Though the end of Fashion Month is a rather depressing time for me – no new designer fashion for months? Really? – it also means I get to put my insanely organized, mildly obsessive compulsive side to use. After four weeks straight of watching all the glamorous fashion shows from the comfort of my couch, I’ve come up with my ten favorite looks of the Autumn/Winter 2014 Ready-to-Wear shows. Prepare for some serious fashion envy.
10. Dolce & Gabbana
As usual, D&G’s entire line was flawless from start to finish. This season the duo took a break from Italian history and instead focused on a more whimsical, fairy tale theme, and though I loved every metallic, chain mail-inspired look, my favorite remained this flowy, floral, floor-length gown. Try saying that three times fast.
What would a High Voltage fashion ranking be without a dash of beauty? I’m all about this sequin lipstick-patterned skirt suit, where professional met sassy. And no doubt the bright reds and pinks will bring a hit of sunshine to any wearer’s winter months.
An unexpected homage to New York cropped up in this Milan show, where Lady Liberty was splashed onto top after top. She looked stunning paired with bold extras like neon bright pumps and studded belts, proving that a lot of fun ensues when history meets runway.
Milan hit the nail on the head once again with this beautifully draped mustard gown. If anyone could make a designer dress that looks like it was made from a curtain and wrapped around a model’s body entirely chic, it’s the house of Emilio Pucci.
6. Alexander McQueen
My inner hippie child came out to play when I first glimpsed this gown. A white lace stunner with moon and sun cutouts and even a mermaid-like tail of snowy feathers, this dress was no doubt made for the cool and carefree. Frosty white makeup not mandatory.
After multiple seasons of Saab’s sheer, sequined gowns, I was crossing my fingers for something a little different this time around. While some of the aforementioned were indeed featured, this rose-to-black ombre gown stole the spotlight. The bold coloring and cleavage split mesh perfectly to create a totally unique look that’s still completely Saab.
Aaaand the hippie child returns once again. Floral scarves and floaty dresses were controlled by wide, waist-slimming belts at Burberry. I’m in love especially with the asymmetry of the scarf, which stays short on one side and flows nearly to the floor on the other. Oh, and you might not want to get me started on the bag and shoes.
Badgley Mischka showed how to don fur the right way, and this look was the climax of the lesson: the fur is minimized to one area of the body, paired with entirely different textures, and laid atop an incredibly slimming silhouette. All of the above keep you looking like you’re wearing the fur, and not the other way around. Absolutely stunning.
2. Zac Posen
Everyone knows Posen is king of the gorgeous gown, but we loved this one’s unexpected edgy twist. The deep black fabric and sharp angles at the bust made the model look like a princess of the night rather than your stereotypical, frilly royal. The high-low of the gown’s trim finished the look off entirely on-trend.
1. Vivienne Westwood
If I’m being entirely transparent, I wasn’t in love with a single other look in Westwood’s collection. But here, the punk-era goddess absolutely shined. Leather + volume + bold red = a look that borders on couture. And as a lover of the dramatic, I’m definitely okay with that.