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And that’s a wrap! New York Fashion Week closed out with four of the most anticipated shows of the week. Here are our favorite looks from these heavy-hitters.
Like others before him, Ralph Lauren was inspired by the Russia of Anna Karenina for his Fall 2013 collection. This tied directly into another trend we’ve been seeing this season, velvet. Alongside ruched velvet cocktail dress, gowns and maxi skirts, the designer showed military-inspired outerwear (think rows of buttons and fitted bodices), fur hats, patchworked tapestry-like bags, floral velvet embroidery and ruffle details for an opulently romantic collection.
Fall 2013 was a surprisingly minimalist season for Proenza Schouler. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez went in a ladylike, but relaxed direction showing a slew of streamlined monochrome looks done in an ivory, black, gray, peach and pale mint color palette. Rounded coats, shift dresses, ostrich feather skirts, black and white leather bottoms, laser cut separates and embroidered dresses made for a collection that was at once wearable while striking enough to be editorial. As for accessories, this season brought oversized clutches and pointed flats, some with a wide mid-foot strap.
Sure, the topless look isn’t exactly wearable — and neither are the pant-less ones he showed — but more so than any of his recent collections, this season’s Marc Jacobs lineup was wholly wearable. Quite a feat given that a good chunk of the collection was pajama-inspired (Jacobs even walked the runway in PJs). Silk pajama separates aside, there were a slew of sequin dresses, retro shorts, double-breasted coats, chunky knit sweaters and metallic bottoms and dresses that, while not particularly groundbreaking, made for a collection that balanced commercial and editorial appeal well.
Neutral toned minimalist looks mixed with amped up silhouettes, cropped tops and oversized accessories (namely ginormous belt buckles) made for a fresh take on the Calvin Klein aesthetic. Done in a dark palette of black, blue and green along with some white, Francisco Costa’s glen plaid, tough-luxe bustier tops, leather separates and pleated leather dresses with PVC detailing were among the wearable collection’s standout looks.