It was all about the WOW-factor FROW at Michael Kors – Blake, Freida and Rose show how classic American style looks totally modern………
So it is goodbye, for now, to the Big Apple. Often known as the most commercial fashion capital, with Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui thrown in for a bit of colour and camp, now the city that never sleeps has a roster of designers who are trying to break away from that business-like stamp, and become much more fashion forward. The result was a week of shows that often felt odd and at times downright miserable. And as I am never going to get invited to any front row in New York any time soon I am going to throw it out there: this week I saw some of the most awful pieces of design I have ever seen, on some of the thinnest, gauntest most miserable looking models I have ever encountered. I know the apple-pie days of Christie Brinkley and Cindy Crawford are probably over, and that catwalk models have to be slender by trade, but it has got to the stage now that so many people are losing sight of what a woman looks like, or at least dreams of looking like.
However, there were some high points, and it was the ‘big’ names who really delivered: there is a reason why Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch sell, and continue to sell. They produce beautiful clothes that you want to buy. Lauren’s show was particularly beautiful, and some of its simplest outfits were the most effective. Does it matter that they are not cutting-edge? Not really, as it is a rare designer who can both shock and sell at the same time.
There were some questionable hair and make-up looks: at best they were directional, at worst the models look like they needed a good wash. Now matter how avant-garde you are as a designer, you have to remember that beauty and hair looks are vital, and they go hand-in-hand with all of the big commercial beauty brands. If the most beautiful of models look downright downtrodden, how are they going to sell a new lipstick or shampoo?
So it was a strange week overall and I thought the looks at Alexander Wang would have been thrown off Project Runway during the first week. But here are my highlights……….
Ralph Lauren – this beautifully cut sweater and skirt are simply timeless and elegant, with a hint of sexiness. Casual luxurious dressing at its best.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA – the very opposite of minimalism, a dream of a dress, and one for a red-carpet moment.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA – this black leather-trimmed suit may be a bit 1980’s and OTT but I love it. Power dressing, 2014 style!
MICHAEL KORS – as always, the very best in American luxe-style, with fringing and low slung belts added into the mix!
CAROLINA HERRERA – she veered away from her usual style a little but it worked. A lesson in modern taste and elegance.
TORY BURCH – this shirt-dress, dove grey suede boots and leather tote are perfect for daytime dressing.
DVF – this print top and dotted skirt are just beautiful, and the fur bag and sexy shoes ramp up the glam factor. Diane is an amazing designer who knows what real women want to wear!
DVF – this multi-print wrap dress paid homage to 40 years of Diane’s most famous fashion invention. Her vision is simple and unique.
NAOMI WATTS showed how to wear Calvin Klein in style: a powder blue shift dress and clean black accessories showed that sometimes a simple look needs no extras.
VICTORIA BECKHAM – my favourite look of the week, this winter white coat with chain belt and monochrome accessories showed that Victoria means style business!
MARC JACOBS – Jacobs took the unusual beauty look of the week and made it pretty on reality star Kendall Jenner, who has what it takes to become a top model, for sure……
COMING NEXT…………..London Fashion Week Highlights!