By: Laura Foster
Mondays during NYFW are like any other Monday across America. It’s Monday, and unless your energy is sponsored by Starbucks, it’s hard to get excited about anything before noon. Except, perhaps if you’re me, and then nothing can deter from my fashion week excitement. However, Monday was by far one of my favorite days. Lincoln Center had calmed down from the weekend festivities and I started my morning with a bunch of miniature diet Coke’s (the unofficial lifeblood of Lincoln Center) and the Mathieu Mirano show.
His collection was breathtaking and striking down to the last pair of Louboutins that strutted down the runway. Elegant to its core, Mathieu Mirano’s FW14 collection had a very downtown fit for the uptown femme. Not unlike Czar and Parchoonmoo, Mirano used a lot of geometric cuts in his fall collection. The ridged cuts that he worked seamlessly into his collection, and the silhouettes were softened by his use of various fabrics and colors. The collection featured leather, fur, fringe, sheer overlays, and metallics (sometimes shown in sequins) with accents of winter white, gray, navy, and lavender (Pantone color of 2014!) to break up all the traditional black garments.
Notice those red soles!
Barbara Tfank’s collection is timeless. Her collection featured in the Leila Heller Gallery is juxtaposed to Murat Pulat’s brightly colored oils of Hitchcock heroines. Drawing her inspiration from the classical European garden, captured so perfectly in Francesco Guardi’s painting of ripe, verdant blossoms, conveying both rococo richness and elegant refinement. In keeping with that spirit, this collection is her mostly luxuriant, featuring sweeping opera coats, chic cocktail frocks, and gowns that bring a sense of occasion.
Fabrics serve as both her inspiration and starting point with every collection. Textiles such as rose gold matelasse, topaz shadow-brocade and metallic gold poppies gleam against ruby and turquoise silk. Lush pink peonies bloom on glowing platinum lame and abstract pansy designs cluster on amethyst and turquoise jacquard. The classic art of hand crochet lace appears anew in the bodice of a silm cocktail dress and in sensual cashmere / chenille crochet lace sweaters. Tfank does a beautiful job of interpreting the past for the present day femme!
For more coverage continue on to NYFW Day Three!
**All stock photos credited to Women’s Wear Daily.