February 12, 2014 New York
Moving into eveningwear, the designers channeled a slight nineties vibe with long bias-cut slips they said were a tribute to Kate Moss. One in herringbone-printed silk had graphic appeal topped with a matching wool duster coat. Meanwhile, a similar periwinkle-colored number felt modern paired with a gauzy cashmere pullover that shrugged off the model's shoulder. Casual yet sophisticated, these standout slips added a needed softness to the lineup, and encouraged ample layering. "We wanted that intimate lingerie feel but also a protective shell. It's about mixing that vulnerable thing with the 'nobody's getting through this,'" said Kaufman. Hence, a handful of high-tech parkas lined with plush mink. You could imagine a pretty young starlet wearing one in the car on her way to an event. She waits until the last moment, then whips it off just as she hits the red carpet, revealing a dazzling dress underneath—there were plenty that fit the bill here. The finale group of high-wattage embellished gowns had definite bling factor. Several featured allover crystals that appeared to have been slashed, and the thousands of tiny bugle beads covering a long-sleeved column had a liquid silver effect that lit up the runway.