Are Ya Ready Kids? (And Here’s Where You Say – ‘Aye Aye, Captain!’)

Guys. We’re only a few shows in and already there are four very important things we need you to know for Spring 2014. Are you ready? Get ready. New York Fashion Week has officially begun.

The first thing we need to talk about is the color RED, capital R-E-D. Embrace it, love it, roll around in it. None of that “It doesn’t go with my hair color” business. Come May you’re going to crave the Kool-aid no matter what. Richard Chai Love packed the first punch just three looks in with a double breasted blazer on top and floor length silk below.

Also on the color-wheeled crave-agenda is hospital gown blue, as spotted at Organic by John Patrick last night and Creatures of the Wind today. The chambray hue appeared again — more muted this time — on BCBG‘s models and the Chai Love men.

Next up on the agenda: skirts. If the Fall ’13 runways established anything, it’s that the skirted look of our current season is all about modesty and volume (think Marni and Rochas) — an idea carried into the Spring ’14 runways thus far.

And finally, the trench: We’re all going to need a trench, buttoned twice at the top so we can copy Creatures.

As for the collections in full, it seems our designers are off to a fantastic start thus far. Maybe it’s because we don’t want the current sunny season to end, or because September Fashion Week feels like the start of a new school year, but it’s hard not to feel optimistic and affectionate towards the foreshadowing clothes of a Spring runway…

Show: Organic By John Patrick


Vibe: A sophisticated woman who understands the benefits of flats. She’s assertive, yet mellow. Stylish, but inherently so.

Important notes: Thoughtful without feeling contrived, Organic by John Patrick’s Spring collection felt like a definite nod to the quiet corner of women who prefer to be covered up — but not ignored. And I can’t stress this enough: it was ALL about the skirts.

Show: BCBG


Vibe: “Oh this old thing? I just threw it on.”

Important notes: BCBG’s collection showcased exactly the type of effortless things you want to wear come May, like hues of blue splattered on white breezy fabrics, or unassuming florals and loose fitting shapes, plus a sleeveless trench with a drop-waisted belt.

Show: Richard Chai Love


Vibe: “Just stepped off my yacht with this totally handsome hunk and I look awesome and carefree and tan and whatnot. But I dress cool, not douche-y.”

Important notes: Richard Chai threw the red in slowly — subtle stripes on the first model’s legs, then like a seasoned chef with a bottle of olive oil in hand he added a little more. And by the time the third model hit the runway she was fully cooked in a color the designer is calling “Poppy.” (Which we can still call red, right? K good.) That chambray blue mentioned earlier made appearances throughout, then came an intermission of greens and suddenly, black. But the clothes remained cool enough that the dark didn’t feel heavy, and the styling (such as fitted cropped leather over flowing separates) kept the whole thing casual.

Show: Creatures of the Wind

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Vibe: The straight-A, honor roll whiz kid whose multiple study abroad trips got her into enough trouble so that she’s actually cooler than you. 

Important notes: Creatures of the Wind designers Chris Peters and Shane Gabier showed restraint in this collection while still having fun. Their buttoned up models captured a modesty that could have leaned librarian but instead felt fresh. The secret ingredient was color, where reds and metallics breathed youth into boxy tops and knee-length frocks. The show closed to the tune of Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun,” and we all tried in earnest to keep our clapping in tandem with the song’s iconic rhythm.

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  • monkeyshines
  • I am really feeling the red!

  • K.H

    Pretty sure that Man Repeller had already picked ‘hospital gown blue’ from the Poodle post a few days ago – Sahhh trendy!

    Loving all of these collections – especially the Richard Chai Love dress / pant combo!


  • Cherie Gisondi

    Love the red! I’m sad I can’t see the shows, but thankful for your reviews. Thanks L!! Love ya!!

  • Idalia


    check out my post on the shows too!

  • myblissisthisway
  • Fashion week is up to an amazing start!! I’m absolutely in love with the entire BCBG Max Azria collection…and although you didn’t mention it, I also am drooling over Tanya Taylor’s collection. Wish I was there!

  • Kim P.

    I mean, his name is Richard CHAI…

  • Olivia

    what the hell does “stylish and inherently so” mean? Leandra, you’re a talented writer, you don’t need to resort to pretentious over-writing to display your intelligence.

    • Amelia Diamond

      Leandra didn’t write this, I (Amelia – hey!) did. Leandra has a really natural way with words and an ability to write the way she actually speaks. My writing is a bit different but I’m working on fitting in with The MR voice as a whole.

      What I meant is…and maybe this is a whole other post…that some people are stylish because of their tools (magazines, the stores they shop in, etc), whereas some people just have style without ever having to think about it, like they’re born with it or something. Organic by JP looks like it’s made for that woman who is just born with it. To me at least.

      Neither version of “style” is right or wrong, by the way. I’d probably wear Crocs if someone hadn’t told me early on it was a bad idea.

      So thank you for your comment Olivia — I’m new here and the feedback is much appreciated!

      — Amelia

      • haapi

        Good on you to take the criticism head on…It’s a pretty sharp group of gals here, and undoubtedly ready to help you ease into your new role, especially if you take feedback this well every time!

        I, for one, love how fashion and smarts meld on this blog. Keep up the good work, both of you. (PS: Breathtaking collection.)

      • LikeApro

        Bravo on taking a hit so eloquently. Also, love the new voice you add to MR. Keep it up!

        • Emily

          I agree with the above and commend you on your response, Amelia! So lovely to hear from another talented writer like yourself, it makes for a refreshing change and I find your style to be really lovely to read! Looking forward to reading more from you!

  • SOCIAL_la

    Love reading your thoughts on the exciting start to NYFW!!


  • Rimon Design House

    LOVE everything about the white Organic by John Patrick but that Chanel video ad is KILLING me!!!

  • Deese
  • Skirts skirts skirts! Can’t get enough of the Organic by John Patrick collection.

  • Love the BCBG collection!

    Mafalda ❤

  • Busy Darling

    Oh! I am excited about that too!!

  • royal wang

    New York fashion week-my favorite fashion week !

  • melanie

    great trends!

    The Fashion Menue

  • Nico
  • dd

    I’m loving the “VIBE” summaries of the shows. Keep this up, up, up 🙂

  • tinydarling

    Great post! I’m loving the full skirt idea. I can definitely dig it.

  • Kate

    love John Patrick Organic SKIRTS!!!

  • Omar Abreu

    Organic by John Patrick…Wow #SoGood

  • Delilah

    omg organic by john patrick is awesome


  • Thank you for the overview.
    A great article!!!

    xoxo Julia

  • love love the trends!! 🙂