What is there to say about Reem Acra besides showing a remarkably sexy, sophisticated collection? The designer in the past has been guilty of letting the wedding collection overshadow her ready to wear offerings, but not this time. Acra took her collection back to the seventies with single strap polka dot floor numbers that was open on the side seductively being held together with straps going up the thigh horizontally. Oh yes. She went there. The next stunner was a long full length dress conservatively closed at the neck, but what’s this, entirely open diagonally from the thigh in asymmetric fashion. Ms. Acra, is this your eye popping welcome to dangerous and daring party? What was just wonderful about the long dresses in this collection is that they played on the conservative with just enough to be seductive. It was almost as if the designer was challenging the conventions of sexiness itself. Some pieces detracted a bit from the collection, immediately the metallic strapless bra paired with a single broad strapped shimmery full length dress with green shape print comes to mind. Acra’s collection for Spring Summer 2014 is beautiful and skews a set of ages, which is another first it seems as the mid twenty set had options as well as the 30 and 40 set. It wasn’t just for the grown, it was for the sexy as well.
BCBG Max Azria is a fashion week favorite for many at Papierdoll. The designer went in a decidedly different direction than previous collections. There was a lot of play with shapes and small touches with patterns prints that made it a winner on several levels. An example is a skim waisted crème pant that was wide through the legs paired with a mid-riff baring layered white crop sleeve blouse. It was more upmarket and spoke to an audience outside of what one would consider the target younger BCBG audience. We saw a lot whites, cremes, plays with prints (especially when darker colors came out). That’s what was interesting to an extent. The lighter color pieces stood on their own without the need for prints for this BCBG collection. The darker color items popped because of the prints. Is BCBG Max Azria widening its audience? The jury is out.
We’ve followed Jenny Packham from her rocking collections in London to her arrival in New York. Her Spring/Summer 2014 collection is a sophisticated treat for all of the things that it is and her history. Packham in the past has shown at times an unsteady hand, with past collections having an equally amount of good and not so parts. This one was for the most part was outstanding minus just a small smattering that we could do without. Stand out pieces from the collection included a long flowing citrus halter dress that so far is one of the best of fashion week in New York. Another simply must have is an accordion style layered red dress with a flowy hem that falls right above the knee. A southern embellished ribbon tie halter dress was simply breathtakingly beautiful. I could go on and on, but this was just an example of how feminine and well-constructed Packham’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection is. At the risk of sounding like a used car salesman, I have to say, run don’t walk to get at least one piece from Jenny Packham’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection.