After a series of snowpocalypses (not to mention, one killer polar vortex), this winter was almost intolerable. But things are looking up for fall/winter 2014! It looks like next winter will be a tad more bearable, thanks to designers who are bringing indoor comfort outdoors with wearable blankets. Calla Haynes of Calla fashioned a makeshift topper by belting a fuzzy throw over a pretty print dress. Tommy Hilfiger reimagined the blanket altogether, stitching together a navy blanket plaid mohair dress, which further explored the concept of his collection: a modern-day woman taking on the great American outdoors. And finally, Christopher Bailey granted each model a monogrammed jacquard-woven blanket poncho at Burberry Prorsum, much to everyone’s surprise and envy (here’s how you can score one of your own). As big fans of warmth and comfort, we’re completely wrapped up in this trend.
Now here’s a new way to look at fringe. Instead of the classic Western leather or ’20s flappers fringe, NYFW designers have reinterpreted the frilly detailing in new and unexpected ways for fall/winter 2014. Last season, Derek Lam incorporated fringe into his collection with accessories; this season, he took it to new heights, evolving it into graphic fringe skirts and added texture on chunky knits (pictured left). “For me, it’s a pilgrimage,” Lam tells InStyle.com of his line and his design process. “It’s about going back to what I love, but also trying to find something new. It’s also thinking about what’s going to excite the client for the new season.”
Michael Kors played with mixed textures, sending out a model who sashayed down the runway in a full-on fringe skirt with an ombre cable-knit sweater (middle). And Tommy Hilfiger took fringe to the slopes, accenting a Nordic sweater (right) with dangling knitted threads.
Pictured, from left to right: Runway shows from Donna Karan, Carolina Herrera, and Tommy Hilfiger.
Monday at Fashion Week was a big day for New York’s megabrand sportswear and ready-to-wear designers, with major shows from Carolina Herrera, Tommy Hilfiger, and — celebrating her 30th anniversary in business — Donna Karan, the creator of a simple system of wardrobe essentials she once called “seven easy pieces.” Judging by her collection, shown on Wall Street at the end of a long day, Karan was less interested in reminiscing about her history than demonstrating that her inventive, mysterious, and provocative streak is still alive and well.
We’re in the throes of New York Fashion Week, and the award for the most elaborate runway goes to…Tommy Hilfiger. In fact, InStyle Fashion News Director Eric Wilson and Senior Market Editor/Digital Correspondent Dana Avidan-Cohen were so impressed they decided to document their reaction from the back of the cab post-show.
For fall/winter 2014, the designer was inspired by the “great American outdoors,” and let’s just say he really committed to the theme, landscaping the Park Avenue Armory into a full Swiss Alps-esque set, complete with a ski lodge (with abandoned skis perched here and there), larger-than-life boulders and scattered pine trees, all blanketed in fake snow.
It was a spectacle, sure, but it ended up being the perfect backdrop for the collection that was packed with wearable, vibrant plaids (checkered on various textiles, including wool-cashmere, mohair, and silk), shearling bombers, chunky oversize knits, and blanket gowns—basically, outward-bound clothing reimagined for the modern-day adventurer. The rugged “mountaineering” spirit was unmistakable, but so was the luxe effect, in large part due to the rich velvets and buttery leathers.
Designer: Diane von Furstenberg
Location: Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street
What was it like: Aptly titled “Bohemian Wrapsody,” this collection commemorates the 40th anniversary of DVF’s iconic wrap dress. Guests were treated to a live performance by St. Vincent.
Why we love the collection: The DVF woman is always glamorous, well-traveled and a bit of a free spirit, much like the designer herself. For fall, she focused on pieces that are perfect for a globe-trotting “vagabond.” This translated into cocoon coats, chiffon gowns, and jewel-toned fur. And, of course, there were plenty of modern takes on the simple style that DVF made famous four decades ago. The designer closed the show with an ode to the wrap dress, reimagined in shimmering gold, with matching confetti falling from the ceiling.
— Violet Gaynor
And the countdown has begun! There’s only a little more than a week left until the fall/winter 2014 collections debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which means you only have a finite amount of time to memorize the schedule before the fashion frenzy hits Manhattan (and Brooklyn, this time around). Read ahead for a breakdown of when and where your favorite designers are showing this season.
Calling all fans of Zooey Deschanel‘s style! This April, you will easily be able to emulate the star’s quirky vintage ways, thanks to her upcoming collection with Tommy Hilfiger. Sweetly titled “To Tommy, From Zooey,” the line will include 16 flirty dresses that mirror Deschanel’s personal style, crafted in a signature Hilfiger palette of red, white, and blue. The flattering silhouettes range from classic coat and shirtdresses to specialty peek-a-boo styles, with prints hidden inside the pleats. Crisp, mod-shapes are combined with graphic color-blocking and nautical touches—creating a look Deschanel calls “Modical.” Bright and upbeat, the capsule captures the buoyant and youthful attitude of the 1960s. Crafted in materials like pique and oxford cloth, modish prints, silks, and linens, the dresses will be more than easy to wear.
“Working with Tommy on this capsule collection has been really amazing,” says Deschanel. “I am a fashion fanatic and I am always looking for new ways to incorporate vintage, feminine pieces into my own wardrobe. Tommy and I share many of the same inspirations—old school music, classic films and old Hollywood icons—and his guidance during the design process helped to put a really unique twist on each piece.” 14 of the dresses launch at Macy’s stores and on macys.com April 14th, before all 16 are available (along with an exclusive selection of jewelry and handbags designed by Deshcanel) on tommy.com April 21st. Prices for the collection range from $98 to $199—making it easy to cop Deschanel’s adorable fashion sense without breaking the bank. Want more of Deschanel’s style? See her best looks ever in our gallery.
And no, we’re not talking about the clothing! Designers went all out in decorating their catwalks for Fashion Week by setting the tone and scene with landscapes, props, and yes, even fragrance. While fashion shows run for only a few minutes, the runway designs this year got as detailed and staged as a full-day photo shoot to really give the audience a look at the designer’s vision. Tommy Hilfiger took viewers on a trip to the beach, decorating the venue in sand and weathered wood against a sky blue backdrop, while Vera Wang complemented her sporty ensembles with a chromed-out glass effect. In one of the more scent-sational takes on Fashion Week, Prabal Gurung pumped a heady mix of Bulgarian rose and amber into New York City’s Skylight at Moynihan Station to further emphasize his vision of “the preservation of an elegant woman.” The venue was lined in a mirrored finish, while a plastic rectangular prism hung from the ceiling, where models stood inside before taking a walk down the runway. But that’s not all — DKNY allowed spectators to get in on the fun with an open-air atmosphere, and Opening Ceremony’s girls got the five-star treatment, getting chauffeured onto the catwalk in Fast and Furious-esque muscle cars. With all the exciting new additions to this season’s shows, we’re wondering, what’s next for fall 2014? Models hitting the runway from a helicopter? Only time will tell!
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