New York fashion week is a interesting kind of fashion dessert. I always look forward to it and then end up with very few collection that capture my heart and imagination. The initial excitement blurs into a cloudy disappointment and I move on feeling a little bit empty as if I was served that dessert without that vitally important cherry on top.
"Ugh, those square sleeves again," I mumbled to myself as the first collections appeared on style.com As somebody who does appreciate the architectural shapes of fashion, I don't do square sleeves... Not because they are unsightly - no, on their own, square sleeves are fine. It is when they are a part of the dress worn by a regular woman (read - average height, average size), they don't do her any favours whatsoever. Naturally, it hurts my eye and it's a painful experience I do not enjoy at all.
And then New York surprised me. With the new names and gorgeous shapes and materials. It turned out to be so delightful and wonderful that I felt practically greedy collecting photos of every collection that I loved.
I discovered new favourites. I fell in love with some of my old ones all over again. I skipped a few for they just didn't feel right this season or reminded me of something I've seen before. Here is my final round-up, my four most favourite collections that I will remember as the essence of New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014.
It's been a fantastic, absolutely fantastic year for the Madrid-based Delpozo. The truly unforgettable Fall/Winter 2014 collection designed by Joseph Font was only the second one presented by the brand at NYFW, but what a show it was! Inspired by the paintings of Duilio Barnabe, the ethereal and architectural creations including structured A-line shaped overcoats, dresses and skirts followed by light as air beaded chiffon frocks and embroidered mohair knits, seem to live the couture life of their own and yet somehow enhancing the beauty of a woman wearing them.
These indulgent and cosy looks from the Helmut Lang Fall/Winter 2014 made me wish I could reach out, grab the clothes and cocoon in them. It made me smile to realise that although women are from Venus (my ruling planet!), it is the Mars-inspired collection that gave me a feel of a happy place.
Wes Gordon's Fall 2014 collection captured "the city after the rain" elegance so beautifully! The soft silk fabrics shimmered like the rain-kissed side-walks, the floaty organza skirts were like clouds and fogs tamed with the structured, almost military style, jackets or casual and luxurious knits. A touch of Chantilly lace here, a burst of burgundy or rust, the combination of textures certainly created a formula of youthful, modern and timeless glamour. Honestly, this collection made me fall in love with the boy from the Gone with the wind land who designed it.
There are very few things that would make a woman feel beautiful and protected from the elements on a cold winter day than one of these gorgeous dresses from the Calvin Klein Fall/Winter 2014 collection. It felt both urban and comforting, yet gave a feeling of sensuality in a way each dress was moulding around the body wrapping it in layers of cashmere and mohair embedded with sequins. Back to Earth that feels like Heaven...
Photo source: Backstage at Wes Gordon Fall/Winter 2014 show via hauteinhabit.com, runway photos via style.com