With London Fashion Week starting today, let’s take a look back at the best that New York had to offer. By the looks of things, we’re all in for a right old miserable time this winter.
With the first look at AW13, New York brought contrasting textures and materials, sharp lines, geometric shapes, quilting, panelling and an abundance of leather for both menswear and womenswear. And if you’re in the market for a bomber jacket next season, you’re spoilt for choice.
Womenswear tailoring was oversized and masculine, breaking up a palette of black and greys, with flashes of cobalt blue and bright purples. Make up was natural and understated with hair worn down and centre parted. For the boys, the look was slick side partings and short fringes. The message wasn’t so much ‘girls will be boys’, but rather, girls will be MEN. Masculine shapes for upper wear teamed with sharp leather skirts and thigh-high boots put the girls firmly in defense mode, with the boys swathed in impenetrable bomber jackets, kilts, shorts and leggings and lace-up boots. If New York is anything to go by, next season your clothes will also be your armour.
A cross between Grace Coddington and Guinevere van Seenus, Codie Young is urrrywhurrrr. First popping up in 2010 in editorials in her native Australia, Codie had gained some unwanted notoriety for having her Topshop campaign pulled over claims she looked too thin. A makeover from mousy brown to full on ginge rocketed Codie onto the runway for everyone from Chanel to Rick Owens in SS13 and has helped her bag campaigns for Jil Sander and Marc Jacobs’ ‘Dot’.
I think she’s perf, she’s just got the Valentino campaign (despite not walking in the show), I’d love to see her do magazines like Dazed, in Gareth Pugh/Balenciaga etc, and she’d fit perfectly into the hole Lily Cole’s left for a new ginger living doll (remember the Miles Alrdidge fairy queen shoot? So good).
Codie’s personal blog is here. Codie is represented by Viva Models in Paris and London, DNA in New York and Busy Models in Australia.