Michael Kors is an American fashion designer known for designing classic American sportswear for women. Like many other American fashion designers, his career has followed the path of the American dream. Kors first began designing apparel as a teenager and sold his designs out of his parents basement in Long Island, New York. He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology for nine months before dropping out and taking a job at a boutique that gave him a small portion of the store to sell his designs. It was there that the fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman discovered his work and invited him to show his collection to the buyers at Bergdorf. As they say, the rest is history! His Fall 2014 collection stays true to the brand with a mix of feminine and menswear inspired pieces. The palette of the collection consists of neutrals, neutrals, and more neutrals with the predominant hues of muddy gray and taupe. Some of my favorite looks from the line are the chunky ombre sweaters and fur layering pieces.
Nanette Lepore is an American fashion designer with a youthful and feminine style. Her designs are typically bold, colorful, and flowy and feature evocative prints and contemporary silhouettes with a touch of bohemian flair. Today, she had grown into a lifestyle brand for women that includes apparel as well as swimwear, accessories, and fragrance. Her Fall 2014 collection reflects the overarching aesthetic of the brand with styles that are both modern and girly. A few of the standout looks from the line are the all-black suit with the magenta shoes that add a pop of color and the light airy dresses with asymmetric hemlines. Within the collection there is a lot of detailed texture play and interesting accessories from cross-body bags to color-blocked, waist-cinching belts. Overall, the line seems very wearable, accessible, and fresh!
Anna Sui is an American fashion designer whose hip, exuberant, and sometimes eccentric designs are inspired by her depth of cultural knowledge. For over three decades, Anna Sui’s attention to detail and dedication to creativity have contributed to the success of her global lifestyle brand, which consists of apparel, accessories, cosmetics, and fragrance. Her Fall 2014 collection reflects the brand by combining styles and silhouettes from different eras with modern patterns, textures, and colors. In classic Anna Sui fashion there is a great deal of mixing and matching of various prints and fabrics that all seem to have a touch of vintage inspiration.
REMEMBER! I’ll be watching many of the shows streaming LIVE on the Mercedes Benz site and LIVE Tweeting during the shows. After the show ends, I’ll post a clip of the final walk on my Instagram, so be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram @cmcross (or in the right sidebar!) for all things NYFW.
Did you know that Halston collaborated with Andy Warhol back in the 1980’s? It’s true! Right now, Fab.com has a collection Andy Warhol original posters from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for purchase, including the Halston print. Unfortunately, this piece flew off the shelves fast and is already sold out, but hey, it was one thousand bucks so we probably couldn’t afford it anyway! However, there are other slightly more affordable prints still available to shop here.
P.S. Did you hear Halston just launched an e-commerce site? Shop it here!
Vivienne Westwood is always on the cutting edge of fashion, and this time she’s teaming up with a company close to home, the Cambridge Satchel Company. The two British Brands will collaborate on a collection of bags for men and women in the classic Cambridge Satchel Company style with a Westwood twist. The famed designer will use some of her signature patterns, such as the squiggle print from her label’s 1981 line
Outlandish designer Alexander McQueen always has a surprise up his sleeve. Right now, McQueen is teaming up with The Outnet for a Preview Sale of his Fall/Winter 2013 line. As an added bonus, enjoy 20% off your first purchase thanks to ELLE Magazine by entering the code ELLEOFFER at checkout now through Friday, October 25.
Top American designer Michael Kors will partner with actress Gwyneth Paltrow on a seasonal capsule collection* for her digital media and e-commerce company, Goop. Some items in the line will be somewhat reasonable, such as a $125 pendant, but others may be a bit out of reach for the every-girl, such as a $2500 cashmere cape. On a serious budget? Maybe you should add this collection to your holiday wish list. The collaboration is set to launch this December.
*A Breif History Lesson – What is a capsule collection?
The phrase capsule collection was coined in the 1970’s by London-based boutique owner Susie Faux. She used the phrase to describe a collection that contained only a few essential items that would not go out of style, in other words “the basics.” In the mid 1980’s, American designer Donna Karan popularized the phrase after releasing a very influential capsule collection comprised of seven interchangeable work-wear garments.