Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week officially came to a close yesterday and I wanted a chance to look at as many of the collections as possible before sharing a few of my faves for spring/summer 2014. After perusing dozens of photo galleries and watching video streams all this week, I managed to narrow down my lengthy list of favorites to just four. Take a look:
Oscar de la Renta
Elegant, sophisticated and timeless are the words I’ll use to describe Mr. de la Renta’s take on spring/summer 2014. Any one of these looks would be just as chic five years from now. I could totally see First Lady Michelle Obama or Beyonce or Kerry Washington in this collection. And let’s not even get into how fierce Joan Smalls’ and Karlie Kloss’ walks are . . . takes me back to the days when supermodels ruled the world.
My favorite look: Around the 7:30 mark there’s an ensemble — complete with a cap-sleeved embellished crop top, shimmery tulle skirt with a train and embellished pointy toe ankle boots (all in a creamy off-white hue) — that immediately made me think of a young, fashion forward bride.
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough have a way of making their clothes feel modern and edgy, while still managing to weave in some sophistication with their designs. Who knew culottes could be cool again? The abstract prints mixed with the muted color palette of nude, blush pink, black, off-white and subtle pops of burgundy and metallic gold and bronze makes these pieces wearable with just about anything.
My favorite look: It’s no secret that I love a great jacket/coat. There’s a calf-length cream and black coat dress with gold hardware in this collection that’s totally swoon-worthy (get a glimpse of it around the 0:45 mark). Oh, and I absolutely want a pair of those cut-out platform booties with the wooden heels. These guys sure do know how to construct a killer heel don’t they? Remember these?
I definitely got an old school vibe with this collection — you know, back when people dressed up in the ’50s and ’60s just because — and I loved it. It was very “ladies who lunch AND vacation at Martha’s Vineyard” without being too stuffy. Easy, breezy and fabulous all at the same time. You could mix and match these pieces with trendier items in your closet for the perfect blend of old and new.
My favorite look: Trouser pants are like a great pair of jeans to me — you can never have enough pairs in your closet. Around the 2:20 mark you’ll notice a model rocking a pair of khaki-colored trouser pants with a gray sweater layered over top a white button down and draped in a fur stole (love, love, loveeee!). I think the model might actually have on flats, but I could definitely see wearing this look with a pair of colored pointy toe heels — say, in an olive green or navy blue leather with tassels.
There’s a reason why all of the really fly girls love Jason Wu — he knows how to make clothes that fit amazingly well on a woman’s body. He sent slinky curve-hugging frocks down the runway in a shimmery gauze-thin fabric paired with safari-styled jackets and trench coats. He even through a couple of pair of tailored Bermuda shorts and slim fit pants into the mix worn with oversized blazers and chic anoraks. Another standout piece included a taupe sleeveless tuxedo dress that was too die for!
My favorite look: Sometimes simplicity is best and that’s why the look at the 0:20 mark stands out for me. It’s a sequined tank paired with an ivory midi-length pencil skirt, ankle strap sandals and a matching clutch. There’s no need for piling on the accessories with this one, because the top does all the talking. This look would be perfect for a date night or an after work cocktail reception when worn with a blazer and pointy toe pump.
READERS’ TAKE: Did you get a chance to check out the spring/summer 2014 collections online or in-person? Which were your faves? Share in the comments.
Keep it stylish,