You might be gearing up to get into fall’s cozy sweaters and oversized coats but the fashion industry is already eager to suggest what you might want to wear next season. Live from fashion week in New York, these are the collections and pieces we think you should add to your spring shopping list
BCBG: We don’t usually get behind half-tucked shirts but BCBG’s chambray oxford is chicly cut with an exaggerated tail that couldn’t be contained inside a pair of pants if you tried. Shirting-inspired pieces and details are all over the Big Apple runways.
Tanya Taylor: This Toronto transplant’s lineup was blooming with hand painted flowers on frocks and blouses appliquéd with oversized blossoms that resembled the chintz posies on grandma’s sofa. Those tops were cut from sheer organza though, making them anything but mumsy.
Helmut Lang: There are lots of interesting angles on New York catwalks including many asymmetrical hemlines and this little black and white bonded wool dress at Helmut Lang. You’ll also likely want to search out designers Nicole and Michael Colovos’ stingray clutches that got better the bigger they got.
Prabal Gurung: Prabal Gurung’s presentation, set inside a fluorescent tube-lit plastic box in the shell of an old midtown post office, was loaded with lots of covetable clothes but it was the sunglasses that stole the show. Created in collaboration with specs label Linda Farrow Projects, they come in asymmetrical, new wave shapes and pastel hues.
Alexander Wang: How is Spring 2014’s take on pajama dressing going to be different from Spring 2013’s version? If Alexander Wang’s collection is any indication, we’re abandoning printed silks for oversized smocks and boxer short bottoms in practical, solid cotton.
Altuzarra: In the spirit of the tank top and ball skirt mix that defined evening wear for a spring season in the late nineties, Joseph Altuzarra is adding a casual touch to formal dressing. Metallic skirts with swags of fabric at the waist and lots of drawstrings are paired with svelte henleys.
Derek Lam: The oversized picnic blanket gingham at Derek Lam stood out from the other windowpane checks on New York catwalks. Wear it as a top, skirt, belt or, as this look illustrates, all at once.
Tommy Hilfiger: The crowd at Tommy Hilfiger was stoked as leather bomber jackets that looked like neoprene wet suits appeared over the dunes on the designer’s radical, surf-inspired runway.