Sure, it's wonderful to see the big-name designers show off their chops during Fashion Week, but when it really comes down to the nitty-gritty of what we love about fashion, it's at the more intimate presentations. Where else do you get to sidle up so close to the clothes that you can see the stitching, chat with the designer, and take as long as you need to digest what you're seeing?
It's in that vein that we bring you the best of the New York Fashion Week's smaller shows. Some of these names may not be new to the industry but they definitely debuted at this Fashion Week in one form or another. In all cases, they're beginning to embark on what looks like a long, fulfilling love affair with our pocketbooks.
Here is the ultimate cheat sheet on our favorite smaller scale collections that we have a feeling are all going to be making major splashes very, very soon.
Adam Lippes — We are beyond excited to announce that Adam Lippes is back in a major way. After the close of his line, ADAM, we were on the edge of our seats to see what Lippes would do in his first season with his newly reclaimed eponymous line. Inspired by classic American sportswear, this tailored collection of sleek separates is both no-nonsense and utterly decadent. Any modern woman should definitely take a look.
Photos: Courtesy of Adam Lippes.
Delpozo — Spanish label, Delpozo, debuted its fall '13 collection for the first time in the Big Apple this season, and we're not sure we want to ever give them back. The perfectly tailored, beautifully embroidered range is full of structured, feminine dresses and beautiful, formal-occasion separates. While Delpozo is far from a new line (the brand first began in Spain in 1974), this collection is a new name for many of us stateside, and we think its debut showcase will definitely bring this brand all sorts of new attention.
Photos: Courtesy of Delpozo.
Bellavance — Recent Parsons graduates Nolan Bellavance and Ava Hama debuted their new line, Bellavance, at MADE this New York Fashion Week, and we were blown away by the maturity of this newborn brand. The collection, which was inspired by Dario Argento's film The Stendhal Syndrome, is full of clean and structured separates in rich colors and textures, like a bright white leather jacket and deep-red silk dress, both which just about knocked us off our feet.
Photos: Courtesy of Bellavance.
Louise Amstrup — Brit-based designer Louise Amstrup may be a New York Fashion Week newbie but Amstrup is anything but an amateur. After working for various designers like Alexander McQueen and Jonathan Saunders, Amstrup has developed a keen P.O.V. that's equal parts playful and feminine. From turned-up collars paired with pretty floral-printed skirts and dresses to large-armed silhouettes and sleekly tailored trousers, we've fallen hard for Amstrup's whimsical-meets-wearable pieces.
Photos: Courtesy of Louise Amstrup.
Assembly — Innovative styling was the number one takeaway from Assembly's fall '13 presentation during New York Fashion Week. The collection, which was based on the intersection between work and play, included plenty of the sporty, luxurious separates that we've come to expect from CFDA finalist, Greg Armas. What really blew us away was how fluidly the designer layered his playful-yet-tailored pieces to create looks that are definitely appropriate for a whole host of occasions, in a very downtown-girl-meets-Thom-Browne sense. The presentation was truly a treat and demonstrated the expert showmanship that we love to see during New York Fashion Week.
Photos: Courtesy of A Band of Light/Assembly.
Giulietta — With her fall '13 collection, CFDA finalist Sofia Sizzi focused on honing the image of Giulietta girl. Representing the full range of day-to-night clothing, the collection features easy-to-wear pieces in flowing '60s shapes and laid-back boho separates. The fabrics play in contrast to the strong cuts and bright colors that are sure to define this line going forward.
Photos: Courtesy of Martin Scott Powell/Giulietta.
Veronica Beard — Veronica Beard focused its fall '13 collection on the tried-and-true spirit of Americana traditionalism. Full of cowgirl references, Beard's cozy, layered looks were big hits. It's hard to nod to the Wild West without looking costume-y, and Beard pulled it off without a hitch.
Photos: Courtesy of Veronica Beard.
Rodebjer — Carin Rodebjer brought her Scandinavian range of nubby knits and cocoon coats to New York Fashion Week, and, unsurprisingly, we likey. Rodebjer's fall '13 collection draws inspiration from the designer's childhood in rural Gotland, Sweden, and the pieces certainly show off the natural wonder of Sweden both through the rawness of the materials used as well as the largely neutral color palette. We are definitely impressed by how chic Rodebjer has made work wear and we are sure that this collection will be a future favorite amongst professional women everywhere (and of every age).
Photos: Courtesy of Rodebjer.