Drinking in the high points of New York Fashion Week

Marc by Marc Jacobs


Marc by Marc Jacobs

NEW YORK — By the end of Fashion Week, the gossiping, street style, and parties became a blur of free champagne and high heels. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the purpose of the week, particularly when adrenaline and Starbucks are the only things helping you through 16-hour days. With some bleary-eyed perspective, here are a few of the important shows of the last two days.

Tory Burch: Inspired by her family’s armor collection, Burch found a medieval muse that was reflected in the tapestry and brocades of her fabrics. Gilded short skirts, high socks, and lace-up ghillie heels kept the mood flirty. The collection of mixed prints, shearling, and quilted satin was identifiably Burch’s, and by default, the kind of clothes that every woman wants to wear.


Alice + Olivia: The buzz this week has been about taking the water taxi to see Alexander Wang’s high-tech, color-changing frocks in Brooklyn, or Rodarte’s “Star Wars” print dresses. Both felt a bit like showboating. Alice + Olivia’s Stacey Bendet also put on a show with her Fall 2014 presentation but told a story. She created a Victorian fashion fairy tale. Guests were handed a long scroll which told the story, each stop along the path featured another look from her collection. The result?
A story worth hearing again.

Marc by Marc Jacobs: Jacobs has an affinity for the 1980s, and that’s the decade inhabited by his show this week. What first looked to be a runway rehash of “BMX Bandits” instead evolved into what the uber-cool sisters of those bike boys might wear. Pants were tucked into chunky high tops, giving the illusion of hipster harem pants. Legs were covered under long dresses adorned with logos. Perhaps the “Bunny hop” dress had something to do with the Stephen Hawking voice-over about the white rabbit?

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