"I'm excited about New York Fashion Week this season," said Nina Garcia, the "Project Runway" judge and creative director of Marie Claire magazine. "We're in this kind of 'polar vortex' moment, and designers are responding to it with comfortable, cozy clothes that reference the outdoors and outdoor winter sports." "There're lots of layers, and so much rich detailing and texture . . . and color," she says, citing fuchsia, wine, fire-engine red and blue as popular shades. "Color makes an editor happy," Garcia said. Here's to happiness and the top five trends for fall 2014.
1. SUPERSIZE ME Diet be darned, some looks on the runway were so oversized you could virtually hide a horse under them. Of note, bigger-than-ever coats -- cocoons, robes, swingy capes -- and cuddly, longer sweaters in boxy shapes. Some designers even loosened up their traditionally (now inhale deeply) slim silos on dresses. You're going to be very comfy next fall.
2. ROYAL PRINTS Ah-mazing graphics sprung up all over town, from lovely florals to mysterious landscapes to geometrics to painterly abstract designs.
3. COLOR CRAZY Oh, what a relief it is -- bright colors flashed everywhere with a focus on red (and variations, including wine, fuchsia and orange) and bold blues along with some rich emerald tones. Don't stress, though . . . you've still got plenty of black, white and gray as go-tos.
4. FEELING FALL Texture was king as designers took a tactile approach with netting, nubs, studs, fuzz and various embellishments from grommets to metallic squares to crystal.
5. THE NEW HEMLINE It's not a matter long or short -- it's all about asymmetry as designers cut their hems unevenly, many slashed and slit, allowing for a sultry flash of leg.
BONUS: FEATHER WEATHER Designers got the memo -- feathers are in, in, in. Some just dappled their designs with feathers; others went full-flight.