Layering has taken a different path this Fall RTW season and with this crazy cold weather going down right now, it seems appropriate. The leggings underneath the knee length shorts is a quick and easy fix to staying warm and looks ultra chic. If the legging has texture or a wild print, even better! Also, the long sleeve shirt under a roomier top totally resonates with any 90's Grunge lover!
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The love for black and neutral tones has weakened in me after seeing the M Missoni and Creatures of Comfort Fall RTW 2014 shows. Both brands did an impeccable job at contrasting bold colors in a way that seems attainable to recreate in real like. The silhouettes were kept simple, but the print and texture was what defined the two collections. It feels like a merging between the past and future in a way that doesn't seem outlandish or remote.
Everything about Dion Lee's new collection is on-point in regards to setting innovative trends. You can see she took advantage of showcasing the athletic open toed sandals with no shame and experimented with future forward, tech-friendly graphic prints. The future is shaping up, with the help of designers such as Dion, and defining a aesthetic that will most likely define this current time.
The heritage kick back brand Carhartt has been making a comeback on the streets and I could not love this any more since it ignites nostalgia for the simpler times when I grew up in the country, crushing on boys whose standard uniform consisted of plaid, sherling denim jackets, Chuck Taylors and Carhartt. I really hope they re-brand and make it so that they appeal to the younger generation who may not get the history behind them. If you find yourself to be one of the previous mentioned, here's the lowdown on the company: Founded in 1889 in Dearborn, Michigan-they established themselves as a workwear brand that specialized in jackets, coats, overalls (!!), vests, coats and jeans. It's always been associated with the agriculture industry, but it looks like they may be a favorite among the fashion elite. We all love ourselves a bit of history behind the clothes we wear on our backs!
New York Fashion Week 2013 RTW is under way, and what better way to kick it off with some insightful, unprofessional commentary? So far, the best has yet to come, but with the designers who did end up showing the first day,the favorite being 10 Crosby Derek Lam, mainly because I want to be that girl.
I must say that J Brand impressed me with their sportswear aesthetic even though it seemed off brand in comparison to their lifestyle oriented denim line. Exploration has never been a bad thing for most brands.
Richard Chai Love's show was relatively lackluster. He seemed to be going back to utilitarian type designs that seem really out-dated in a world where camo is just reaching the mainstream masses. I actually prefered the cleaner menswear than I did to it's counterpart.
Lastly, we come to Erin Fetherston. Is she still relevant? Each season passes and her collection's never seem to evolve past the sophisticated coctail dress. If she does, it's usually poorly executed or just plain boring. I get it-she's cute, wears her milkmaid braids with pride and appears to have stepped out of Alice's rabbit hole everyday as she awakes for her high noon tea (English Breakfast, duh).
Also, after looking at her collection at work, my coworker and I had a brief conversation about the importance of the cocktail dress. With this new generation, we both concluded that cocktail dresses aren't as sought after for specific special occasions. Nowadays, I see young ladies and women going towards versatile dresses that translate from day to night. Remixing has become ever so popular and it makes me wonder if designers and brands who are too specialized (cocktail dresses, button down wovens, knits, etc) will end up getting left behind in that old, dusty archive closet of has beens? I'm not calling any of the above mentioned designers this, let's make this very clear, but it's definitely an after thought.