New York Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Alexander Wang

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Models at the Alexander Wang show for his AW14/15 collection stood robotic and warrior-like with their black slicked and combed down hair and pale faces.  An initial set of grey, muted styles – stiff shift dresses and jackets with multi-pockets – gave way to brighter shades of azure blue and chartreuse, before a finale of heat-activated looks that changed colour before onlookers’ eyes.

It was another collection that highlighted comfort for the winter season. Layering; polo necks and light-weight jackets, over the knee riding boots and safari vests created this season’s vision of Wang’s casually cool downtown style.

Whilst I won’t personally be clamouring for the clothes from this collection, the accessories are another matter.  As Vogue described, the bags were “more like belts slung over shoulders streaming in flask holders, camera and iPhone cases. A place for everything.”  There was also a camera bag with a hook for a water bottle. Fashion and function right there, Blog Reader.

Photos: Sonny Vandevelde.

New York Fashion Week Series: 4. Victoria Beckham SS13

Fresh and feminine body conscious dresses, block colour simplicity, a little lingerie inspiration and the introduction of separates (bias cut skirts and short shorts). I have to give it to Victoria Beckham I really like how she is evolving as a designer.

I had expected to see another collection of fitted dress after fitted shift dress but I liked the new separates and had a surprising amount of affection for the A line skirts – styles that usually terrify me as they remind me of badly fitted school uniform days*.  A little sporty perhaps and very aesthetically pleasing with the geometric influences running throughout (I like that kind of structure) – Victoria Beckham SS13 was a hit with me.

Beckham still included dresses within the collection; my favourite was a nude dress with bodice detail (image top) like a second skin against the body.  Another favourite (image below) – a crisp white dress with broderie anglaise cotton sections cut around the chest.  Because of the simplicity in the designs this season, I felt Beckham was a wearable collection indeed.

Images: Vogue.

*Mum if you are reading this, this is not your fault. I merely blame my school for their choices, especially those awful blazers.

New York Fashion Week Series: 3. Rodarte

Kate and Laura Mulleavy – the sisters behind Rodarte - have a special place in my heart for their quirky and romantic designs.  I always feel they offer something unique and ethereal season after season and this September was no exception.

Opening Ceremony’s blog described Rodarte’s spring summer 2013 collection as “a bit Dungeons and Dragons” combined with a little punk rock and new wave.  They continued:

“Structured bodices, shimmery fabrics, hologram sculptural shoes, fringed vests and leather grommet pants are all part of the look.” ~ Rory Satran, Opening Ceremony.

Vogue observed a sci-fi lean in the collection.  I thought it was an interesting mix of inspirations from different eras and worlds; medieval times, intergalactic battles and elvish charm.  (My lovely Twitter friend Krista suggested that Arwen might approve of the gowns).  Dresses came complete with body-armour – shoulder and breast plates – and chain mail style belts.

Karlie Kloss and Lindsey Wixson on the catwalk gave the show a helluva lot of oomph.

Finally the accessories get honorable mention this season. Dragon ear cuffs and rose necklaces, you say?

Kate Mulleavy told Dazed Magazine:

There were so many layers to this and to pull it all together one of things we thought we were going to need more of was metal jewellery. It was based on bridging this idea of something that is rooted more in baroque and making it modern.”

Once again, I’m more than a little in love with Rodarte’s new collection. Now pass the sword, who’s for live role play?!

You can view the entire spring summer 2013 by Rodarte on Vogue.  Catwalk images here, also Vogue.