New York Fashion Week’s Fall 2014 collections were brimming with the usual: lots of leather, bold fur, tailored wool and heavy coats. Yet, many designers definitely kept denizens in warmer climates like Miami on their minds. In fact, plenty of them, from Tory Burch to Betsey Johnson to Carolina Herrera and Lela Rose, constructed a handful of looks in light weight fabrics and silhouettes befitting Miami’s weather. Here are the Top 5 wearable trends for Miami and the designers who constructed them for us.
Prints: Expect to find your Fall wardrobe full of prints. Designers like Nicole Miller and Tory Burch included various looks in their collections which were inspired by war and heroes. While Miller, who has spoke about her love of Miami often, was all about channeling female heroes, Burch based her collection on her father’s armor collection. Miami favorite and Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera also worked with prints but instead she took to the geometry books to infuse a variety of mathematical structures in her creations. Spotted down the runway were dreamy floor grazing gowns, sheer sheath minis, ornate jacquard frocks, relaxed shirt dresses and cigarette pants.
Bold Color: Though muted tones are usually what many gravitate towards in the Fall, several designers dipped into bright color palettes a la Miami style this year. Betsey Johnson, Lela Rose and Cynthia Rowley were among many who were feeling more optimistic about what winter can feel like, especially during a very snowy NYFW. “It seemed so happy and romantic at the same time, said Rowley. “I describe [my] collection as sporty glamorous with bonded piques, embellished rainbows, stain leaf appliqués and bonded cashmere cardigans that are mixed with polished leather culottes and layered sweaters that are like puzzle pieces that fit together.” Legendary Johnson turned up the wow factor by bringing in some 80s rock-n-roll edge to her off-kilter creations. Johnson featured neon tones, lace bodysuits, rompers and knee high boots while Lela Rose kept things more romantically classic by just injecting pops of lime, canary yellow and cobalt in her concoctions.
Lace: Look for lace on everything come Fall from blouses to pant suits and of course, dresses. The ageless fabric proved to be sexier and elegant as ever in the collections of Milly, Wes Gordon, and Monique Lhuillier. Head-to-toe looks (literally with lace booties) were spotted at Lhuillier’s show and the fabric was featured on bodycon dresses, frothy loose-fitting frocks, elegant pencil skirts and blouses in black, grey and fire engine red.
Plaid/Tartan: It’s been hip for the last couple of years in the fashion realm. Street style mavens in Miami have been seen for months donning grunge glam looks and the style is staying, at least according to several designers like Custo Barcelona, Tommy Hilfiger and Clover Canyon who presented in countless variations from shirt dresses, coats, button-downs, skirts and pants this season.
Borrowed from The Boys: Menswear in Miami is quite the hit. Women love their oxfords as much as they adore their blazers and boyfriend jeans. So it’s quite evident as seen at Elie Tahari and Trina Turk that “Tomboy Chic” will be adopted in the city. Expect to match feminine skirts with oversized jackets and slouchy pants with lacy looking tops.