MBFW – Fall 2013 at a glance
NEW YORK – It’s been a crazy week in New York. Whether by luck or by design, the first season that Mercedes Benz Fashion Week offered live-streaming coincided with the first year in memory that the shows and the city were hit with a blizzard so large it was given its own name (Nemo). Luckily, fashion triumphed over all and not a show was cancelled.
The week kicked-off with a bang as ORGANIC by John Patrick led the eco-fashion line-up. If Patrick collection is any indication, grunge is slowly making its way to a return. Slouchy faux-fur jackets were pairs with straight skirts or dresses. The ORGANIC girl still works her day-job but definitely lives on the edge as she follows her passion.
Next Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, for Vaute Couture, launched her runway exhibition. Billed as the “first-ever vegan show” it gained widespread attention and even landed the designer on the homepage of CNN with the headline: Vegan couture: Faux meets fabulous. A great moment for Hilgart, who is taking the brand mainstream and offering conscious styles year round for men and women.
Marcia Patmos’ Fall 2013 muse was the aristocratic nomad; a well-traveled woman who collects and carefully curates her wardrobe with pieces from around the world. Stellar with knits, Patmos added layering and depth, proving even fingerless gloves and dickies have style.
Brooklyn-based Suzanne Rae collaborated with knitwear artist Lindsay Degen to create a capsule collection titled Suzanne Rae X Degen. The 8-piece zero-waste collection was knitted in merino and angora wool including a sweater, dress, skirt, pair of pants, bomber jacket, coat, hat and scarf.
SUNO, renowned for their lavish african prints, was noticeably understated with the addition of black. Lot’s of black. Perhaps in an effort to woo a more traditional client, or capitulating to the dreariness that is indeed Fall, the SUNO flare accented wool jackets and peplum shirtdresses.