In the past few years, Creatures of the Wind has quickly risen to the top of the heap of designers at NYFW as one of the biggest shows with some of the brightest ideas. The Chicago duo has made the cowboy-of-the-future look not only a thing, but utterly cool as well (this season, it's extended its Wild West repertoire with oversized-collared jackets, neck kerchiefs, and pinafore-style dresses). For its spring '14 collection, Creatures of the Wind has skewed a tad more ladylike — but done in the anti-prissy, anti-precious way that fellow creatures can get behind.
Like the metallic trapper keeper of a teenager obsessed with Martha Stewart and Krautrock, the collection was comprised of a mishmash of contrasting man-made materials — shimmering plastic lamé, digital floral prints, and a crinkled paper nylon looked surprisingly organic, given their otherworldly sheen. What really caught our eye was the new take on wrapping, with double-breasted jackets buttoned just at the neck and left open like a shell, blouses crisscrossed under bustiers that mimicked Georgian country-style frilliness, and wrapped bandannas that looked like turtleneck dickies.