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By Elana Katz

Though it did feel like all my favorite people were hanging out without me, I enjoyed Fashion Week Fall 2014 from the sidelines. Fashion Week was an absolute success, running from Feb. 6 to 13 and powering through the storm that hit New York City on the final day.

Some of the fashion world’s most coveted labels showcased their fall 2014 collections while  making way for less prominent designers. Big ticket shows included BCBGMaxAzria, Tory Burch, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, who owned the grand finale. Other noteworthy, but not widely-known, designers were The Row, Karen Walker, Proenza Schouler and Rodarte.

My two favorite collections included Rodarte and Proenza Schouler for their innovative and sophisticated, yet accessible, designs for the upcoming season.

The Mulleavy sisters behind Rodarte found a new way to make geek chic. Roadarte called upon childhood memories this year to create pieces that were reminiscent of smocks and patchwork dresses. The looks that turned heads most were the Luke Sywalker and R2-D2 prints sewn into the sides of gowns. Some called it silly, but at the very least, it gave everyone something to talk about. It’s Rodarte’s way of saying, “May the force be with you.”

Giraffe was just one of many prints featured in Proenza Schouler’s fall ’14 collection. In the past, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandaz, the men behind Proenza Schouler, created black and white collections. However, this upcoming season will see a wide array of bold colors and fun prints from this duo. All of the looks that came down the runway featured geometric shapes, color-blocking and patterning. My favorite piece from the collection is the giraffe print jacket with voluminous sleeves. From the black and orange print to the shape, this Proenza Schouler jacket will be the first to go in stores in the fall.

In the way of trends, Fashion Week established a few that will make every fashionista happy. Flats are still in, sequins are here to stay and the top knot is the best for fall hair.

Back in the fall of 2013, spring ’14 looks predominately featured flats, promoted by the likes of Helmut Lang, Tibi, Derek Lam and Suno. It is clear that not much has changed; flats are staying and are now being paired with crew length socks. DKNY, The Row, Band of Outsiders, Melitta Baumeister for VFiles and Creatures of Comfort all featured simple socks with flat shoes. Heel-haters, rejoice!

Sequins are not for everyone, but once you lay your eyes on some of these awe-inspiring pieces, you may change your mind. Designers such as Narciso Rodriguez, Victoria Beckham and Jenny Packham dabbled in sequins yet still created sophisticated, chic pieces. Whether sequins made the ensemble or were just an accent, they were the perfect way to shine. I have my eye on those gold pants from J.Crew. Jenna Lyons just gets it.

It was not too long ago that almost everyone was rocking some form of a top knot. Throughout the last few years, this hairstyle has waned in popularity, but if Fashion Week taught me anything, it’s that this trend is back and bigger than ever. Top knots start as a traditional ballerina bun but become an all-out statement hairstyle. Both Carolina Herrera and Diane Von Furstenberg sent models down the runway with towering top knots, adding that extra dimension to their overall looks. Whether messy or sleek, your hair will be sky high.

Finally, despite the terrible storm, Marc Jacobs filled the New York State Armory with 750 fellow designers, celebrities, bloggers and fashion enthusiasts. As the final show, Jacobs brought the house down with his foam cloud-covered ceiling, featuring 46 models sporting his latest creations. The models took to the runway with Jessica Lange’s voice in the background filled the hall with a spoken-word monologue from the lyrics of Depression-era song  “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Unlike last year’s surrealist qualities, the overall feeling was airy and mature.

The looks were light and most featured soft hues, such as oatmeal and pink. All the models sported blunt medium bob wigs with wide headbands and bare makeup. The uniformity in makeup and hair gave the collection a certain sense of cohesion among the oversized tunics and slouchy dresses.

The overall collection looked nature-inspired and mellow. It seemed to me that the show illustrated Jacob’s definite shift in focus now that he has stepped away from Louis Vuitton and Marc by Marc Jacobs to focus on his main collection. Regardless, it was a beautiful way to close out Fashion Week.

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