Monday, September 8, 2014

Snippets from New York's Fall Fashion Week 2014

Wraithlike and pale (except for the occasional woman of color), the zombie-esque high fashion models glide and pose in tantalizingly brief glimpses of the season's hottest (and coolest) fashion looks. So far, idioms spotted in New York's Fall Fashion Week 2014 include a return to tasteful classics and '60s attire, accompanied by the usual quota of sternum baring. (Above and left, designs by Jason Wu. Oh how those bones stick out! Below, outfits by Ralph Rucci and Marc Jacobs.)
"Rucci’s spring collection was filled with experiments in texture and transparency, the tension between good taste and tawdriness" writes Robin Givhan of The Washington Post. "A floor-length satin skirt in an abstract chocolate print is worn with a transparent chiffon shirt and an embroidered bra. An ivory pantsuit looks utterly simple until the model turns away to reveal a tiny keyhole opening in the jacket’s back seam just below the nape of the neck – a wink to an incorrigible voyeur."
At right is a lovely Belle Époque evocation by Monique L'Huillier. Below, Marchesa seemed to have mined the past as well.
Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery seems a bit like a little girl lost at the Marc Jacobs show. And Uma Thurman looks pretty devastatin' at the Carolina Herrera do, wouldn't you say?
Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour is a fixture at the toniest events. Here she sits with retired soccer star David Beckham and son Brooklyn at the Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2015 show. (AP Photo/Richard Drew.) Below are some of the former Spice Girl's creations.
If you couldn't toddle off to New York and yearn to contemplate fashion in historical perspective, we have some beautifully illustrated books on the subject—including ones on the styles of Paris and Berlin; the singular artistry of Jean Muir; the high-fashion footwear of Beth Levine, Mabel Julianelli, and Salvatore Ferragamo; a life of the influential and colorful tastemaker Diana Vreeland; Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations (from the Met's superb show contrasting their work); Roberto Capucci: Timeless Creativity (stunning and extravagant creations by "the father of Italian fashion"); an overview of designer bags (The Handbag: To Have & to Hold); historical books such as Fashion in the 1920s, The Victorian Tailor: An Introduction to Period Tailoring and Fashion in the Time of The Great Gatstby; and many how-to books on sewing or knitting your own couture.
Above, an artsy dress by Alexander Wang. "Wang’s collections exude frenetic energy – a gulping down of life’s daily stimuli. Watching one of his shows is a bit like mainlining the Internet…. Nicki Minaj, Miguel and Rihanna sit in the front row keeping the crowd happily gawking until show time."—Robin Givhan, Washington Post


  1. I see the fashion among fashion book titles is "The Colon: Grammatical Equal Sign or Berlin Wall of Words?"
    Not fond of Victoria's fashion sense. The third from the left looks like it was thrown together during a power outage.
    I bought a long dress for summer and find now everyone catching up. Nice to be on the fraying edge of fashion!

    1. I know, there was some weird stuff thrown in there ... the vagaries of search programs. But then, you never know when serendipity will strike!
      Good on you for the long dresses--maxis are back!

    2. the third from the left in Beckham's pic looks like she's trying on layers at the Salvation Army!

  2. I like the phrase 'zombie-esque' applied to many of these women; they often appear quite terrifying, no matter what they're wearing.

    The Marchesa women, in fact, look like they would feel right at home in one of those many Vincent Price movies from the 1950s.

  3. I must say they are doing quite good i mean the sort of work is coming out its more like trend setters which is a very good thing,

    Beautiful Fashion