Nicholas K climbed new heights as they opened New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014. Filled with a mountaineering spirit, the collection highlighted layered knits, large fur lapels, and knee-length shorts over midnight pants. Thick rope bracelets, alluding to mountain climbers, completed the edgy collection that was designed for looking chic on the slopes.
Introduced with a melancholic rendition of “Ain’t No Sunshine,” this season’s BCBG girl took a refreshing foray into the Han Dynasty, with straight lines and an easy blend of beiges and light blue-greys echoing throughout the collection, like ripples in a meditation pond. Standout pieces included a furry purse-muff (yes, that’s a purse that doubles as a hand-warmer, harkening back to an antiquated romance of winter Zen) and a stiff-clothed kimono-meets-poncho in ever-soft-on-the-eyes neutrals.
Raoul channelled 60s glam with long silk dresses and large floral patterns. Designers Odile and Douglas Benjamin concentrated on straight silhouettes this season, making the collection somewhat conservative. Black and white geometry made certain pieces visually stand out, but perhaps the highlight of the presentation was a beautiful black and blue floral sweater that easily translates to today.
Duckie Brown debuted their first explosion of womenswear today; to our delight, it seemed like women’s and men’s got all mixed up backstage! Their first-ever Duckie woman came out to frenetically amped-up classical music (plus the whinnying of stallions) in an oversized zig-zagged coat-of-many-colours, while the men – with long coats peeking out under from shorter coats and jackets – often appeared to wear dresses. Oversized silhouette playfulness was a given: the result, an exciting mash-up of tried-and-true Duckie sensibilities with some new experimentation.