STORY BY MOLLY LAMOUREUX
The New York Fashion Week, also referred to as The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (MBFW), show is a semi-annual event that showcases all of fashion’s favorite designers’ collections for the upcoming season.
The fashion industry works about six – 12 months in advance, and February is the beloved time for fall fashion week.
What does that mean for us? Coats on coats on coats!
Style preferences aside, every fashionista had something to drool over at last week’s New York Fashion Week shows.
Designers like J. Mendel, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and Proenza Schouler particularly continue to amaze me.
After watching footage of these shows and scouring through pictures, these four designers really stand out.
Their intricate, original outerwear pieces will leave your North Face jacket seeming lack-luster.
J. Mendel – Depth and Dimension
Mendel is notorious for his use of multiple textures and layers of fabric. He used these to create clothes with incredible depth and dimension.
His deliberate use of blacks and whites let each outfit thrive on the appearance of texture, without color standing in the way.
Michael Kors – Fur, Fur, Fur
Because I’m a diehard Kors fan, I’m a little biased when I say I’m completely in love with his outerwear pieces for fall of 2015.
It’s as if he sat down one day and made a list of everything he could create out of fur that would still look sophisticated and stylish.
And create he did – vests, neck warmers, cloaks even fur pockets on knit sweaters – Kors thought of it all, and delivered with beautiful execution.
Calvin Klein – Totally Mod
CK really channeled the ‘60s and ‘70s with this collection. The dresses that walked down his runway radiated a mod, refined vibe, and the outwear he created was a perfect compliment.
Klein put his twist on the perfectly classic cut coats by tweaking each individual one to make it relevant.
A crowd favorite was the “high shine” red coat with the giant buttons (which is worth googling, if you haven’t seen it already). Talk about dressing to impress.
Proenza Schouler – Stripped Down
If a piece of clothing’s function is to keep the wearer warm – i.e., outerwear – the most difficult thing a designer can do is give it a light appearance full of movement.
Schouler proves the daunting task possible by innovating the traditional coat.
He used wide strips of fabric to give a warm, heavy coat a sense of chic movement.
Giant tie belts and shoulder warmers tied the collection together.
Intrigued about who else donned their latest on the runway? Check out the fashion section of The New York Times’ website to view a full library of professional photos, and to see fashion weeks from London, Paris and Milan.