Never did we foresee the day when 'Nemo' would become synonymous with anything other than a bouncing, baby clown fish but alas, the day has indeed come and it's fucking cold. So at this point, it seems more appropriate than ever to condemn fashion week season showings of their backwardness that's nothing short of being a complete tease. Unfair, at best. And considering the racing pace of global warming, we might not even be able to wear the current looks walking down the runway come next winter.
But if Mama Nature does indeed have a few cold months left up the sleeve (of what I imagine as some variation of a moo-moo), for the 2014 winter months, at least we'll have some rad outerwear to bear it with as foretold by the NYFW FW13 shows. Trends like winter whites, below the knee lengths, super-structure, trappist elements, and sophisticated moto-vibes point to luxe as the overarching idea. Plainly put, Cruella Deville is having a moment (particularly at Jen Kao + Altuzarra). Design inspiration also appears to be indicating underlying themes of warmth and that's something I can fully get behind. As someone with poor circulation in my extremities and little tolerance to cold by nature, I love nothing more than a good purposeful top layer.
Starting with the bohemian-swag parkas and beanies at BCBG. 90% of body heat goes escapes through the head, y'know? Well, now ya do so keep the beanie on. Yigal Arzouel, killed it with anoraks. What's new? Lacoste showed a few great winter white ensembles that make the top of the packing list for a vacation to the Planet Hoth -- or perhaps just Vail. If that's not purposeful layering, I'm not sure what is. And while Lacoste may have the ski gear covered, see Jason's Wu for a more sophisticated take for all your apres-ski needs.
Something much like Downton Abbey menswear -- that is, experiments in good lapels -- walked at nearly every show since Thursday in the form of clean cut, cab coats -- many even laden with very utilitarian fur. (See: Yigal Azrouël, Timo Weiland, Edun, Rebecca Minkoff, Helmut Lang, Rag and Bone, Billy Reid, Alexander Wang). Adversely, moto-lapels and boxey-90's inspired leather silhouettes were also ubiquitous -- notably the leather jackets at Jen Kao and another at Rag and Bone. Altuzarra leather bomber jackets simultaneously taught us a lesson in good layering while paired over a trench... or with mittens that may or may not have once been part of a mascot's costume.
The trench also received many a modern twist including toggle-leather combos at Rebecca Minkoff, silk at Rag and Bone and bare-bones simplicity at Timo Weiland. Military inspiration and bomber jackets at Timo Wieland and M. Patmos noteworthy as well as the intensely military-inspired wears at Prabal Gurung. How about some leather hardware for your neck to literally harness your body heat?
Explore the slideshow above for all the aforementioned trends and roll over the images for credits.
Stay warm, KK xx
All images via The Cut