New York Fashion Week AW14 highlights from Jenny Packham, Vera Wang, Proenza Schouler & more

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New York Fashion Week has well and truly got us geared up for London Fashion Week which kicks off tomorrow! The last of the shows – from Michael Kors to Oscar de la Renta to Jenny Packham, and more – certainly didn’t let us down, as we were met with everything from red carpet Oscar-worthy ensembles to essential winter cover-ups to all else in-between.

Kate Middleton’s Jenny Packham look at the National Portrait Gallery was an exellent reminder of how wow-worthy the designer’s pieces can be – a thought which was only reiterated when we saw the autumn/winter 2014 collection float down the runway. Although the collection was reportedly inspired by Bianca Jagger, there were sartorial influences dating as far back as the 1930s in the collection; the glittering gold dress was a particular favourite of ours, and one which we predict might appear on an awards season red carpet this year.

Vera Wang, who has dressed a number of our fave A-listers including the most recent celeb bride Kaley Cuoco who went against the grain and opted for a pink wedding down, went for romance – but not as we know it. Dark romance was the theme for the designer’s autumn/winter 2014 collection, with lots of black and charcoal coloured pieces making their debut on the Big Apple catwalk. There was also an abundance of tartan – a definite AW14 trend we need to look out for over the next few weeks!

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Although Blake Lively and Freida Pinto were among the famous faces who sat on the front row wearing some very feminine and floral Michael Kors spring/summer 2014 pieces, the designer’s latest collection had a hint of androgyny about it. Rich, luxe fabrics were juxtaposed with casual cool tailoring, offering us a very covetable autumn/winter collection that we’ll be seeing on fashionistas across the globe. The arm candy – the tasseled bags, especially – were also particularly drool-inducing. We knew he wouldn’t let us down!

If there’s one thing Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez wanted you to take away from the Proenza Schouler show, it’s that prints are in for the new season! So much so that we don’t think the boys featured a single non print look! Everything from animal prints to abstract patterns – the autumn/winter 2014 collection had it all! Oh, and we feel we need to mention that all of the models rocked the new collection in fierce and fabulous flats, which gives us another excuse to hang up the six-inch stilettos and run about town in comfier shoes. Karl Lagerfeld was onto something when he introduced those Chanel trainers last month…

Take a look at the rest of our NYFW highlights below, and don’t forget to keep checking back tomorrow for our overview on the first day of London Fashion Week. We predict it’s going to be a good’un!

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