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New York Fashion Week 2014 | The Haptic Empire Strikes Back

New York Fashion Week | The Haptic Empire Strikes Back

New York Fashion Week 2014 has come and gone. London Fashion Week has come and gone. Next up is Milan, and I’m feeling so behind on my trend reports! There’s been a bevy of new and emerging trends to track and translate. It’s been especially interesting to see which designers have felt most “future forward,” and which ones missed the boat. Of course there are some – think Burberry, Temperley London, Marchesa, Rodarte, Marc Jacobs – who are on a hot streak, delivering one fantastic collection after another. Some designers stick to their guns – their bread and butter color palettes, shapes and silhouettes; while others like Thom Browne work to break their own molds with each new season. It should come as no surprise that J.Crew’s RTW collection was another solid effort. Ms. Lyons’ empire is poised and ready. I’m hoping she’ll expand the brand into homewares next…Karen Walker also deserves a mention for a collection that felt fresh, tasteful and will keep us purse-hoaders dreaming of water canteen cross-bodies for the next few seasons, not to mention a brilliant variety of new sunglasses. I’m already aching for her tangerine-tinted shades.

There was a strange homage to Star Wars at Rodarte, but excited more was I by the 80’s Rainbow Brite/Candyland revival. I caught glimpses of this trend at Delpozo, Custo Barcelona, Matthew Williamson and Fausto Puglisi. Hang on to those 80’s oversized sweaters and sweatshirts, folks. There will definitely be gold at the end of these rainbows.

Other important details to take note of: fur, fur, did I mention fur? Don’t forget florals. And laser-cut laces, and loads of texture. A haptic homage, if you will, to the texture of reality. I’ve written a great deal about our need for the “real”, for the raw, rich details of earth, water, sound and smell. My yen for gardening is the one hobby that keeps me grounded these days (if you’ll pardon the pun). I seem increasingly unable to sever my own ties to email, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Maybe it’s the fear of missing out, maybe it’s the literal charge of electricity that excites my mind, but never do I feel so relaxed and centered as when I’ve left my phone indoors and spent my day outside raking, weeding, planting and drinking in sunshine.

The next five years of fashion should find this penchant for strong haptic sensations repeated. It’s a wonderful, yet sometimes excruciating exercise in keeping one’s balance, and living and breathing a full, richly imagined existence.

Enjoy my favorite moments from the fall collections below. Do chime in and tell me what you loved most about New York Fashion Week 2014!

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