A snowy and cold New York Fashion Week is over, and the designs presented there were all the more welcome for looking to be warm. Collections were, for the most part, fairly restrained in color and cut. Shoes were perhaps the most “out there” accessories, with a few medieval looking spike studded shoes and gladiator-bondage style sandals with torturous heel heights.
As for handbags, Marc Jacobs sent two down the runway that were drool-worthy. A chain handle leather bag in gray and white was the ultimate in city sophistication. Coco Chanel would have been proud. Jacobs also presented a gray crocodile skinned structured bag with a short, adjustable leather handle that prompted a lot of uptown fashion editors and a few stars to think, “Ooh! Gimme!”
But while the collections weren’t as bizarre as they sometimes can be, there were some pieces that did step outside the safe fashion zone. One example was the awesomely pieced-together Joseph Altuzarra black leather dress that some described as straight out of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Altuzarra also presented a classic black swing trench coat that would have been gorgeous atop the leather zipper dress, but which would, come to think of it, look gorgeous atop a burlap sack. It was amazing.
Rag & Bone came out with something that many thought wasn’t possible: sophisticated hooded ponchos. The classic wool fabrics and the color palette of mixed grays gave them a sophistication that you just don’t think about when you think of the word “poncho.” For evening, Jason Wu presented an amazing strapless tulle cocktail dress. What was so special about the dress was that underneath the draped and gathered tulle was an entire layer of feathers.
Not all the shoes seen on the runways were outrageous. Derek Lam showed a pair of black leather boots with roll-down tops that were gorgeous, and for straight-up glamour, the ruffled, tassled platform suede shoes by 3.1 Phillip Lim couldn’t be beat. Fashion week may be over, but it just means we’re that much closer to actually getting to wear some of the awesome styles showcased there.