The design duo Veronica Beard first came to my attention via Ovation’s series The Fashion Fund, which follows up-and-coming design houses all in competition to be named the Winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund endowment. They debuted their Fall 2014 RTW collection last night at The High Line Hotel, and here are my thoughts…
Needs to take up residence in my closet:
I love EVERYTHING about this look, from the burgundy jumpsuit, to the patterned blazer, to the shoes (!!!) to the brown leather jacket.
Really feeling the combination of the menswear inspired blazer with the highly structured but super-feminine dress.
One thing that Veronica Beard does really well is the updated staple. They’re FABULOUS at creating wardrobe staples like a black skirt or a white blazer, but there’s something about the fabric choice or the cut that makes the piece super modern, but still timeless enough to wear season after season.
Another example of their updated-yet-timeless staples. I’m obsessed with this structured jumpsuit and am loving how it’s been paired with a silver version of those amazing shoes.
I’m obsessed with this sweater! But the pants…which leads me to…
Almost…but not quite.
With a RTW (ready to wear) collection, I feel like it’s really important that the designer know their woman/buyer and that pieces be wearable in the real world of work and play. Veronica Beard is known for saying that they are their customer, which absolutely inspires confidence, but at the same time, can be a bit too specific at times. They also stated that they drew influence from 1970s Beverly Hills, but at times, that influence played out a bit too literally. Comme ça:
It takes a VERY SPECIFIC woman attending a VERY SPECIFIC occasion to wear an entirely metallic suit. That said, each piece on it’s own is gorgeous. Personally, being 5’2″ and short waisted, I’m not one to attempt to wear a high-waisted pant, but the leg creates a really modern silhouette. And the blouse is really classic, yet the print/texture gives it edge.
Again, it would take a VERY SPECIFIC woman to be able to wear this dress. The fabric is super-prone to wrinkling, and very clingy…seriously, with the way this dress is draped, very little would be left to the imagination. Also, the color! Very few people (besides this gorgeous model) have the skin tone/coloring to wear mustard.
I feel like the cut of these pants and the cut of the blazer tend to make the model look wider than she is and shorter than she is…and the bulk of women on this planet are a few sizes larger than/a few inches shorter than this model. Why would I want to drop $200+ on a blazer or a pair of pants that only looks gorgeous on a hanger?
In addition to the cut of the pants, I had a bit of an issue with the styling. I LOVE those shoes with unexpected red/yellow/black combo, just not with those pants…and that seemed to be a consistent styling trend throughout the presentation. I saw that with yellow accents and that daisy floral print in their Spring 2014 collection. They seem to pick a specific color or pattern and COMMIT in a way that can verge at times on overuse. I’m all about a coherent color/pattern story in a collection, but their commitment can sometimes tend toward oversaturation.
Overall: There were several looks that I fell in love with. The Veronicas behind Veronica Beard are absolutely talented and I’m excited to watch their line grow and evolve in the seasons to come.