Great to be with you this week in LA at the Spring 14 Textile market! Honestly, I don’t know what season I’m living in these days having jumped from actual Winter 2013 in DC (wearing Fall 2012 designs) to seeing the Fall ’13 Collections in New York earlier this week, to then going to warmer weather in Los Angeles, where we chose material for our Julia Farr Collection that will debut a year from now. I had to keep checking my calendar to get my bearings.
What you missed in New York were the best collections I’ve seen in a few seasons from designers who seem to be inspired anew for Fall ’13. From the collections we saw at Coterie at the Javits Center, I thought Catherine Malandrino, Raoul, White + Warren and Susana Monaco went back to their design roots creating collections that were chic, current and very wearable. Small made in America designers like Sara Campbell and Amy Matto also came back with their best silhouettes that have earned them significant followings.
So here’s my quick take on Fall market:
What I saw in every collection: Peplum tops and skirts. Leather detail and full leather dresses, coats and tops.
Fur embellishment is still strong, as are full-fur designs.
Skirt lengths are hitting mid-knee, with the maxi-look fading away.
Colors: Black and more black with a little black thrown in. So hold onto your black.
Also here, there and everywhere were grey, burgundy, purples, deep oranges and some reds. Navy was present in most collections in coats, dresses, in wool, silk and knits. Holding over from Spring ’13 is black and white together again.
Boucle wool is everywhere in skirts, dresses, and fitted jackets. Did I mention printed velvet?
If I could have run out the door with anything it would have been the elongated fur vest from Raoul, the camel laser cut coat from Catherine Malandrino (photos above), a plethora of cashmere travel wraps from White + Warren in a host of bright, beautiful colors…
And maybe a handbag from Raoul–
Looking forward to writing all the Fall 2013 orders for Julia Farr that will arrive in-boutique in July, August and September — and then remembering what day it is today.