Heavy woollen coats unbuttoned to reveal sexy silk and chiffon dresses, New York Fashion Week is indulging women of style with a double-layered look for fall/winter 2014.
The city’s finest fashionistas hightailed up and down Manhattan, shivering in the freezing cold and taking care not to slither over on black ice and muddy snow to catch the latest shows. The highlights of day two were Jason Wu, the precocious New York-trained designer and Michelle Obama favourite, San Francisco’s Peter Som and Spanish luxury label Pedro del Hierro. Top American model Karlie Kloss closed out Wu’s show in the heart of Soho, sashaying down the runway in a stunning evening dress of velvet amethyst under an oversized, black alpaca coat.
“I liked this idea, this cosyness, the outerwear and when it is revealed, it’s the most beautiful little silk dress underneath tied together by spaghetti straps,” Wu told reporters backstage.
Under furs of silver fox or raccoon, puffy parkas in angora or embroidered astrakhan, there were flashes of bare shoulders or skilfully structured backs of a black or grey crepe satin dress.
“There is definitely sex in it. I thought it was really appealing right now, clothing that is so utterly feminine, sophisticated, confident and sexy,” said Wu.
The designer, who made his ready-to-wear collection debut in 2007, said he was inspired by sporty shapes but that he wanted to make his clothes luxurious.
He also explained how he had used different textures for something “a bit romantic” about his collection.
“Mohair, cashmere, embroideries, mink, you name it, but in a very subtle way,” he told reporters.
Over at Som, a one-time designer at American fashion house Bill Blass, the designer told reporters that his woman of 2014 was “sexy, she’s confident and she is having fun”.
He showed off military overcoats in navy blue or patterned wool and camel wool jackets layered over a leopard goatskin dress or a corset chiffon dress with bright orange ostrich feathers.
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