We know, we know: New York Fashion Week doesn’t scream “Southern!” But you just need to know where to look to find the Southern influence, which is growing. That’s what we did during our first time ever covering NYFW. (Neither sleet nor storm—first in the South and now in NYC—will stop us!) Here, some of our favorite style moments from Southern designers that warmed things up this week—a dose of whimsy and theatrics to cure your winter blues.
Everything about Lela’s show read “Southern charm”—from the recipe cards and pot holders she had as gifts for front row guests to her friendly backstage crew (including her sweet pup!), to the gorgeous frocks she sent down runway. Each dress was unique, feminine, and elegant—just like a Southern woman. Some favorites were a saucy interpretation of lace, a gown we’re coveting for this month’s Mardi Gras balls, and a check dress-pear coat-combo.
We give Billy a lot of love at SL, and at this show was a reminder as to why. His approach to fashion represents everything that is right about Southern style. Hosted at a monastery-turned-hip hotel, the show was personal and super fun with live tunes by Alabama natives Phosphorescent and a Woodford Reserve bourbon bar. While the show was technically menswear, Billy confessed many of the styles are unisex. The oversized sweaters and coats couldn’t be more perfect given the ongoing men’s-inspired trend for ladies.
Georgia gal Amy Smilovic has raised her label into a true cool-girl staple—the front row of the show read like a rolodex of street style stars. Tibi’s fall collection favored monochromatic palettes, boxy cuts, and cozy sweaters you can live in. The Tibi show is also where we picked up our favorite no-fuss beauty trick of the week—the formula for bedhead hair. Oddly enough we don’t all wake up with just the right amount of tousled waves, but it’s easy enough to get the look: Make a couple thick braids and clamp them down with a flat iron, undo braids and go.
Atlanta-bred Wes Gordon is a recent breakout that you’ll be hearing a lot more about. The 27-year-old designer, who launched his label right out of school and has already been picked up by Bergdorf, delivers on silky slip-on dresses with just the right amount of sultry and dramatic outerwear. A favorite piece was a heavy, floor-sweeping coat softened with an icy blue shade.
Another designer quickly on the rise is Jacksonville-raised Timo Weiland. We’re kind of in love with the Vandy grad’s fall collection—especially the grown-up school girl-esque getups and trendier versions of classic staples like a striped long sleeve dress and shiny sheath-like number.
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