Gold shimmers at New York Fashion Week

A model presents a creation from the Lela Rose 2014 Fall/Winter collection during New York Fashion Week in New York February 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)

NEW YORK: Going for the gold isn’t just a slogan for the Olympic Games; the gleaming metal is dominating fashions for the fall.

Gold has been appearing in elegant evening wear, where it can usually be expected to shine, and also recently in casual tops, sweaters and jackets as well on the runways in New York, where hundreds of designers are showing their Fall 2014 fashion collections this week.

Son Jung Wan, a designer from South Korea, showed gold metallic swingy skirts, gold jacket lapels and gold-tipped shoes on his runway.

American designer Lela Rose showcased a flounce skirt, peplum blouse, wide V-neck dress and floor-length gown, all in a gold-dusted, crisp, airy floral design.

“People are just trying to elevate the basics,” said Roseanne Morrison, fashion director at the Doneger Group, which analyzes trends.

“It gives people a sense of specialness, as opposed to just a plain old basic turtleneck,” Morrison added.

Bringing the message home, models at Son Jung Wan sported thick, caked-on gold lipstick.

Katya Zol, a Mongolian-born designer, played it up by painting gold stripes down her models’ faces.

At Mara Hoffman, a New York-based designer who said her looks were inspired by the landscapes and textiles of Northern Africa, models’ arms were cinched with flashing gold bracelets.

“You have to be very careful in how it’s merchandised, how much of it is included,” Morrison cautioned.

“A whole floor of gold will not appeal to most consumers because their headset is totally casual,” the analyst added

Designers showing in New York matched gold with other warm tones such as brown and camel and contrasted it against the mint, teal, deep violet, burgundy and grays that were among the most popular hues on the runways for the upcoming season.

New York Fashion Week, which draws thousands of designers, media and fans to the city for an array of shows and collection showcases, ends Thursday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 12, 2014, on page 13.




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