Off to Fashion Week

Altuzarra Spring 2014 Look 1

In my mind I’ve gone to Fashion Week.  (By the way, the previous sentence should be sung to the tune of James Taylor’s “In My Mind I’ve Gone to Carolina,” and with an equally wistful twang).  Unfortunately, it’s just in my mind, however.  My kids’ school schedules (and early September birthdays) make it pretty hard to cross the country for the second time in a week to join the glorious madness of New York Fashion Week.  As sad as this makes me, I felt better when I heard Gwen Stefani say she hasn’t gone to Fashion Week (though she has her own line showing there) in years for the same reason.

Nonetheless, my mind is there.  Thanks to Instagram, Twitter, and, I can fool myself into thinking my body is there too (and in the front row at all the shows, no less).  So, I have that going for me.

Alexander Wang SS 14 Look 9

Derek Lam SS 14

And for now that (and all the amazing clothes that are emerging from the shows) will have to do.  These are some of my favorites.  First, Look 1 from the Altuzarra show.  It is a revelation.  It picks up on a trend for Spring 2014– interesting uses of shirting– with a gorgeous menswear-inspired striped shirt paired with a slit-to-there skirt in a contrasting stripe.  It’s such a strong statement (which, I suspect, when it makes its way into the marketplace will look a little more toned down) which screams confidence, sexiness, and bold femininity.  I love it.  And I’d love to be the kind of woman who could pull it off.

Next, is Look 9 from Alexander Wang.  I’d wear it right now if I could.  It’s a cozy ensemble combining a grey cardigan (which I’ve mentioned to be my all-time go-to piece) with an interesting sort of argyle burn-out pattern, and a pair of knit grey shorts.  It’s perfect for the type of days we’ve been having lately– the beautiful days of Indian summer, when it can be both hot or cold, depending on the time of day or where you’re standing.  Besides, being cozy and chic at the same time is a fashion dream, rarely realized.

Lastly (for now), I loved all the bold ginghams at Derek Lam.  Whether worn head to toe or in interesting combinations with other colors, Lam’s gingham seems fresh.  Whether it’s the unusual scale of it (larger than usual), his bold choice to put it in many of his looks, or his interesting uses for it (gingham turban, anyone?), something about this pattern feels so fresh.  You can shop the entire collection for the next few days here.

We have a lot to look forward to, come Spring!  No matter where we are.

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