many others. There were lots of trends and styles, as you might have seen in my previous post. I chose my top shows based on color combos (you know I’m completely biased when presented with a pastel color palette), wearability, originality and visual impact. So here for you today, the first part of my top 10 list from the NYFW Spring 2014 runways.
First time Honor makes it on to my list and after this six snaps from the runway, you have to understand the reason. I am traditional when it comes to the seasons, I love when a Spring collection feels like Spring and that’s exactly the vibe I got from this catwalk. That air of vintage romance, the gowns filled with details and dramatic ruffles, the smart beautiful use of lace, sheer in all the right places and dressy shorts, I’m a sucker for dressy shorts. The color palette was soft, the prints were powerful but played beautifully with the shades and everything looked picture perfect with a pair of pointy flats. Overall, a delightful collection with a touch of retro.
I’ve been a fan for a couple of seasons now but it’s the first time this young designer presents on a runway, rather than on a presentation. His collection was a clash between the pretty and the rough. Pastels (lavender, mint, vanilla) and white were paired against gray shades and the always resourceful, black. Midi skirts in lace and silk and delicate knits were paired up against candy-colored biker jackets (one of the trends I presented to you yesterday). And the footwear…. Those PVC, toe-capped ankle boots deserve standing ovation, at least from me!
You may agree with me or not. Fact is, I am completely biased when it comes to J.Crew. After the Lyons takeover, the brand I used to dub a dull and boring, has become a personal favorite. In front of my eyes, J.Crew can do no wrong! For Spring 2014, J.Crew went to Maui. Surfer chic is back but not in that literal “Tommy Hilfiger with the neoprene and zippers” kind of way. This was more subtle and with the kind of swag we always get from this brand’s flawless styling. The collection featured mostly trousers: printed, with textures, wide, tapered. The t-shirt had a strong presence in the collection and the cherry on top of the cake? Sophia Webster designed the shoes! I already have a piggy bank with the following label: “Sophia Webster for J.Crew polka dot pumps”.
First time ever also for Delpozo on my list. He got my attention last Fall, but he definitely got my heart racing this season. Romance doesn’t even begin to cover it! It was a beautiful display of fashion, of tailoring, a breathtaking game of volumes and lengths. The color palette went from sugary shades to bolder ones. There were textures involved, prints as well and of course, beautiful embellishments. The garden-like runway played perfectly against the Spanish designer’s elaborate garments. It could’ve turned out to be a little costumey, but it had just the perfect amonut of drama. And that metallic bow sandal? I don’t know how I will manage to get that inside my closet, but I will. Mark my words!
After a few seasons of the same (fruity and flowery prints, pleats, wide belts), I was starting to feel a little bored with Stacy Bendet’s aesthetics. After the Spring 2014 collection, she really managed to give her audience a fresh breath of air. With a creamy and old school glamour setting, the clothes came alive even if most of the color palette was as neutral as the background. The mint show-opener was a good as a show-opener can get (cropped top with a volume, full skirt? yes please). The thigh-high ivory boots with the toe-cap, a dream come true. The use of lace, the pairings, the styling, it was all so beautiful, all so meticulous but at the same time, all so clean. That’s what I call to hit the ball out of the ballpark!
That was the first part of my top 10 list. Tomorrow I will reveal the first five spots so stay tuned! In the meantime, let’s enjoy Milan Fashio Week (even if for the first time in five years, I’m not there to witness it).
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