NYFW: Impressions #2

Although Paris fashion week has begun (don’t even get me started on the FOMO I am experiencing), we here on bean + nash still need to wrap up the amazing-ness that hit the New York runways at the beginning of September! Let’s kick it off with the Rebeccas…

Rebecca Taylor:
I absolutely love RT and will probably never give her a bad review. This collection was no different and I have at least 10 items on my wish list (wish list means never-going-to-happen list). One of the best things about RT pieces is that they combine ethereal femininity with a subtle tomboy flair. Impossible? Not for this designer. She makes orange and pink floral patterns mesh with cropped neoprene sweatshirts. The woman can make sweatshirts look chic! Plus they way she throws in some animal print and perforated leather makes me swoon like a teenage girl (I’m 20 now so I can say that).


Rebecca Minkoff:
Rebecca Minkoff took Frieda Kahlo, waxed her eyebrow(s)(?) and popped her in a miniskirt with some killer gladiator sandals. This Frieda makeover worked phenomenally and I personally would like the same treatment. Mexican-inspired pieces strutted down the runway combined with modern touches, like those sandals and structured blazers and collars. The blend of old and new world was a success but better yet, the show was fun! Janelle Monáe rocked the house and provided an upbeat background to a usually serious environment.


Taking it down a notch from the print-heavy, textured Rebecca collections was the Joie SS14 show. This collection was très Parisian with a huge nautical influence. Every piece is just calling to be worn on the banks of the Seine with a baguette, some cheese and a bottle of vino. Fun elements like the cropped white tank are juxtaposed with voluminous midi skirts in bold stripes. The bell bottoms are such a good #tbt to the ’70s and the straw hat that appears throughout the collection looks straight off the streets of Santorini.

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Mara Hoffman:
Mara Hoffman is a brand I got to connect with over the summer via my internship with L-atitude. We did an awesome jewelry collaboration with them for their swimsuit show during Miami fashion week and also lent them some camel tassels from Istanbul as accessories. Also their HQ is SO cool. When you walk in you feel like you’ve been transferred to a tribal hut on a beach in Bora Bora, but like, vintage, you know? Mara’s SS14 collection built on their swimsuits and expanded into a ready to wear line that boasts bold tribal prints and amazing silhouettes. How awesome is that simple navy number with the cutouts and printed tie-belt? I. Love. Good job Mara.




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