DISPATCHES FROM NYFW: INDIGO CLARKE

It’s that time of year again! Fashion month is officially here and last week the style set jetted off to New York for the first instalment of AW14 catwalk shows. And although us Topshop girls are busy preparing for our Unique show at London Fashion Week on Sunday, we sent fashion writer and New York resident Indigo Clarke along to report on all the Manhattan action for you. Clarke has written for nearly every fashion publication under the sun – from Harper’s Bazaar and Elle, to LULA and SHOWstudio, so we knew you’d be in safe hands with her. Read on as she gives us the skinny of her first two days on the front row.

Photo by Jason Lloyd-Evans

In the throes of a ‘polar vortex’, New York’s fashion pack has been forced to wear woolly layer upon layer to stay warm amidst the sleet and snow this NYFW. To lighten the wintry mood, the always unique Suno offered a killer collection inspired in turns by ’70s bohemia and ’90s rave. Featuring raw-edge dresses with medieval lace-up necklines and sleeves, duchesse satin shifts with crafty multicoloured embroidery and striking polka-dot and stripe silk asymmetric dresses, the collection hinted at an old-world aesthetic. Moving away from the hand-made looks and onto a retro-future vibe, looks included statement metallic leather and silk dresses and separates that impressively fused chic ’60s mod with ‘90s raver style.

Photo by Jason Lloyd-Evans

The next day at Altuzarra, it was all about effortlessly chic outerwear in brilliant colour. Beginning with a long, lean navy and royal blue overcoat belted at the waist for a slim ’70s-inspired silhouette, with variations in black and cream, teal, camel and a bold ’80s khaki and hot pink combo, the collection included daring multi-hued mink coats and stylish shearling jackets and coats in winter white and classic black. Aside from the outerwear, wishlist-worthy pieces included sultry silk evening dresses and standout woven dresses with fringed hems.

Herve Leger was on an altogether more cinematic tangent for AW14, with a dark and stormy vision involving corset-inspired detailing, feathers and fur. While the label may be renowned for their straightforward body-con confections beloved by celebrities including Kim Kardashian, this season’s collection appeared to be the wardrobe of a sophisticated super-villain. Sleek black and grey dresses featured cut-outs exposing skin, with thick fringed skirts in contrasting colours creating a flippy and fun silhouette. Risqué open-toed thigh-high black boots and oversize leather and fur motorbike jackets completed the bold future-gothic looks, sported by models with high pony tails streaked with fluoro colour. A skin-tight black jumpsuit and dramatic deep purple dress with snakeskin detailing and intimidating black feather sleeves brought to mind ensembles from The Hunger Games, while sexy bandage midriff tops, high-waisted mini and knee-length skirts and jacquard-knit dresses in popping orange, cream and gold were classic Leger.

Look out for more NYFW reports from Indigo on Inside-Out this week.