New York Fashion Week is always an exciting time for bloggers. Whether we are running around the tents or sitting at home watching livestreams the week always provides us with lots of inspiration and content for our blogs. The RVAFB group has a really diverse group of bloggers, although we all mostly blog about fashion our blogs and views are very different so we thought it would be fun to hear a few opinions on which collections were the best. Check out these 10 RVAFB members NYFW favorites:
1. Sydney of Chic Stripes: Marissa Webb and Tibi
I like my clothes wearable, so it’s no surprise that while I oohed and ahhed with everyone else over the stunning collections that were Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta, my top two runway shows this season at NYFW were Marissa Webb and Tibi.
I started following Marissa Webb’s Instagram feed sometime after the last NYFW and I love seeing the everyday progress that her line is making. Her feed is more than just glamor shots of herself posing in outfits, but rather it’s comprised of the sewing, the models being fitted, and the nitty gritty work that goes into design. Her F/W13 collection uses materials and layers to perfection. Being a former J. Crew girl, it’s no surprise, but her layers work in an urban way, not as overly preppy. Even her most urban, slouchy looks retain a sense of refinement and polish while her more feminine looks keep a touch of edge – the key to a great and functional wardrobe.
Tibi offers something a little more edgy with an emphasis on sportswear: velvet brushed sweatshirts; solid, textured and printed sweaters; structured dresses that scream “layer me;” and just the right amount of color where it counts. Amy Smilovic, the woman behind Tibi, concentrated on layers for any season with detachable collars, hoods, and turtlenecks (actually, dickies – never thought you’d hear that in conjunction with NYFW did you?). The results? A cool and collected series of outfits that can take you straight from August to February – an absolute win in my book.
Check out more on her blog: chicstripes.wordpress.com
2. Owen of The Style Whale: 3.1 Phillip Lim and Reed Krakoff
My 2 favorite collections from NYFW were 3.1 Phillip Lim and Reed Krakoff. Lim’s collection stayed on trend for the season with the use of leather and fur. The collection was very biker-chick inspired and was nothing of a surprise to avid fans of his edgy, high fashion collections. His use of color, along with the typical neutral tones for fall mixed well together in this urban-chic collection.
Reed Krakoff is urban-chic at it’s best! The focus on minimalism is something I love about a good collection, and that is definitely what Krakoff had in mind; perhaps he was inspired by the Queen of Minimalism, Jil Sander. His focus on tailoring and a dark color palette is what caught my eye at first. He keeps on trend with the use of leather and some fur, and even some crocodile print pieces. Overall, this is easily one of my favorite collections from NYFW.
Check out more on his blog: thestylewhale.com
3. Jenn of Fashionista Jenn: Betsey Johnson and Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs did it for me once again! He rocked New York’s Fashion Week with a breathtaking sepia-tinted inspired light show. Jacobs didn’t use your typical vertical runway. He created a round runway, orb-like with a dim yellow glow in the crowd as if the sun was setting. It was very cinema like. The LA Times described the collection as full of “Chic sleepwalkers, relaxed elegance, larger-than-life, silver screen nostalgia.”I couldn’t agree more with that depiction. The collection portrayed what would be a night in the shoes of glamorous woman. I love how he topped off the looks with fur stoles on several of the outfits. I’m a sucker for fur jackets and pencil skirts, and the looks were like a modern day 50’s woman, which is my favorite era.
Betsey Johnson always ceases to amaze me with her youthful, fun spirited attitude that always transfers into her collections. I’ve always admired her imagination and creativity. If the Spice Girls as a group were to be a fashion brand, her collections would be the image, but this particular season would be the Sporty Spice edition. Her current line was presented less as a runway show and more as party. The designer featured body-con and sheer flowing dresses, but styled with biker jackets, faux fur vests and coats adorned with her signature mark. You can tell the models were having fun and I wanted to be there to enjoy it with them! It also featured a workout routine led by Betsey herself, but the highlight of the show was when she did her signature splits after the final walk. She’s 70 and she’s still go it, so looking forward to her new reality show coming up!
Check out more on her blog: fashionistajenn.blogspot.com
4. Yolanda of Fashn-Ad-Dict: Diesel Black Gold and Proenza Schouler
NYFW was quite exciting with an offering of great trends to look forward to this fall. When it comes to my style, I’m a huge fan of simplicity. Sure – sequins, embroidery and electric colors are great, but black and white is what makes me scream with girlish glee. Therefore, you can imagine how pleased I was to see Diesel Black Gold and Proenza Schouler offering modern and minimalist collections! Diesel Black Gold’s inspiration came from the girlfriend’s of bikers, so there was plenty of leather, sharply tailored pieces, and studs. Proenza Schouler wasn’t quite as badass, rather, much more subtle. The collection featured plenty of black and white with touches of gray, woven leather, tulle, and ostrich feather skirts that added a touch of flair and femininity. If you love strong, confident, tough-girl designs, then these two collections are for you.
Check out more on her blog: fashnaddict.com
5. Paula of Skirt Bouquet: Oscar de la Renta and Jenny Packham
My favorite New York Fashion Week collections were Oscar de la Renta’s and Jenny Packham’s. Oscar de La Renta always wows me! His collection was all about feminine silhouettes with a lot of glamour. The prints were very eye-catching. As usual, I wanted every piece in his collection, though I’m not sure how the models could see where they were going with those hats. Jenny Packham’s collection had two things I’m crazy about: color and shimmer. This combination might easily get too loud, but the metallic color pallet made the dresses very subtle and elegant. The bright gowns really stood out in the midst of the all-black collections of Jason Wu and Marc Jacobs.
Check out more on her blog: www.skirtbouquet.com
6. Tiffany of Shoes and Champagne: Alice + Olivia and Rachel Zoe
My two favorite collections from NYFW were Rachel Zoe & Alice + Olivia. Zoe’s collection features three trends I’m obsessed with- fur, leather & sequins. The camel colored pieces mixed with cream made my heart melt. Gorgeous! Of course A+O never fails me, I love all of their collections. The pieces were super feminine with the use of lace, sparkly brocade & a little hint of feathers. Both collections were fabulous and I can’t wait to see what each designer brings to the table come September.
Check out more on her blog: shoeschampagne.blogspot.com
7. Anett of Frsh Squeezed: Diane Von Furstenberg and Prabal Gurung
This time around New York Fashion Week brought many outstanding collections with it, including my 2 favorite collections Prabal Gurung and Diane von Furstenberg. Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2013 RTW collection most likely caught my eye because I am still mesmerized by his collaboration with Target. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of those pieces, and I cannot wait to wear them! His show last week in New York had a completely different look to it, including harnesses and cut-out chunky knit sweaters. I love the fact that he continued this year’s trend of military green, but this time he combined it with peplum silhouettes in almost every piece of clothing: coats accessorized with belts by the waist, highly structured blazers, even dresses with peplum details. My favorite look from the show was a military green jacket with a huge fur collar and black leather trimmings – I would love to have that as my statement piece next fall!
Diane von Furstenberg had some huge patterns printed on bright colored dresses, but in her collection the busier patterns caught my eye the most, especially when she paired it with the red. What I adored most about DVF’s collection was the high number of printed jumpsuits that walked down the runway. I am falling in love with thiS trend of onesies and I cannot wait to try it out this spring! Oh and Diane, could you please send me one of those red cloud print dress shirts with the shiny hot pink pantsuit please?
Check out more on her blog: www.frshsqueezed.com
8. Larissa of RVA Fashion Girl: J Brand and Kate Spade
There were so many amazing Fall/ Winter 2013 collections shown at NYFW earlier this month but 2 that really stuck out for me were Kate Spade’s and J Brand’s. I have a bit of a split personality when it comes to my style so the J Brand collection really spoke to my “edgy chic” side and my love of “girly glam” was why I loved the Kate Spade collection.
Most people automatically think denim when thinking about J Brand but after launching their apparel line a year ago I have kept my eye on them ever since. This season was their first time presenting at NYFW and they did not disappoint. I can’t get enough of the leather trend so I really loved their loose leather pants and cropped motorcycle jackets especially in white and blush. I also really liked the chunky knit sweaters paired with skinny pants and the sexy black jumpsuit.
My second favorite was Kate Spade’s NYC inspired collection. I loved the obvious nods to NYC like the taxi inspired shoes and was mesmerized by the bright pinks, oranges, and yellows that popped up through out the collection. My other favorite elements were the of splashes of leopard print, the lipstick printed pants, the chic structured bags, the fun hats, and the beautifully embellished coats. If I could I would wear this entire collection head to toe!!
Check out more on her blog: rvafashiongirl.blogspot.com
9. Alicia of River City Chic: BCBG Max Azria and Jason Wu
The whirlwind known as New York Fashion Week came and went this year in the blink of an eye. After two seasons of volunteering and being backstage during NYFW, I was a little disappointed that my hectic class schedule prevented me from traveling to NYC to be a part of the action. However, with Twitter, Instagram, and Style.com, I was transported to the runways and didn’t miss out on any of the stunning collections.
My first favorite collection was from BCBG Max Azria. With the exception of the thigh-high leather leggings paired with every look, the BCBG fall 2013 collection was refreshing and incredibly wearable. The grunge-inspired layered looks and bold use of prints gave the mid-range label a high fashion feel. BCBG even managed to make beanies look glamorous, which is a trend that my hair and I can totally get with.
My second favorite collection was by Jason Wu. While Wu is best known for outfitting our exceptionally sophisticated First Lady, his Fall 2013 collection definitely had a sexier, edgier feel. The graphic black and white color palette with the pops of red gave this collection a luxe, glossy attitude. Wu described this collection as “extreme femininity,” and with flowing pleats, fitted silhouettes and prim details, he certainly brought the glamour.
Check out more on her blog: www.rivercitychic.com
10. Kiara of Mosaic Union: Alice + Olivia and J Crew
The hustle and bustle that is known as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has faded away however, the fashion imprint left by this event is far from a memory. J Crew never disappoints for me. These colorful separates prove that print and pattern are here for another season and it’s all about how you put the pieces together. These game changing separates are bound to create some of the season’s hottest looks the fall. As the focus was not completely on innovation, creativity and quality are what will make these simply crafted pieces shopping favorites. The pairing of old things in new ways proved to be a win, as layering and print mixing were staples in this collection. Consistency is key and J Crew is one line that will excite me every time.
The Alice and Olivia presentation soothed my soul with bold statement pieces all encompassed in a neutral palate. While opposite of the previous line as print and pattern are concerned, texture was definitely toyed with in creating some of these looks. There was a little something to please every fashionista in this collection. Leather was a prominent player throughout, while fur, tulle, and a few knitted pieces made an appearance as well.
Check out more on her blog: mosaicunion.com