NYFW Round Up Day 8

Today’s round up includes Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, J.Mendel, and Marc Jacobs.


ralph lauren

Ralph Lauren’s audience was in for a little surprise yesterday morning – that is, 25 additional looks from his brand new women’s Polo Ralph Lauren collection. What did that mean for the show? Summed up briefly: a juxtaposition of everything.

The Ralph Lauren half of the show, the part guests were somewhat expecting, was über-feminine and kept as refined as possible. It was elegant, neat and perfect. Dresses transformed from draped to strapless and halter-neck with a pale pallet of pinks, greys and creams. Luxurious materials came as the crèm-de la-crèmwith Mongolian lamb and cashmere for snug turtlenecks, shawls, and acrisp-white oversized coat – but lest us not forget the beautiful, heavily embellished top, a long skirt slashed with a thigh-high split, and the ultra-delicate satin dresses.

At a 180 turn, however, were the starting looks that came from the Polo collection – almost as the rebellious teenage daughter storming through before her mother makes a grand entrance. It may have been basic at times, but that was all made up for with florescent jackets, plaids, hippy-like maxis, autumnal-toned blazers and dresses, camouflage minis,frequent appearances of tartan and floral prints, and of course, plenty of leather.

Unsah Malik is a London-based fashion and lifestyle journalist specializing in digital and online content. If she isn’t researching on the latest trends, you can find her tweeting at @unsahmalik.




Francisco Costa would have had editors storming through backstage, eagerly grabbing as much as they could, if it was somehow justifiable to literally pull looks straight from the runway yesterday. Drawing inspiration from childhood portraits of German photographer Loretta Lux, Costa’s knack for getting crafty with fabrics came at an all time high. Models graced the catwalk with more variations of knitwear than we’ve ever seen in one go, as in came: turtlenecks (both sleeveless and fingertip-reaching), oversized and elongated coats, round neck dresses, tube skirts, and even a pair of wide, three-quarter length pants. But while this may all sound a little too dull in black and white (how can one wear so much knit, after all) – the collection was far from it. Take the color, for instance, with its beautifully refreshing variation of tweedy-like greens, gradient pink-to-red, contrasts of pale and navy blue, and the abundance of detailing with large safety pins buckling the coat and plastic-like chained belts – both of which, without a doubt, played a huge role in the show’s success.




J. Mendel’s Fall 2014 collection is the perfect match for a woman who loves her vintage no more than she loves her modern-day wardrobe too. Describing layers as “beautiful” and the current cold storms and his “kind of weather”, the brand’s designer, Gilles Mendel, had convinced his guests the same from his very first look – an elongated, geometrical (think diagonal shapes) coat clinched in at the waist with leather, with a black turtleneck underneath, and finishing with a jeweled-tone fur wrapped snuggly fitting around the neck. While this may sound too busy, it had translated impeccably onto the runway,, although the less detailed looks, such as a rich green leather dress, was just as effective. Whatstole the limelight, however, was Mendel’s eveningwear, including: pleated chiffon gowns (a favorite was the crisscross necks), deep V-neck satin dresses, and stunning crystal embellishments sewn in neatly at either the neck or the waist.



marc jacobs

There’s no denying that Marc Jacobs’ was a shining star in 2013, but if his Fall 2014 collection is anything to go by, he’s in for another whirlpool of success this year. He had a lot at stake with expectations set high from his previous show at Louis Vuitton (which was quite possibly the best exit ever), but of course he excelled in his own show yesterday too – mostly because it was refreshingly subtle. The show started with somewhat minimalist looks of tank dresses with ribbed leggings, in either scoop or V-necks, or two-piece pant and top sets, both coming in pale colors – think washed out blue, cream, and brown. Although, with progression, things sharply moved for the more crafty and artistic, such as cropped shearling jackets (they were pretty extravagant), flares (which gave you flashbacks to Austin Powers), organza ruffles, and details of crystal beading – which took oversome spectacular, standout dresses.

Unsah Malik is a London-based fashion and lifestyle journalist specializing in digital and online content. If she isn’t researching on the latest trends, you can find her tweeting at @unsahmalik.


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