Stitches

New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week’s fall 2014 runways were a showcase of fur, texture and opulence. Embellishments were all about shine, whether it was metallic threads, sparkling jewels or glittering fringe. Stitches visited the runway to scope out several fashion collections that stood out for their stunning embroidery work this season.

This iconic American designer created her fall 2014 collection as a study in proportions. Carolina Herrera designed this season’s silhouettes using the classic slimming technique of emphasizing the shoulders to minimize the waist. Shoulders were draped, had embroidered straps, or were cocooned or bared.

Herrera used bright, solid colors like red, blue and ivory, mixed with geometric prints in the same colors, or black and pastel shades. The bold beaded motifs echoed the shapes found in the prints. Herrera cut flat, reflective materials to mirror the print shapes, and then topped the mirrored pieces with beads or jewels. Long, narrow paillettes and long bugle beads embellished the shapes for a graphic element on solid dresses or to elevate printed fabrics.