New York Fashion Week 2014 kicked off on February 6 and so far it managed to both impress and surprise us. While some of the Fall 2014 trends were also seen last year, others stood out with their clash of femininity and masculinity. In addition, the fashion showcased in New York had little to do with fall clothing and accessories. In fact, many of the designs were much more suitable for the spring or even the summer.
Heritage fabrics will be big this fall. Plaid, in particular, will be a must-wear. Even though this tendency was seen in the Spring 2014 collections of many designers, it will live on during the autumn. Timo Weiland, Ernest Alexander and Lucio Castro all relied heavily on plaid in their collections. Other heritage fabrics on which you should keep an eye are gingham and houndstooth.
Lace does not seem to get old. It has been among trends over the last year or so. In New York, Carmen Marc Valvo and Tadashi Shoji were the ones that honours the fabric. However, they have made it a bit edgier by combining it with chain mail.
The cropped pants trend will start this spring. However, judging by the latest New York Fashion Week collections, it will continue to the popular all through the autumn. Crop tops will also enjoy some popularity. Still, they will be boxier than before.
Animal prints, furs and feathers were everywhere. BCBGMAXAZARIA used shearling on coats, tunis and panels, while Jason Wu showcased fur handbags and fox jackets. Peter Som, on the other hand, prefer to stock to feathers and animal prints. Nicholas K joined the crowd with some animal-inspired headpieces.
Wild, Wild West
Some fashionistas referred to this trend as “cowboy chic.” It presented a modern version of the Wild, Wild West and Americana. Many of the pieces were equestrian-inspired (blanket coats and boots) and others were really cowboyish (fringe scarves and frayed details). Yet, there was something classy and stylish in them.
The colour that dominated the runways in New York was Oxblood. This nuance of the red could be seen I both women’s and men’s collections. Unlike most of the other fall fashion tendencies, this one seems to match the autumn mood well. David Hart, Nicholas K and Bosideng collection all presented oxblood visions. Nevertheless, teal, caramel, navy, berry tones and gunmetal will also be hot this autumn. Unsurprisingly, the monochrome trend took the catwalks once more, proving that it is here to stay. Black and white combo was modernized thanks to new textures and prints.
- Check out: 2014 Fashion Weeks Calendar
Masculine or Feminine
The answer is “Both and neither.” Many of the women’s fashion collections were inspired by menswear. The results, however, was not masculine but rather androgynous. That was mainly achieved through oversized and sporty clothing and even shoes. As for the feminine, it was replaced by elegance. Audrey Hepburn might have been the central muse of designers since pearls were everywhere.
Fall 2014 fashion trends will be anything but boring… or practical, as a matter of fact. Although they will not really suit the autumn weather, these fashion trends can easily make a statement.