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Take One: Fall 2014 - New York Fashion Week

posted Feb 15, 2014, 11:18 PM by Tiffany T Folsom   [ updated Mar 1, 2014, 1:33 PM ]
    Multiple times a year, designers flock to fashion trend forecasters to absorb their insights and help navigate each new collection.  Fashion is said to be all about the latest trends, but to me I see fashion as art on the body.  Every body is completely different then the other.  Just because something is in trend does not mean it will flatter your figure.

    I have an obsession with looking at all the collections posted on Style.com.  Unfortunately, not every designer is on there, but a fair amount are.  I follow everything from Spring Couture, Fall, Fall Couture, Resort, Spring, to Pre-Fall.  For me, it's a non-stop clicking session from look to look and designer to designer.  I do look for trends, but I mostly look for what is fresh, creative and unique... like a piece of art walking down the runway.

My Favorite Designers:

THREEASFOUR

I'm completely in awe of this collection.  Each look is so organic and unlike anything I have seen this season.  Threeasfour created a cloud-like fantasy that I want to sink myself into.  The whole collection just speaks for itself.  I'm infatuated and I need every single piece! 



DION LEE

Ever since I discovered the Australian based designer a couple of years ago, he has not stopped delivering captivating collections.  I loved his use of snakeskin, crocodile hides and tarnished silver this season.  He did an outstanding job combining unusual soft and heavy weighted fabrics.  I also thought his reptile inspired digital print was beautifully draped.



Donna Karen

I honestly have never been a fan of Donna Karen, but I have to say that this season I was impressed by her collection.  I enjoyed the statement coats, the sheer fabric overlays, draped gowns, thigh high suede boots, feathered looks and the metallic sheer pieces.  I love the direction the designer is heading in and I hope she doesn't drift back to the old.



NEW YORK RUNWAY TRENDS
Oversized Textured Sweaters
Feathered Details
Western Inspired
Wide-Leg Pants
Unique Tights
Fur Coats
Capes
Plaid

T's Favorite's Pieces from this Season:

Tights/Leggings

    I've always been into unique variations of tights and leggings.  To me, they can be the starting off point for any ensemble.  I'm well known for wearing sparkly sheer tights, bright colored leggings, and lacy or deconstructed tights.  This season at New York Fashion Week, the first thing I resonated with were the tights and leggings. 

There were insanely colored tights at Libertine and Marcus Tondon.


    Sparkly and metallic geometric tights at Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka and Marchesa.

   

    Leather leggings at T by Alexander Wang with neon accented piping.


    When I saw Rag and Bone's collection, I immediately resonated with it.  I love to wear sheer footless tights in various colors.  They add a unique pop to any outfit.  My usual choice is navy because it goes with almost everything.


My favorite tights this season were by Alice & Olivia.  The design house took the classic back seamed tight and created something new and chic with it.  "I don't have a dirty mind, I have a sexy imagination."  I think that is an incredible statement to have in cursive up the back seam of a pair of tights.  I need them ASAP.



Sheer Exposure


I found some unusual pieces at Brandon Sun, Herve Leger, Jill Stuart, Monique Lhuillier, Ralph Rucci and Tess Giberson.  Each look is so different, but I felt they shared a common theme of translucency over the body.  Through the layering of laces, sheer fabric, strips of leather, beading and delicate deconstructed knits, each designer created a beautiful piece that exposed various parts of the body.



Prints/Metallics/Embroideries


Clover Canyon had a stunning placement print in a couple variations.  I loved the fitted dress with the laser cut out leather at the bottom.  Lela Rose had a cool hombre printed dress that I thought was intriguing with an asymmetrical top.  Zimmermann created a stand out black, grey and white off the shoulder asymmetrical dress.  I loved the combination of the print and the asymmetry of the piece.  I'm dying to see it on a red carpet some time this year!  Pamella Roland's sheer sequined metallic dress reminded me of the Chrysler Building.  It's one of my favorite buildings in the world and I think this dress reflects its unique ornate beauty.  Sass & Bide's gold embroidered white mini dress felt like delicate armor.  I think it would make the perfect date dress!



Textured and Printed Coats


I am enamored with these textured, printed coats.  Donna Karen and Josie Natori are the two New York designers this season that know how to make statement coats!  They are even perfectly styled to a T.  J'adore!




Oversized Sweatshirts

Oversized sweatshirts are a huge trend even right now.  I haven't been a fan because I know they make me look extremely bulky, but Prabal Gurung designed one that I am so captivated by!  I love the various textures and color blocking.  


Overall, it was a memorable week in New York, but I am beyond excited for Europe.

Lets see what London's got.