Fashion Month officially kicks off this week, and as per usual, New York promises to start the shows off with a bang. Between the norm of presentations, runway spectacles, and after parties, this season promises even more events that will feed the social-media-hooked masses.
Ralph Lauren is holding a mysterious “fashion event” in Central Park and the hip design duo behind Opening Ceremony are staging a short play penned by Spike Jonze. To get in the spirit we scoured the stores for goods by some of our favorite NYC-based designers. Slip on one of these pieces from the Fall 2014 collections as you prepare to take in the Spring 2015 shows.
It’s hard to believe that, for over a decade, Proenza Schouler has been making clothes coveted by the New York fashion flock. Their fall collection includes this daring stretch crepe dress replete with a cool cut-out at the midriff. $2,450. 495 Broadway (Broome/Spring Streets); 212-343-1360; proenzaschouler.com
Cozy up to 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Transit Curve coat and you’re guaranteed to stay warm all through the winter. Each panel is made from plush lambskin shearling, and the cream collar is cleverly detachable. $4,500. 115 Mercer Street (Prince/Spring Streets); 212-334-1160; 31philliplim.com
Knitwear was a major presence for Francisco Costa on the Calvin Klein Collection runway, and his black-and-white skirt is a winner. Wear this chunky knit with a simple cotton top and you’re certain to turn heads. $1,295. 654 Madison Avenue (60th/61st Streets); 212-292-9000; calvinkleincollection.com
Straight from her fall runway, Anna Sui looked to the Far East and the 1920s to inspire her fringed jacket. Wear this crepe de chine layer over a simple slip dress and bronze sandals for a refined evening look. $500. 113 Greene Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 212-941-8406; annasui.com
DKNY is one of our go-to labels for on-trend pieces that pack a serious style punch. The label’s faux fur coat is in a delightful black-and-cream hue that will keep you toasty and chic from fall to spring thaw. $495. 420 West Broadway (Spring/Prince Streets); 646-613-1100; dkny.com
Sneakers are very much a thing this season, but for the girl that feels best in a heel, Rag & Bone offers up the best of both worlds on their Trafford sandal. A sturdy block heel is paired with bright white lace-ups, simultaneously sporty and fashionable. $525. 119 Mercer Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 212-219-2204; rag-bone.com
While Diane von Furstenberg’s Tamara Star gown is gorgeous from the front, it is (dare we say) even more so from the back. The sheer chiffon dress is printed with tiny stars, and flows beautifully to the floor. $998. 874 Washington Street (13th/14th Streets); 212-741-6607; dvf.com
The coats Alexander Wang showed for fall were decidedly tomboy: such as this wool-blend coat executed in the loveliest of gray shades. We love that the coat reverses offering double the wear, a piece far too good to pass up. $1,395. 103 Grand Street (Greene/Mercer Streets); 212-977-9683; alexanderwang.com
Bits of crystals, beads, and sequins (all hand-applied) add a dose of glam to the Wendy pullover from Tory Burch. The sweater base is made from a thick jacquard fabric with just a tiny hint of stretch. $450. 257 Elizabeth Street (Houston/Prince Streets); 212-334-3000; toryburch.com
While Marc Jacobs opted for neutral hues in this season’s collection, he still managed to elevate his ready-to-wear to new heights. His bomber jacket is trimmed with fluffy shearling and features ribbed sleeves and a turtleneck collar. $4,900. 163 Mercer Street (Prince/Houston Streets); 212-343-1490; marcjacobs.com