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What to Wear in Panem from NYFW

Runway looks that will cause rubbernecking.

by Cameron Silver


Macaroon-like Confections at Zac Posen

With his frothy, nearly edible dresses, Posen was all about enhancing a woman’s body with nipped waists and purely female silhouettes.  A Garden of Eden came to mind, with this mix of pleats and Madame Gris tucking done in floral jacquards and silk chiffons. The rust gowns particularly stand out for a Capitol red carpet.  With a succession of dresses in draped tulle and layered organza, Posen delivers what could be considered American couture.

Most Capitol Look: A strapless pistachio dress that redefines three-dimensional.


Artful Streetwear at Opening Ceremony

When models arrive in different luxury sports cars, it’s already a dramatic show.  Opening Ceremony nodded to car culture and their Korean heritage in this collection of incredibly sporty, urban and youthful pieces. It was bright, graphic and oversized—a celebration of tee shirt dressing with boxy, smock-like shirts paired with straight skirts and cargo shorts. The effect was so anti-studied.

Most Capitol Look:  The bright red smock shirt over a black tee shirt with a graphic slit skirt.  A bold silhouette.


Gold Rush with Roses at Creatures of the Wind

Lots of unexpected combinations at this collection, which read like librarian-chic and nerd-girl attire. It was smart, but very anti-sexy. You can take a piece like the gold lamé shirt or the ice blue jacket with python trim and make it very tangible in your wardrobe.

Most Capitol Look:  The slouchy gold pants with sheer-insert sweatshirt moved like liquid.  Perfect for a lunch with President Snow.


The Fate of Fashion at Threeasfour

Think architecture and geometrics—which is not easy for me as a horrible math student. The collection was the most interesting clothes we have seen this season and not derivative of anyone else.  With a white and black palette of layered laser-cut silk dresses and a few pieces molded in ivory resin, it looked like the future of fashion. Threeasfour creates wearable art—perfect for a Quarter Quell gala.

Most Capitol Look: A chic black bathing suit with laser cut panels and a unique high cut.


Dresses with Impact at Thakoon

His clothes are so cool girl chic and the purses with long strands of pearls are the ultimate cross-body bags.  (The accessories come from Japanese company, Tasaki.)  This collection was super eclectic with fetish-like patent leather and variations of tee shirts and slouch pants. The boot leggings, made of stretch fabric, had everyone buzzing.

Most Capitol Look: The floral print spaghetti strap dress with an asymmetrical skirt. So fresh!

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