Mercedes Benz Fashion Week NYC A/W 2014 Collections - Who Did We Like Most?

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By: Ksenniya Grisé

The New York fashion week has come to an official end. Industry gurus have already headed to London, leaving New York streets a little more boring in terms of color and style. The weather in the Big Apple decided to say “buy” to the fashion week in its usual snowy way. No more fashion obsession, no more photographers on the streets. Back to reality. No, back to work! We need to digest everything that we’ve seen on the New York runways and then present it to the customers and readers in our stores and magazine editorials. Endless process… It was indeed a great week! This season we were lucky to watch so many amazing collections. The most notable features of the New York runways were the abundance of textures, gorgeous palette of different pastel and neutral shades, various minimalistic silhouettes and asymmetries. 

Who did we like the most? Hard to say. All of the fashion insiders have their own preferences depending on their personal style and the style of the company they work for (which most of the times are the correlated concepts and bad for them, if not). 

I personally enjoyed the perfect color palette of the finest wool and cashmere from The Row, the crazy game of prints and volumes at Proenza Schouler, and, being a girl who wants to be a princess, I fell in love with the Scottish motifs in the collection of Marchesa ‘s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig.

I would also mention charming sunny collection of 3.1 Phillip Lim, anniversary collection of BCBG Max Azria and always-elegant Victoria by Victoria Beckham, my long time favorite. 

Who else… The debut collection of Jason Wu for Hugo Boss proved that the designer was more than the right choice for the classical German brand as Wu was able to keep its tailored menswear spirit and smartly apply it to the women’s line. I didn’t see a lot of Jason Wu in the collection, but I felt a lot of Hugo Boss in it, and this is amazing for the first collection.Alexander Wang was just something beyond reality. The strategy that the designer had this season can be described as “be different, think outside of the box, break the boundaries…” The show and the collection itself widened the gigantic creativity of Alexander Wang (my colleagues from Russia even called me to ask if models were actually girls or boys…) Remarkable collection; it was definitely worth leaving the island. In fact, we sometimes forget how amazing it is to watch the beauty of Manhattan from across the river. We should thank Alexander Wang for reminding us. And what could have been a better final accord than the Marc Jacobs show? Only the Marc Jacobs show under the cloudy sky. Chick, light and transparent collection was just like the clouds above us. Simply, the best possible closing ceremony. Can't wait to use these pieces in our photo shoots. I guess the magazines war for them will be tough. 

After everything that happened in New York, it will be not easy for London to surprise the public. Lets wait what the British capital has to offer. -KG



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