By: Laura Foster
I remember the moment I realized I wanted to work in fashion. I had just received the December 2003 issue of VOGUE and as I slowly flipped through the beautiful feature story shot by Annie Leibovitz I knew I had found something my soul would love forever: fashion. It wasn’t just the beautiful images, amazing clothes, or the fact that they had drawn from literature to inspire the shoot. It was all of the little pieces that comprising the whole that made it so incredible. Years later, I am still in love with fashion. It is a wonderful thing to get to do what you love every day and still be excited for the next day. Nothing could have prepared me for the overwhelming emotions I would feel seeing my first show at New York Fashion Week because it’s everything I ever thought it would be and so much more. To quote Aristotle, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This is always true in fashion. Fashion isn’t just about the piece on the runway right in front of you or even about that one collection. It’s also about the collection on the runway in the neighboring room, what has appeared on past runways, images on the designer’s inspiration board, street style, movies, so on and so forth. Everything is part of the working whole known as NYFW and in particular, Fall/Winter 2014.
The Czar by Cesar Galindo presentation was hosted at the Hub at the Hudson Hotel. With strong prints, patterns, and graphics, the collection carried a strong street vibe with the illusion of raw materials being used. Splashes of metallic interwoven throughout the entire collection makes all of the piece feel very ready wear, Galindo use of very rich colors was offset by the winter whites, which is continuing to be a strong trend for next fall. Yet, individually all of his pieces were very elegant and strong, perfect for a downtown edgy vibe.
Parkchoonmoo is the perfect fit for the mod southern femme. With her strong cubistic lines and cuts, featured with sleek minimalistic fabrics the collection is absolutely stunning! The designer Demi Park celebrated the 25th anniversary of her line by going back to her very first question what design is to her personally. The house was founded under the name De’Moo literally meaning “from zero” or “out of nothing”. Demi understands ‘Moo’ (nothingness) as unlimited boundaries and beauty, which have come in different shapes and forms now every season 25 years. AW14 will be a season of re-interpreting her old collection and studies, “going back to the roots”. This collection is speaking of contrast that combined, neutralize each other: plus and minus equal zero, and out of the nothingness every piece claims it’s presence.
In keeping with this formula, the designer has been using different iconic fabrics, and shapes out of the Parkchoonmoo DNA to be reassembled in an almost cubistic way: fabrics include alpaca, lamb leather, beaver, cashmere fused felts, and organic cottons, in colors that have been most dear to the designer’s heart: in addition to the ever predominant navy, black, and white there is a strong presence of camel, hints of carmine red, a black and white houndstooth as well as metallic gold printed on wool reminiscing her Fall 2011 collection.
**All stock photos credited to Women’s Wear Daily.