From legends to upstarts, panoply of style at New York Fashion Week
Models present creations from the Thakoon Spring/Summer 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week
By Barbara Goldberg
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Legendary designer Carolina Herrera, style mogul Tommy Hilfiger, actress Katie Holmes and young upstart Mathieu Mirano took wildly divergent paths with their spring 2014 collections unveiled at New York Fashion Week on Monday.
Herrera, 74, who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy and created daughter Caroline Kennedy's wedding gown, whipped up optical illusions using black-and-white stripes and geometric prints with pink and orange accents.
She teased out views of the shoulders, back, neck and arms with organza panels and overlays.
Mirano, 22, who made a splash dressing Lady Gaga in paper and who says Katy Perry may soon wear his next surprise, went full throttle with metallic gold python bustier dresses and dramatically sheer frocks and pants.
Venezuelan-born Herrera said in a statement at her show that the collection was inspired by the Kinetic Art movement, which uses optical illusions to make works appear to vibrate.
Sheer patterned fabrics were layered over bold motifs so "the clothes in motion create a virtual, multidimensional experience for the viewer," Herrera said.
"The silhouettes are cut very simply, but they are very feminine and very easy to wear and with a lot of movement, which is what I wanted for this year," she told Reuters.
Holmes & Yang, a small line by actress Katie Holmes and stylist Jeanne Yang, featured daytime frocks, sundresses, camisoles, a dress-and-coat set, a menswear-inspired jacket and trousers, pencil skirt and gowns - enough for a perfect closet.
The looks were sweet and simple, but like clothes one might image the actress wearing, a little hardened at the edges.
A floor-length midnight blue V-necked gown was trimmed in black leather, a silk tweed motorcycle jacket covered a bustier dress, and a soft suede safari-style jacket topped silk shorts.
In a statement, Holmes & Yang said they chose to "toughen up" their delicate pieces.
Mirano, a New York native, said his muse was the shapes and fabrics of lingerie.
"We're using a lot of lace - something that's quite sweet - and pairing it with python, something quite sinister," he told Reuters. "It's a nice juxtaposition."
His collection included a trench coat in a white laminated French lace with prominent bra cups and high-waisted shorts sewn from platinum metallic python.
Tommy Hilfiger was all about sand, surf and sun - complete with a boardwalk for the runway, sand dunes as the backdrop and the music of the Beach Boys.