New York Fashion Week continues despite the polar vortex sweeping the city and our girl Indigo Clarke has been reporting on all the action just for you. Read on as the fashion journo fills us in on day number three – including David Beckham sightings and chocolate-covered walls, as well as all the stunning catwalk looks of course…
It’s always shamelessly exciting to catch a glimpse of David Beckham at his wife Victoria Beckham’s show each season, and for AW14 the fashion crowd caught a glimpse of the entire family as they stepped out onto the catwalk before the show. The collection that followed proved an instant crowd pleaser too – unfussy and ladylike structured ensembles conceived almost entirely in crisp winter white and chic black, save for a singular vermilion dress and black and red wool overcoat with leather lapels. Gone were the sleek mini-skirts and dresses Beckham has sent out seasons before, replaced by longer hemlines and effortless and easy, looser fitting silhouettes. Striking gold chain detailing along waists and necklines offered a hint of bling, while the final floor-sweeping pleated evening dresses delivered a touch of Hollywood glamour.
In a raw white-washed SoHo warehouse, Band of Outsiders presented its super-cool ’60s mod vision for AW14. The presentation saw fresh-faced look-alike models, each sporting large round-framed sunglasses and perfectly coiffed ponytails, standing against a white wall covered with crude trompe l’oeil drawings of doorways and bedroom items. The background art mirrored prints throughout the collection, including a black patent leather cape with trompe l’oeil front pockets and toggles and white pencil skirt with drawn-on zip, pocket, waistband and stitch detailing. The humble duffel coat got a major revamp, crafted out of eye-catching silver grey, brown and black fur. Pretty floral print dresses and playful tartan skirts and coats rounded out the dolly-meets-tomboy looks.
At Derek Lam the mood was playfully clashing, as boxy and sleek cuts and seemingly incongruous colour combinations collided. While it might sound a little messy, the multifaceted result was surprisingly clean and sophisticated. Hemlines were lengthened, sitting modestly below the knee, with silhouettes ranging between elegantly oversized and expertly tailored. The palette was particularly interesting, ranging from modish duck egg blue, tan and grey to racing green, crisp white, cream, pale pink and black – one patchwork leather pencil skirt combining a variety of bold hues, chicly paired with a sharp black blazer.
Dying for a little fun at the end of a long snowy day, Opening Ceremony delivered with a collection shown against a wall dripping with Belgian chocolate. It was pretty ridiculously good – the audience were even allowed to dip their fingers into it, and for the more civilised attendees, cups of hot chocolate were on offer. As for the actual clothing on show, guys and girls hit the catwalk in cool, ultramodern wares in rich colorways – the vibrant palette kicking off with forest green, navy, black and caramel, and graduating through to include popping red, clean white, pale grey, rust, coral and purple. Shapes were graphic and bold, as striking skirts and dresses flaunted asymmetrical hemlines and extreme volume. Prints were pop-tastic, with oversize polka-dots adorning sweaters and skirts, stripes on cute day dresses and vivid hand-prints on cropped trousers stealing the spotlight. The elaborate outfits throughout were layered to perfection, offering an updated take on the current ’90s grunge craze.
Look out for more NYFW reports from Indigo on Inside-Out this week.