With (literally) hundreds of shows and presentations that occur during NYFW, each with their own inspiration, trends and theme, it seems almost impossible to break down each collection and review them from start to finish. Because of this, we decided to pin-point some of our favorite brands that tend to lean much closer towards being wearable than avant-garde to show you just how easy it is to take clothes straight off the runway and into your closet.
Rebecca Taylor F/W 2014
Our hands down favorite collection this season was Rebecca Taylor. Wearable yet superbly chic, worn as a look or picked apart as separates, everything worked from head to toe. Taylor's unique ability to provide her fans with stunning feminine pieces that are not only strong and downtown cool but in matters of fabrication and silhouette can be deemed closet staples for seasons to come is uncanny. Cropped jackets and felted sweaters reigned supreme on our list of must-haves that can be worn any time of year while her trousers ranged from slouchy to sleek, giving you options no matter what your mood.
Tibi F/W 2014
Amy Smilovic’s Fall collection was one that brought out her basic instinct for asymmetrical cuts and uncomplicated silhouettes allowing for the clothes to stand on their own and to easily be mixed and matched with one another. Simple basics flourished thanks to sophisticated fabrics and sharp tailoring like in her cropped trousers and covetable outerwear which will be perfectly suitable to wear today or in years to come. A great palette of tonal greys, powder blues, blacks and white provided a superb backdrop for cozy sweater dresses, simple silk culottes and boxy blazers. Break it apart or wear them all at once, these separates are easily dressed up or dressed down depending on how you wish to style them.
Helmut Lang F/W 2014
Uber contemporary while stunningly sophisticated, Helmut Lang provided pieces that can be worn in a variety of settings. With stunning sweaters, blazers and turtlenecks, the husband and wife team provided the ideal collection to take you directly from the office to an evening event without even a change of accessories. Comfy-cozy mohairs and minimally toned knits are perfect for winter's chilly evenings by the fire or weekend apple picking with the family. You could easily switch out his woven bottoms for skinny jeans or a simple trouser depending on what your day has in-store for you while even his sleek clutches and footwear of basic booties could be worn time and time again.
Rag & Bone F/W 2014
With a multitude of lengths juxtaposed against one another along with various fabrications throughout each ensembles, Rag & Bone provided many styling options within their Fall 2014 collection. Intarsia laden sweaters, high waisted trousers, lumberjack plaids, ink splattered pencil skirts and monogramed jackets (and that was just a fraction of Marcus Wainwright and David Neville's offerings) provided a plethora of separates to choose from leaving no doubt that anyone and everyone will be able to bring several pieces into their wardrobe to pair with both the old and new.
Alice + Olivia F/W 2014
Never one to shy away from putting on a show, this season, Stacy Bendet brought to life her inspiration of pop-up fairty-tale books and somehow made them wearable. Fantasy inspired for sure, her ultra hip and colorful feminine pieces were presented in many of her signature party dresses, skater skirts and sexy leather and lace separates but there was a lot of luxe that came along for the ride as well. Gold jacquard, faux fur outerwear and whimsical velvet detailing screamed to be worn throughout the holiday season while simple sheath dress and a black deep plunging v-neck gown allowed for us to still be stunning without so many bells and whistles. Providing any wardrobe with a perfect spark of energy and pop of whimsy, Alice + Olivia is our go-to for fun, statement making clothes time and time again.