Just as we’re beginning to shed layers for the year’s first rays of sunshine, the models of New York Fashion Week are (mostly) wrapping up warm for the catwalk and the autumn/winter shows. Unfortunately, there’s been a problem with the transatlantic post over recent months, so our VIP invitations ended up on Drew Barrymore’s doormat, right next to her cowboy hat. What’s up with that? I guess Anna Wintour’s apologetic Harvey Nics hamper got lost in the post, too. It’s okay, Anna, we’ll make sure everything goes smoothly for the spring/summer shows. See you in the Big Apple!
In the meantime, we’re trawling the internet to bring you our favourite Fashion Week moments, as documented by the best sources out there. Without further ado, here is your first dose:
♥ BALMAIN ♥
Balmain’s ready-to-wear collection signaled a significant departure from the ever popular Baroque beading of recent collections, but in this departure Olivier Rousteing has compromised none of the fashion house’s class and style. Men were shown alongside women for AW13, and, typically, the latter wore the strongest outfits. We can see any of the looks above turning heads in the street for all the right reasons. If you happen to be a wealthy Eastern-European aristocrat and know the secret password or whatever it is you need to demand an entire runway look, whatever the cost, DO IT.
♥ ORGANIC by JOHN PATRICK ♥
‘Organic’ is a word that’s been buzzing for far too long, but somehow it seems totally relevant to this beautifully minimal collection. Instead of attempting to describe it with pretentious sentences, I though I’d try using pretentious words and phrases instead: nude, diaphanous, ivory, camel, fur, slip, breeze, that girl’s legs are too thin, white, sea, nature, grey, she doesn’t even eat organic food, androgyny, beauty, black, tailored, she doesn’t look healthy, LBD, those shoes look like stormtroopers from Star Wars, snood, skirt, pink shock, fluoresce.
♥ YIGAL AZROUEL ♥
Although not the most innovative collection on the runway, Yigal Azrouel’s AW13 collection does offer up a very wearable, goth-come-art-teacher brand of chic. Of particular note are the spookily identical models (pictured above) and the abundance of fur snoods—comforting and unsettling at the same time, a bit like Nigella Lawson’s smile.
♥ RAG & BONE ♥
Out of the snowstorm which is currently tearing through New York City, the Rag & Bone show, brainchild of collaborators Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, reminded us what it feels like to be all warm and comfortable. The colour palette really was autumnal, moving from blacks and greys to teals, purples, greens and browns, all shot through with splashes of bright orange and blue. Whilst the eclectic layering might not be to everyone’s taste, there’s no denying that they delivered some standout ready-to-wear pieces.