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Brief Published: 20 Sep 2013

Top Takeaways from NYFW S/S 2014

New York Fashion Week ran from September 5-12, offering a range of new directions for S/S 2014. We round up the key directions to emerge from the shows.

Pale Blue with Neutrals: An update on Autumn/Winter 2013-14’s cornflower blue, the biggest colour combination to emerge for S/S 14 so far is a pale blue (as well as baby pink) teamed with nudes and neutral tones. Seen at Thakoon and Alexander Wang, the hue ranged from baby blue to silvery teal, with the contrast of grey and skin-tone neutrals keeping the pastel grown-up and modern.

Undone: Designers were interested in exposing the construction of garments, using raw finishes and rough lines to present a more unfinished, homespun look. Proenza Schouler’s raw paint stripes illustrated the designers’ domestic inspirations, while both Calvin Klein and Rachel Comey sent raw hems down the runway.

The Decolletage and Beyond: The décolletage was the key erogenous zone as designers took necklines lower (to the waist) or, in Wang’s case, inverting the V-neck for a new neckline that draws the eye to the area where the chest meets the midriff.

Satin: The light-reflecting material, normally associated with night/eveningwear, was a favourite fabrication for the likes of Theyskens’ Theory and Marc by Marc Jacobs. While Theyskens upheld the 90s’ references with satin slip dresses, Jacobs used the fabric on tailoring for an androgynous update on his A/W 13-14 boudoir inspirations.

Country Club Sweaters: The classic preppy tennis/cricket jumper was given a makeover by the likes of Rag & Bone and Band of Outsiders, while Wang’s sheer Fair Isle cardigans were far from Waspy.

Anti-Beauty: From shaggy acrylic wigs at Marc Jacobs to elfin ears poking through slicked-down hair at Theyskens’ Theory, NYFW was all about exploring atypical concepts of beauty this season