As New York Fashion Week draws to a close, our Fashion Features Director Victoria Moss counts down the 10 incredible moments that made the style set will be talking about for years to come.
1. Harper Beckham on Daddy’s knee
Even the most cold-hearted editors couldn’t help but fall in love with the divine Harper who sat happily on her daddy’s knee while taking in her mother’s rather chic (hello, knee length city shorts) new collection. Not a squirm or tantrum in sight, she was ever so well behaved. Later in the week our spies were treated to a double celebrity baby sighting as both Jessica Alba and David Beckham dropped their kids off to play at a swanky crèche in Chelsea, which was coincidentally downstairs from where All Saints were showing its SS14 offering (amazing leather jackets, FYI).
2. Karen Elson
Without a whiff of Cara Delevingne (she’s in London filming, apparently), the flame-haired Manc fast became our favourite girl to watch. Not only did she walk at DVF (alongside Naomi Campbell) and Michael Kors (where she giggled deliciously and contagiously as she brilliantly closed the show), but she rocked up on the front row at Rodarte (where she sat next to Marks & Spencer campaign pal Grace Coddington) and Zac Posen (with fellow red siren Christina Hendricks). Mega girl crush.
3. Proenza Schouler
Once more the duo created a serious NYFW moment with their mouthwatering collection: gorgeous wide leg cropped trousers, crisp white tailoring with a seriously sexy edge and genius pleated midis in the prettiest of metallic colour blocks. They have made us consider a serious SS14 savings plan.
4. Thom Browne
If you love a slightly sinister, creepy edge to your fashion shows you’ll be all over this. Set in an asylum with a mind-numbing xylophone soundtrack, Thom Browne showed that NYC can do outré with the best of them. Smeared lips and crazy birds nest hair aside, his ethereal maidens were rocking quite incredibly intricate pieces: structured exaggerated crisp white skirts gave off a modern Victoriana angle, while the beautiful lace shift dresses stripped away from the drama of the show, will serve any Park Avenue princess rather well.
The fact that it was over 90 degrees outside didn’t stop some AW13 keenos from debuting their best new thick wool knits, heavy boots and leather trousers. We’re not kidding. Gosh, they must have been sweaty under all that.
6. The super pier
The cool was all happening down by the Hudson. Opening Ceremony had taken over, creating a pop-up market selling everything from nail art to Rhianna for River Island and tacos. Sunday night saw the designer duo take over to unveil their new spring collection and party the night away with Justin Bieber. Next up was Marc by Marc Jacobs, with the final collection before Katie Hillier and Luella take over the design reins. Set to the beats of Jeffrey Lewis’ track ‘What Would Pussy Riot Do?’, Mr Jacobs certainly created some pretty big shoes for the Brit duo to fill next year. It was awesome.
7. Rita Ora at DKNY
Donna Karan celebrated a mega 25 years of her street label with a collection of her classic hits (logo mania a-go-go) and then got the new face of her pre-collection, Miss Rita Ora, to close the show. She rocked it, and then popped up later on at the party down on Wall St to entertain us all.
8. Crop tops and spaghetti straps
We’re not going to sugarcoat this, but it seems to be a bit of a thing. Rodarte, Jonathan Simkhai and Alexander Wang, to name but three, all whipped them up. We’re torn between thinking the whole thing fabulous and flashy, and being tense about strapless bra options and belly unveiling. Tricky.
9. Tommy’s beach
The super sporty Hilfiger show took place on a giant beach complete with real sand, wooden shacks and surfboards. Once we accepted that our suede courts were going to get a bit dusty we were all over it. And boy did Jourdan Dunn look hot.
10. Über photographers on the FROW
Bruce Weber and Terry Richardson were both at Rodarte, while Mario Testino was looking very jolly at Oscar de la Renta’s beautiful show.