Autumn/Winter 2014 Wardrobe Essentials

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"Autumn/Winter 2014 Wardrobe Essentials." Styling Directives Taken From New York Runway Analysis. Date Completed: April 2014. Brief: The Tobe Report - Internship Application. Before being accepted as an intern at The Tobe Report, I was asked to demonstrate my eye for fashion trends by reviewing all A/W 14 New York runway shows and pulling out the key styling directives which I felt were especially important.


<ul><li><p>Autumn/Winter 2014 </p><p>Wardrobe </p><p>Essentials Styling Directives Taken from </p><p>New York Runway Analysis </p></li><li><p>Casual Luxury Unstructured Volume for Easy Layering </p><p>Androgyny Menswear-Inspired &amp; Utilitarian Classics </p><p>Outdoor Urban Athletic Gear with Youthful Twists </p><p>Three Macro Catwalk Trends </p><p> cocooning outerwear and lofty knits colors: greys, camel, dusty pink, olive green historical allusions (60s glam) fur </p><p> oversized menswear and well-tailored suits wide-cropped and slouchy trousers </p><p> colors: neutrals and navy prints &amp; patterns: plaid and tweed </p><p> varsity jackets, bombers, metallic parkas colors: monotones paired with bright pops of color (red, yellow, etc.) experimentation (in proportions, construction, prints, etc.) collegiate letters, logos, graphics </p></li><li><p>Designer / Young Designer </p><p>Contemporary / Young Contemporary </p><p>Accessories / Footwear </p><p>Teen / Tween </p><p>Market </p><p>Segments Three Must-Have Pieces </p></li><li><p>DESIGNER AN OVERSIZED COAT </p><p>A pivotal product category this season, voluminous </p><p>outerwear was a standout in numerous collections. </p><p>Cocooning the body while keeping it warm, it was sent </p><p>down runways in a variety of colors. Try a monochrome </p><p>piece, such as The Rows version in shale grey, or opt for a more eye-catching, patterned number, such as the </p><p>one from Proenza Schouler. </p><p>Altuzarra </p><p>The Row </p><p>Proenza Schouler </p><p>Creatures of Comfort </p></li><li><p>DESIGNER FURRY OUTERWEAR </p><p>Fur was an especially prominent fabric for outerwear whether it was just accenting a piece (as in Jason Wus) </p><p>or the main focus (as in Ralph Laurens), this tactile fabric breathes femininity and elegance into any </p><p>wardrobe. For more daring consumers, try it in one of </p><p>this seasons hit colors, red, like the one from J. Mendel. </p><p>Jason Wu </p><p>Ralph Lauren </p><p>Carolina Herrara </p><p>J. Mendel </p></li><li><p>DESIGNER A TOUCH OF FLORAL </p><p>Blurred, smudged flowers was a key floral story this </p><p>season, as seen in Peter Soms dress. Flowers also added a bright pop of color and gave a feminine touch to </p><p>otherwise masculine styling. This versatile print is perfect </p><p>for both tops like Michael Kors delicate blouse and bottoms such as Oscar de la Rentas flared skirt. </p><p>Oscar de la Renta </p><p>Peter Som </p><p>Thakoon </p><p>Michael Kors </p></li><li><p>YOUNG DESIGNER A VOLUMINOUS SWEATER </p><p>Volume was the focus of this seasons other important product category, knitwear. Try Calvin Kleins version, in </p><p>fuzzy mohair, or get swallowed up in The Rows minimalist, chunky take. Go traditional and pair it with </p><p>your favorite pair of jeans, or experiment your styling </p><p>and throw your sweater over a long skirt. </p><p>Prabal Gurung </p><p>Calvin Klein Marc Jacobs </p><p>The Row </p></li><li><p>YOUNG DESIGNER RETHOUGHT DENIM </p><p>Denim was a hit this season especially for the youth market, </p><p>but designers were keen to rethink the material. The </p><p>innovative results gave this traditional fabric a much-needed </p><p>update. Steven Allens quilted take, Ostwald Helgasons iridescent version, and Pamela Rolands art-deco </p><p>embellishments breathe forward-thinking into any outfit. </p><p>Pamela Roland </p><p>Ostwald Helgason </p><p>Steven Allen </p><p>Nicholas K </p></li><li><p>YOUNG DESIGNER A GRAPHIC DRESS </p><p>Dresses are a wardrobe staple for any young consumer, but </p><p>this season it was all about the pieces graphic designs. Inspiration came from a variety of sources: global cultures, </p><p>wintry florals, collegiate numbers, 3D-effects whether printed on a shift or sweater dress, eye-catching graphics </p><p>were experimented and played with to channel the young </p><p>consumers own penchant for fun. </p><p>Jeremy Scott </p><p>Ostwald Helgason Tess Giberson </p><p>Suno </p></li><li><p>CONTEMPORARY A MASCULINE, SLOUCHY TROUSER </p><p>The wide, fluid legs of mannish trousers from designers such </p><p>as Karen Walker and Tibi gave collections a utilitarian twist. </p><p>Try a pair in one of this seasons key fabric directives, traditional tweed (as seen in Creatures of Comforts design), </p><p>or go for a cropped version like A.L.Cs. </p><p>Tibi </p><p>Creatures of Comfort A.L.C. </p><p>Karen Walker </p></li><li><p>CONTEMPORARY RUFFLES </p><p>Ruffles add a touch of romance to any piece - the detail was </p><p>even seen in knitwear, such as in this Phillip Lim sweater. The </p><p>asymmetry of the ruffle accent seen in Victoria Beckhams top makes a simple blouse a standout number. And in </p><p>Alexander Herchcovitchs Victorian-inspired collection, the ruffle details gave his camisoles a dreamy feel. </p><p>Milly </p><p>Alexander Herchcovitch </p><p>3.1 Phillip Lim </p><p>Victoria Beckham </p></li><li><p>CONTEMPORARY AN UNEVEN HEMLINE DRESS </p><p>An uneven hemline gives any dress interesting asymmetry. </p><p>Opening Ceremonys architectural piece is youthful and injects newness into your wardrobe. ICBs touch of graphic is </p><p>an example of tasteful cut-and-paste, while DKNYs sporty, urban styling channels this seasons athletic theme. </p><p>BCBY Max Mara DKNY </p><p>ICB Opening Ceremony </p></li><li><p>YOUNG CONTEMPORARY A TEXTURED SWEATER </p><p>Unconventional experimentations was not just seen in </p><p>graphics and prints, but also in fabric and texture </p><p>considerations. The tactile results from the likes of Nonoo and </p><p>Nicole Miller make the traditional sweater a standout </p><p>number. Try Alexander Wangs bright, futuristic version, or Opening Ceremonys sequined design. </p><p>Nicole Miller </p><p>Opening Ceremony Alexander Wang </p><p>Nonoo </p></li><li><p>YOUNG CONTEMPORARY A UTILITARIAN DRESS </p><p>Pay homage to the Industrial Revolution with a utilitarian </p><p>dress. Designers added some ruggedness to their collections </p><p>by taking inspiration from work-wear and uniforms. Wearers of creations from the likes of Rag &amp; Bone and Tommy Hilfiger </p><p>will enjoy practicality and unrestricted movement. And, as </p><p>pastels were a pivotal color palette this fall, try Lacostes take in mint green. </p><p>Lacoste Tommy Hilfiger </p><p>Karen Walker Rag &amp; Bone </p></li><li><p>YOUNG CONTEMPORARY SPORTY OUTERWEAR </p><p>For the youth market, outerwear essentials included puffy </p><p>coats, bomber-hybrids, parkas, and varsity-inspired jackets. </p><p>The sporty feel was captured in fabrics such as shearling and </p><p>leather, quilted nylon, and wool. From ski resorts to baseball </p><p>fields, designers such as DKNY and Tommy Hilfiger dove deep </p><p>into athletics for creative insight. </p><p>Alexander Wang </p><p>DKNY Tommy Hilfiger </p><p>T by Alexander Wang </p></li><li><p>TEEN A STATEMENT DRESS </p><p>Stand out of the crowd with a statement dress, like the </p><p>heavily embellished one by Cynthia Rowley, or, for the more </p><p>daring customer, go for the gothic look with VFILES loud, red design. For a more classic feel with a retro flourish, opt for </p><p>Desiguals whimsical dress. </p><p>Cynthia Rowley </p><p>Desigual </p><p>Jonathan Cohen </p><p>VFILES </p></li><li><p>TEEN SHIMMER &amp; SHINE </p><p>Metallics were a big hit this season, and so were other </p><p>shimmery details, such as sequins and glitter finishes. Seen in </p><p>a variety of product categories from outerwear to skirts teens have plenty of options to play with. Work some </p><p>iridescence into your outfit with Rebecca Taylors easy sweater, or go for a whole-body look with Phillip Lims long, </p><p>oversized bomber-hyrbid. </p><p>Creatures of the Wind Rebecca Taylor </p><p>Diesel Black Gold 3.1 Phillip Lim </p></li><li><p>TEEN A CROPPED TOP </p><p>Show off your young body with a cropped top, such as the </p><p>graphic-heavy one by VFILES, or Creatures of the Winds long-sleeve take in deep, rich emerald. Perfect with a </p><p>matching skirt try Katie Gallaghers velvety design, and its oxblood hue will give you a touch of dark, sophisticated </p><p>glamor. </p><p>Katie Gallagher Creatures of the Wind </p><p>Rebecca Taylor VFILES </p></li><li><p>TWEEN A STATEMENT MINI </p><p>The miniskirt was definitely an important juniors-oriented </p><p>product category. From Desiguals playfully patterned design, to Tanya Taylors shiny take, a statement mini is a </p><p>wardrobe essential for tweens this season. Opening </p><p>Ceremony experimented with quilting, while Diesel Black </p><p>Gold added some embellishments to inject their mini with </p><p>some unique texture and shine. </p><p>Tanya Taylor </p><p>Opening Ceremony Desigual </p><p>Diesel Black Gold </p></li><li><p>TWEEN A ROLLNECK SWEATER </p><p>A rollneck sweater will keep you both stylish and warm this </p><p>season. Try Marissa Webbs design, in one of this seasons key colors, dusty pink, or keep it simple in Karen Walkers soft </p><p>white. If you prefer the raw, distressed look, try Nanette </p><p>Lepores carefully crocheted version. </p><p>Marissa Webb </p><p>Karen Walker </p><p>Tommy Hilfiger </p><p>Nanette Lepore </p></li><li><p>TWEEN A FUN, GRAPHIC TOP </p><p>Whimsical prints and patterns give a youthful flare to any top. </p><p>Red Valentino took its inspiration from beloved Disney </p><p>characters; Betsey Johnson kept things dramatic with bold, leopard prints; and Cynthia Rowley paired candy-esque </p><p>colors with eclectic beading. And like many other designers, </p><p>Fashion East took inspiration from the animal world, and the </p><p>adorable results would be loved by any tween. </p><p>Cynthia Rowley </p><p>Betsey Johnson Fashion East </p><p>RED Valentino </p></li><li><p>ACCESSORIES </p><p>ELBOW-HIGH GLOVES The elbow-high glove was a key accessories piece this </p><p>season. Try Altuzarras classic take, in soft leather, or go for Marc Jacobs knitted version for some added warmth. </p><p>SHADES Sunglasses of a variety of shapes were seen on New Yorks catwalks. From circular to decorated frames, to aviators and Wayfarer styles, this optical piece is a must-have this season. </p><p>SCARF Keep your neck warm with a scarf this season. Continuing along </p><p>his collections overall BMX-feel, Marc Jacobs styled the accessory in an urban, sporty way. Meanwhile, Michael Kors and Thakoon took things in a more feminine direction, whether it was </p><p>a scarf made from knitwear, silk, or fur. </p><p>Marc Jacobs Altuzarra </p><p>Carolina Herrara Jeremy Scott </p><p>Michael Kors Marc by Marc Jacobs </p><p>3.1 Phillip Lim </p><p>Thakoon </p></li><li><p>FOOTWEAR </p><p>A SLOUCHY, OVERSIZED BOOT The relaxed feel of the loose, fluid shafts of these slouchy </p><p>boots are perfect compliments to the voluminous outerwear seen in various designers collections. Derek Lams ultra-soft </p><p>designs, for instance, make leather look absolutely liquidous. </p><p>FUR DETAIL Continuing along the fur trend, add a furry shoe to your collection. From the shearling details of Rag &amp; Bones mules, or the fuzzy touches on the heels of Nina Riccis delicate pumps, fur was seen this season on apparel and footwear alike. </p><p>AN ANKLE-STRAP PUMP Give your feet some glamor with a pair of pumps featuring a thin, barely-there ankle strap. Jason Wus metallic approach </p><p>adds a touch of shimmer, while Nina Riccis designs complete her collections overall boudoir inspiration. </p><p>Derek Lam Rag &amp; Bone </p><p>Nina Ricci Rag &amp; Bone </p><p>Jason Wu Nina Ricci </p></li></ul>