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Creatures of the WindSpring Summer 2015 New York

Runway Review
9/5/2014 Faith Cummings/fashionwirepress.com

Nature and folklore were at the foundation of Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters’s latest for Creatures of the Wind, titled “Fata Morgana”. The collection’s name is the Italian translation for sorceress Morgan Le Fay’s moniker and pertains to a complex mirage that can be seen in a narrow band right above the horizon - both on land in polar and desert regions, as well as at sea. Such a mythic inspiration rendered itself in quite modern design, though the lineup’s dizzying and blurred prints did bewitch and entrance the eyes. What was completely clear was the brand’s dedication to functionality which was echoed by way of office-ready pleated trousers, huarache-inspired flatforms, crop tops, and roomy outerwear.

The palette was sunny and poignant and befitting of Gabier and Peter’s far-flung inspiration, chock-full of lemon, cobalt, and cherry. Much of Le Fay’s legend is associated with the Mediterranean and that influence was evident from poolside-appropriate halter tops laying bare the entire midriff to windbreakers that were made for jaunts on the high seas. The Spring 2015 season has just kicked off, but again, long shorts made an appearance – a signal that the trend might become a force to be reckoned with by NYFW’s end.

Outerwear was an apparent point of focus, though the cohesion between the different variations left a bit to be desired. An eccentric, voluminous coat showed just a few looks before a contrast-sleeve leather bomber jacket – both speaking to two very different women and teetering between wearable fashion and the inaccessible kind that didn’t truly connect with the assortment’s vacation-perfect message. Roomy overcoats in both prints and solids were better layering points as they reflected a vibe of ease and effortlessness that made sense with the more pared-down pieces shown including clean sheaths, high-waist striped trousers, and contrast neckline dresses and tees.

The assortment was anchored in a striking sense of now with leather and embellishment. A high-waist, A-line skirt in the edgy texture reverberated fashion’s current penchants when coupled with a v-neck topper, while a paillette-covered bandeau layered under a camel-hued suit felt right for Tinseltown’s young and toned set. The bandeau and pencil skirt combination was presented quite a few times – not the most innovative duo in fashion, but one that is slowly but surely becoming a tried and true twosome for all those bold enough to expose their midsection.

The pull of the red carpet is too strong to resist, thus almost every brand now shows a selection of gowns that might work for a movie premiere or one of the world’s ever-growing amount of film festivals. Those on display here juxtaposed dainty embellishment with nautical stripes on simple, yet effective column gowns. The show was closed with an unforgettable, but seemingly out of place plaid gown that featured an off-the-shoulder silhouette, tie-waist that could be described no other way but grunge, and side slits – decidedly Westwood in its execution with less drama. Not quite as high-octane as the celebrity set’s predilections call for, but with an expansive list of events that require formal attire (and a very fluid definition of what “formal” actually entails), there’s no telling who might opt for one of the aforementioned designs and when.

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9/5/2014 Faith Cummings/fashionwirepress.com

Nature and folklore were at the foundation of Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters’s latest for Creatures of the Wind, titled “Fata Morgana”. The collection’s name is the Italian translation for sorceress Morgan Le Fay’s moniker and pertains to a complex mirage that can be seen in a narrow band right above the horizon - both on land in polar and desert regions, as well as at sea. Such a mythic inspiration rendered itself in quite modern design, though the lineup’s dizzying and blurred prints did bewitch and entrance the eyes. What was completely clear was the brand’s dedication to functionality which was echoed by way of office-ready pleated trousers, huarache-inspired flatforms, crop tops, and roomy outerwear.

The palette was sunny and poignant and befitting of Gabier and Peter’s far-flung inspiration, chock-full of lemon, cobalt, and cherry. Much of Le Fay’s legend is associated with the Mediterranean and that influence was evident from poolside-appropriate halter tops laying bare the entire midriff to windbreakers that were made for jaunts on the high seas. The Spring 2015 season has just kicked off, but again, long shorts made an appearance – a signal that the trend might become a force to be reckoned with by NYFW’s end.

Outerwear was an apparent point of focus, though the cohesion between the different variations left a bit to be desired. An eccentric, voluminous coat showed just a few looks before a contrast-sleeve leather bomber jacket – both speaking to two very different women and teetering between wearable fashion and the inaccessible kind that didn’t truly connect with the assortment’s vacation-perfect message. Roomy overcoats in both prints and solids were better layering points as they reflected a vibe of ease and effortlessness that made sense with the more pared-down pieces shown including clean sheaths, high-waist striped trousers, and contrast neckline dresses and tees.

The assortment was anchored in a striking sense of now with leather and embellishment. A high-waist, A-line skirt in the edgy texture reverberated fashion’s current penchants when coupled with a v-neck topper, while a paillette-covered bandeau layered under a camel-hued suit felt right for Tinseltown’s young and toned set. The bandeau and pencil skirt combination was presented quite a few times – not the most innovative duo in fashion, but one that is slowly but surely becoming a tried and true twosome for all those bold enough to expose their midsection.

The pull of the red carpet is too strong to resist, thus almost every brand now shows a selection of gowns that might work for a movie premiere or one of the world’s ever-growing amount of film festivals. Those on display here juxtaposed dainty embellishment with nautical stripes on simple, yet effective column gowns. The show was closed with an unforgettable, but seemingly out of place plaid gown that featured an off-the-shoulder silhouette, tie-waist that could be described no other way but grunge, and side slits – decidedly Westwood in its execution with less drama. Not quite as high-octane as the celebrity set’s predilections call for, but with an expansive list of events that require formal attire (and a very fluid definition of what “formal” actually entails), there’s no telling who might opt for one of the aforementioned designs and when.


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