From The Field

The ruminations of days 0 and 1.



Day 0 and 1 Fashion Week deductions leave me rest assured that my propensity toward denim (see: Rachel Comey, Timo Weiland) will continue to be nourished well through the boundaries of at least next November. That is a lot of time to chalk up interesting new layering tactics and outfitting methods. Other trend conclusions include a wealth of over the knee boots. Take the ones at BCBG Max Azria for a moment:

They’re a dynamic combination of pump and high boot that offer little to no warmth for the skin over your navicular bones but such is the way of fashion. This show (the first of the day) demonstrated really love fall layering tactics in lush, rich oversized leathers (and multi-color calf length fur vests too but we don’t have to talk about that if you don’t want to). A tinge of middle eastern influence percolated through the collection in the subtle prints presented on tones of black, white and navy. As a matter of fact, little color was exploited at all (give or take a tinge of burgundy, not to be confused with oxblood). The resounding noise of cool echoed through the models’ beanies. Takeaway #1/2: Boots. Wear a beanie, don’t take it off.

No navicular woes at Timo Weiland–the over the knee situation manifesting below one of the few feminine silhouettes from the collection featured a lovely white flat emblematic of the early 70s while the rest of the collection functioned as a nod to the endearment of having two young boys design clothes for girls.

That is some spectacularly notable suiting, is it not? Takeaway #2: plaid is not dead, the tailored suit shall prevail.

Creatures of the Wind previewed Tabitha Simmons’ second collaboration of the season (she’d done the lace up booties at the J Brand ready-to-wear presentation on Wednesday as well) in a short-heel pump featuring what looks like something of an aquatic sock over it. And nothing gets my heart racing quite like a two-for-one deal. Per the beauty shot at left: I for one, was utterly relieved by the hair styling–offering a hint of wet scalp and fuller looser, wavy locks falling from ear point. Do also note the sunglasses positioning, concealing the prospect of hearing. Ears: who needs ’em? As for the clothes:

Hip, hip, more suiting (and that white leather, black trim works famously on utilitarian green). The real star of this show, however, was the closing look (at left), which featured a leather capelet over a paneled gown. It’s inappropriate for almost any event you’d likely want to wear it–and as such, so fantastically ideal. Takeaway #3 is that if you’re not sure where to wear it, the answer is probably everywhere.

And finally, here are the Rachel Comey girls. Does anyone remember that episode of Sex and The City when Samantha bought a black pixie wig and followed boyfriend Richard Wright into his apartment building where she found him having a fine clam dinner inside another woman’s crotch? She pulled the wig off, cracked a framed photo she had purchased and dramatically remarked, “there, now your heart is broken too!” These girls are that Samantha Jones only they don’t care what their male counterparts are up to because quite frankly, their plans are better. There’s a hint of 70s glam permeating through this collection that remains just that: a hint, to make room for the profoundly evident menswear inspiration. Takeaway #4 goes, in matters of gender and fashion, it’s never just one or the other.

And that’s all I got. Alright now, snow, give us your best shot. (Also, be sure to check in on Manstagram where I be posting from da runwayz in real time, yo.)

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  • Amy Arisse

    beautiful leather jackets on the last pictures.

    xx Amy.

  • Jennifer

    I must have the rust colored leather dress. Must.

    xo Jennifer

  • rhodawong
  • Domonique

    Loved the grunged up styling from the BCBG Max Azria show- haha that SATC episode was epic.

  • Vicki Archer

    Im so glad the tailored suit is still popular…such a style classic…gorgeous blouse with the white collar… xv

  • Loved the BCBG collection, especially one burgundy outfit with matching perforated top + bottom. See my favourites on my blog!

  • Dayna

    I need that plaid suit in my life.

  • effe

    thank you for the particular…. tabitha simmons’ pumps is really perfect!

  • Belén Cavas Hernández
  • ah that rust color is divine!

  • Belén Cavas Hernández
  • I adore that SATC reference. “A fine clam dinner…”-NYFW by Man Repeller

  • Digging BCBG’s looks. It’s the layering. I think it’s put me over the top in some sense.

    Those jackets from the Rachel Comey collection are so cool. You’re right these girls don’t care what their male counterparts are up to… I want that look.


  • monkeyshines

    inspiring looks!


  • my soul dress

    I love Rachel Comey collection…always
    great selection

  • Rose Marie

    Your catwalk reviews make me smile like no other,

    and the fact that the tailored suit does in fact ‘prevail’ only makes that smile a little bit bigger.

  • Can’t wait for the killer suiting and fabulous prints. Love your fashion week coverage – Keep up the great work!

  • These look amazing!

  • lavieenliz

    wish I could be at the shows

  • Bonnie Clyde
  • Aimee

    Really like the 3rd set of photos (with the plaid suit) and the Rachel Comey looks. And the SATC reference! 🙂

    xoxo Aimee

  • That very episode of sex and the city is on tv on E! right now!! At the moment carrie is in a carriage with big:)

  • Malibu PR Gal

    Max Azria BCBG was my hands down fave have so far. I loved Nicholas K ( def – Malibu vibe – totally wearable year round here ). The slouchy beanie that never left is back in full force. Do we have Alexander Wang Fall 2008 to thank for this classic that has been showing up frequently in Fall 2013 ( and it’s only day 2 ) ??? : )

  • Wind-up bird

    Huzzah, androgyny and plaid suits. And some stilettos for good measure. Can’t wait for more updates, grrl.

  • That bespectacled wavy waxed hair look is sooo you MR! You’re so ahead of the trends> Mwa

    <3 Paula Shoe Fiend


    The BCBG Maz Azria collection looks amazing

  • malu
  • Harling

    Each of these girls seems to have a plan–a destination. It’s fucking amazing that clothes can transport you to a literal or mental place that other people (read: creatures with testicles) might not understand but that still exudes so much self-confidence it is unshakably captivating to any human onlooker. I think that is the ultimate sign of sartorial man-repelling: potential-stereotype-shattering levels of confidence mixed with tangible risk in the form of beanies, dresses over pants, power lesbian haircuts, and leather capelets. So far, this NYFW seems to be totally on board with the man-repeller’s desire to simultaneously flip the bird and utterly captivate. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for 2013.

  • pytinpty

    Always a pleasure to read your thoughts on each collection! My favorite from all these is Timo Weiland! Doesn’t the sock-shoe at CoW remind you of the Prada SS13 shoes?

  • natalie

    i’m friggen in love with these pieces!!


  • Lauren at adorn la femme

    Cooing over these shots and Rachel Comey is truly brilliant these days! You are choosing the best shows to cover!


    -Lauren at adorn la femme

  • The Provoker

    I’m sure you’re also drooling over those high waisted washed denim trows from Rachel Comney, they’re gorge! Worn and fitted in all the right places. I’ve just posted up one my most PROVOKING outfits featuring Erdem’s
    runway printed neoprene coat and matching heels, do tell what you think
    on the craziness and l hope it entertains 😉

    xx The Provoker

  • tessa

    Really love these looks!

  • SylviaETC

    Leandra, love the edit !!!
    my eyes are especially on the beautiful Timo Weilland Alaiaesque dress … and definitely the Rachel commey girls look too !!!

  • Mouthful of Style

    Great recap. British fashion prevails with plaid and suiting!

    Style insights and luxury fashion business learnings;

  • plaid better not be dead for a long time! i love how the designers are coming out with fresh new colors and ways to re-interpret plaid! and over the knee boots…love them!! especially the ones that look like super long thigh high stockings.

  • That suit is incredible!