Designers displayed great foresight when preparing their fall 2014 collections, as if anticipating the polar vortex that has gripped the country and dropped several inches of snow on New York on the last day of shows. Statement coats remained one of the most prominent trends from New York Fashion Week, as did easy and beautiful basics that took the shape of jackets and soft knits. One felt warmer simply looking at models enveloped in capes topped with furs.
This trend, among others, is almost tailor-made for women looking to remain chic while surviving winter in Washington. The wrap coat — made famous to many Washingtonians by “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope — was all over the runways, from Altuzarra to Tory Burch.
“Just wrap it up,” joked Prabal Gurung about looks for fall. He stressed layering, which would be easy with his Nepalese-inspired collection filled with cable knit sweaters, cashmere capes and giant wool melange scarves. The designer also encouraged professional women to embrace feminine cuts and designs, as did Michael Kors.
“I think most of my clients, not only are they busy, but they’re powerful people,” Kors said after his show. “I don’t know that [when they are at work] they want to give up a sense of polish or a sense of power.”
Kors pointed to black pleated culottes paired with a white blouse from his collection. “That is covered up, office appropriate, but at the same time feminine,” he said.
There is no doubt that the Jason Wu woman is comfortable with her femininity. With one of the slinky, bias-cut dresses, she would embody the idea of elegance at any fundraising gala. Even his collection for Hugo Boss — Wu’s first since the company hired him last summer — had feminine flourishes amid the menswear-style tailoring for which the company is known.
Tory Burch embraced an even girlier aesthetic, pairing knee-high socks with her skirt and sweater combinations. Perfect for an East Coast Cher Horowitz.
Designers also gave women a jolt of color for fall, which felt like a palate cleanser during the gray sludge of winter. Deep reds and blues popped up at Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta, and bright oranges and coral linings were shown at Altuzarra.
“Let the sun in. It’s not all gray and black, you know,” said Phillip Lim, whose show was appropriately titled Soleil. “When the sun comes out, you feel good.”
His pastels on shearling vests and printed silks were a much-needed dose of Vitamin D.
Marie Elizabeth Oliver and Veronica Toney contributed to this report.