Best Looks From New York Fashion Week: Our Editors Share Their Favorites
If you’ve been following along, you know that New York Fashion Week (and its encompassing circus) just blew through town. This is the one week when the men’s fashion season, which started in January, overlaps with the women’s fashion season. Editors who follow the womenswear shows are now in London, and afterward they’ll go to Milan and then Paris—just like I did for the menswear shows last month. For the next three weeks, to make sure you keep up to speed with what’s being shown, I asked four of my Bloomberg colleagues to help me pick our favorite womenswear looks from each fashion capital. Below, click through to see what inspired us from the shows here in the Big Apple, where it is currently freezing. Think of this as “The Best of New York Fashion Week: Things You Might Actually Wear Edition.”
As you’ll note, we gravitated toward the coats.
Nic Screws’s Favorites
You know me, I’m Bloomberg’s style director. I feel like I’m enjoying a casual moment right now, and really digging things like colored pumps and skinny jeans, draping statement coats and Marissa Webb for Banana Republic (yes, that Banana Republic).
Hurry. Someone invite me somewhere fabulous so that I can wear this dress. High slits were a hot trend this season, and when done right they can add a touch of subtle sassiness to an otherwise ladylike look.
When in doubt about how to pull off a warm winter look, wear layers of different textures and similar colors, and add a hat. I also like the squashiness of this oversize robe coat.
This year Michael Kors showed some looks that were inspired by menswear, but form-flattering. The idea is, steal the patterns from the boys, but keep your womanly shape.
How’s that song go? “Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was cool like me?” Or “hot like me”? Whatever. Both apply to this subtle, yet killer, everyday outfit.
Creative Director Marissa Webb has flipped the script on Banana Republic. In two short seasons, she has made the humdrum mall brand modern, more feminine, and cool again. You’ve wooed me, lady. Bravo.
Emma Rosenblum’s Favorites
Emma is the editor of Pursuits magazine, Bloomberg’s quarterly publication focused on global luxury and lifestyle. This season, Emma couldn’t keep her eyes off the coats in the fall collections—maybe it was because of all of the luxe accents and materials, or maybe it was just because it’s so damn cold out.
I love the clean lines on this long Narciso Rodriguez coat. The color is gorgeous and unexpected and reminds me that someday, maybe, it won’t be -20 degrees outside.
This leather coat from the Brock Collection, a new line, is fantastic. Flattering, striking, and a nice change from this season’s ubiquitous shearling bombers.
Buttery, soft caramel from The Row. Delicious.
This jacket is adorable, and also great for those of us who aren’t model-tall. Victoria Beckham is one of my favorites precisely for this reason.
Sure, the fur on the sleeves is perhaps a bit much for real life, but the rest of this Michael Kors camel coat is so perfect and pretty.
Moti Ankari’s Favorites
Associate Market Editor Moti takes the same attention to fit and the finishing touches that he does on his own bespoke suits and jackets, and translates it to what he likes for her. Also: He has strong opinions about men going sleeveless.
Rosie Assouline. Remember the name. I appreciate this young designer for taking irregular shapes and silhouettes and making them look so damn good (and more importantly, wearable).
For me, black is the new black. Leave it to Vera Wang to show us how to wear an all-black-everything rig.
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Here’s a new and (much) improved Canadian tuxedo, brought to you by 3.1 Phillip Lim.
At the Rodarte show, I liked that designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy mixed up a bunch of seemingly disparate elements, like fur, beaded skirts, and chokers, and they made cohesive, sexy looks.
During men's fashion month, we insisted that men should stay away from sleeveless jackets, and we haven’t changed our minds. This is why: Ladies wear it better. WAY better.
Chris Rovzar’s Favorites
Bloomberg’s global luxury editor Chris appreciates feminine details and clever texture play. But mostly he’s a stickler for good fit on a lady, and likes a smart pantsuit. Just don’t ask him if he liked the Thom Browne show. (Side note: Read our advice on how to pull off a pantsuit.)
With all the fringe and flowy knits at Ralph’s show this year, I was pleasantly surprised by this floor-length, sleeved gown that had almost an armored aspect to it. Often at a Ralph show you’ll get an armor-like feel with some breastplate detailing, or a high collar. But here the metallic fabric is altogether slinky. You don’t need a lot of bling when the glitter is already on the dress.
I really enjoyed the way that Proenza played with texture this season, from raw-edged tweeds to some fluffy stuff that looked like it came out of a couch pillow. There was so much color, too, and interesting cutouts. This coat, to me, is protective but also flattering, and the blood-red tone will make you stand out in a crowd without looking crazy.
Unlike Moti, I don’t love a collection that’s all black (see: Thom Browne) or even really an outfit that’s just black. But this modified tuxedo manages to add texture to an otherwise traditional look, without making the wearer look like a harlequin (see: Thom Browne). The other fabrics add volume without making her look bulky, and on any occasion, I applaud a cigarette pant.
This year Tory Burch wallpapered and carpeted her runway to look like a rug store, and the Afghan-inspired patterns on some of the outfits made it look like Scarlett O’Hara had finished using the curtains for her dresses, and started scraping the floors. (It looks cute on Tory, but most women don’t look like Tory.) Still, this modest, ’70s-inspired dress would be a standout in the office or at a cocktail party.
Marc’s collection this year was dark and glittery, a brooding ode to tartans, tweeds, and other traditional fabrics. Many of the looks were tightly tailored, with an edge: a short coat with powerful shoulders, for example, or a nipped waist that was belted by a whiplike leather strap. To me this tea-length dress is so simple, yet the dropped waist and sharp finishing on the bottom make it just a little bit rock ’n’ roll.
Hannah Elliott’s Favorites
Hannah is the car columnist for Bloomberg. She likes hats, and cars (and wearing rad hats while driving fast cars). For fall, she was really feeling the fur accents seen all over the runways. Perhaps some fur-trimmed driving gloves are in her future? (Gift idea! Who makes those?)
What better way to stay cozy on a brisk winter night than to drape yourself in a mantle of fur? This one from Jason Wu is elegant, feminine, strong, and undoubtedly warm.
The fur neck on this bouclé dress definitely ups the fashion ante, but its bright colors and playful shape keep the dress youthful and fun.
Here’s another use for fur indoors and after hours: in the shape of a hoodie. The long neck of the dress, contrasting with the covered head, makes for a dramatic effect.
Wear this dress and you’ll grab attention with minimal effort. The bold strips of fur do all the work. You won’t have to say a word.
This is a sophisticated look made more playful by the pink skirt, ruffled pockets, and killer shoes. The fur adds the extra oomph.