Whew! Between Crystal Couture, New York Fashion Week, and an exciting new project that I can’t tell you about yet, dear readers (you’ll be the first to know, I promise!), the DCGF is a fashionista on the move. That doesn’t mean I haven’t taken some time to scour the best looks for fall that have hit the runways in New York so far. Let’s take a look at our fashion future…
They might look like lumberjacks, but the design team behind Costello Tagliapietra turned out some of the most feminine, retro-chic dresses so far. Their color palette was fairly neutral, save for a few pops of bright orange, a personal favourite of mine. I especially love how they paired long gloves with a few of the dresses, as seen above.
Tuleh presented a sumptuous mixture of fabrics, textures, and patterns with sophistication practically oozing from each ensemble. With black tights and collared shoes or boots, the models each had an air of the 1920′s speakeasy scene about them – they may as well have been wearing oversized Versace sunglasses hey? I was really blown away by this dress, though, and its fantastic silhouette. And are those green shoes peeking out? Love it!
Preen tooks patterns to a new height with a witty variation on the houndstooth showing up in nearly half of their ensembles. What got my attention, though, was this cheeky take on the swing coat, a nod to 1960′s “mod” with enough of a twist to fit perfectly into the modern woman’s closet. I’m loving the stand-up collar and the warm fuzzy texture, too.
Karen Walker presented a strong collection, titled “Cracked,” that reflected the tempestuous times in which we find ourselves. My favourite piece from this show is undoubtedly the broken-pearl-necklace dress (at least that’s what I’m calling it!). The “necklace” is literally breaking apart and falling off the dress. Great sleeves, too.
Other trends that are emerging out of New York include lots of open knees and cut-outs on dresses. Lots of holes in lots of clothes, so to speak. Preen took patterns to a new height with a witty variation on the hound’s-tooth showing up in nearly half of their ensembles. Dark colours dominate, but bursts of oranges and yellows break up the monotony for many designers. Opaque tights are still a hot accessory, and boots are hitting mid-calf or at the ankle, not all the way to the knee. We’ll see what else pops up as the week goes on. Their colour palette was fairly neutral, save for a few pops of bright orange, a personal favourite of mine.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to come out and see me at tonight’s Travel in’ Trunk Show at 2450 Crystal Drive in Arlington, VA! There’s much shopping to be done…