MBFW

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week got into full swing over the weekend, with some of the most anticipated shows taking place. From Alexander Wang’s controversial (yet very cool) move to Brooklyn for his show, Victoria Beckham’s 12th Fashion Week show, and DKNY and Diane Von Furstenberg; two of the key players and most well known names in the fashion industry.

Alexander Wang showed in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Saturday; a change from the norm that signaled a new age of cool; a move suggesting that Brooklyn was the future of fashion, and very much reflected in his futuristic, utilitarian looking collection. The designer’s choice of location lured the fashion circus across the city in freezing temperatures (Wang was showing at a later time of 9pm), and catch water taxi’s to watch this not-to-be-missed spectacle, and luckily he didn’t disappoint. AW14 according to Wang is all about utility, space-age and masculinity. All of the models had bleached eyebrows and slicked across hair, their angular features emphasised by the deconstructed surroundings and a monochromatic palette with accents of galactic purple.

Wang

DKNY followed suit with another urban collection that portrayed masculinity and street-chic. Donna Karen shows year on year, yet always manages to live up to expectations, and this year was no different. Her take on hipster style that’s so prevalent in today’s youth culture, made sure that this often extreme, unkempt look became luxe, slick, accessible even, given that she used real new Yorkers in favour of models down the runway. Padded parkers, sweaters and varsity style bombers, contrasted long flowing slip dresses and the odd pink hue, giving the collection versatility, and where each piece alone was extremely wearable.

DKNY

Then there was Victoria Beckham. We were probably just as excited to see whether the Beckham entourage turned out in force to steal the F-ROW limelight (they did), and of course little Harper’s outfit was just as hotly anticipated; but all eyes were firmly on VB’s collection as soon as the show started. This season the designer was all about oversized, yet structured silhouettes; luxurious coats paired with flowing skirts over trousers for extreme layering, and Victoria had presented a collection that was miles from her signature ‘body shaping’ dresses and the classic tailoring she does so well. Each look was sophisticated and well thought out, with a simple yet effective monochrome colour scheme (matching her even simpler invitations), which will no doubt still be on the wish list of so many women come AW 14…

Victoria Beckham

Diane Von Furstenberg – the lady who invented the wrap dress, and with it boosted the confidence of women everywhere – shows in New York every year, and is known for her re-inventions of her signature dress, as well as bold colours and prints. This season – in a collection almost entirely of dresses – DVF was all about basic, wearable styles in black and white graphic, kaleidoscope prints (as was her mesmerizing runway); but introduced beautiful gold metallic mini dresses, and a mix of hot pinks in a variety of printed midi and maxi wrap dresses which had us, and everyone else very excited.

DVF

There’s still four days to go of MB Fashion Week before the fashion circus are on the move again heading to London; so in the meantime we can start to wonder what we can expect to see  in collections from Jenny Packham, Zac Posen, Tommy Hilfiger and Maison Martin Margiela…

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