Though NYFW is generally associated with carefree effortlessly chic ensembles with a sporty casual flair, there are also plenty of designers who are committed to bringing feminine ensembles with an elegant twist into the spotlight, especially since for many labels elegance and femininity are part of the brand’s aesthetic DNA. Those looking for amazing options with a sophisticated spin should definitely take a closer look at the new options to see what they should be looking for in the cold months of 2014 and the first months of 2015:

NYFW 2014: Donna Karan Fall 2014 RTW Collection

When it comes to characterizing Donna Karan’s fall 2014 collection, two main attributes come to mind: fierce and elegant. The new line marked the label’s 30th anniversary collection, so it was an opportunity for the designer to look back and see how far she’s come, without necessarily trying to do a retrospective with her latest designs.

Donna Karan Fall 2014

“I wanted to show that after 30 years I think we stand for something that is absolutely, iconically Donna Karan. I wanted it to be a reflection of the past, and the present coming into the future. I wanted it to be about art, the city, the body, movement, the strength of tailoring, evening,” she said after the show. The show brought a multitude of gorgeous military-inspired jackets, stunning black dresses, stunning bodysuits, diaphanous skirts and sultry evening gowns. View more from the Donna Karan fall 2014 collection!

NYFW 2014: Zac Posen Fall 2014 RTW Collection

Zac Posen Fall 2014

The Zac Posen fall 2014 collection payed tribute to old Hollywood glamour, focusing on ’50s and ’60s silhouettes and bringing a variety of interesting options into the spotlight. For the new season, the designer exercised restraint when it came to embellishments and the color palette, but excelled at bringing amazing floor length gowns with strong architectural proportions for evening, designs which have become the brand’s signature. Also featured on the runway were a variety of precisely constructed ladylike ensembles for daywear. See the complete Zac Posen fall 2014 collection!

NYFW 2014: Reem Acra Fall 2014 RTW Collection

Reem Acra Fall 2014

The Reem Acra fall 2014 collection is filled with red-carpet worthy ensembles that will without a doubt be worn by famous socialites at one point or another. The collection started on a rather moody note with a variety of dark ensembles adorned with sequins and feathers, unveiling a series of gorgeous metallic accents and bold hues such as royal purple or vivid red as the show progressed. In addition to show-stopping gowns, the label brought stunning outwear pieces that carried the same elegant vibe the line was defined by. See the full Reem Acra fall 2014 collection!

NYFW 2014: Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 RTW Collection

Carolina Herrera Fall 2014

The designer’s thoughts for the Carolina Herrera fall 2014 collection were directed towards the future. She didn’t try to find new ways to reinvent the past but rather took the initiative of exploring softer construction techniques and experimenting with new volumes. These ideas were translated into a series of interesting ensembles with a feminine twist. The designer opted for rounded shoulders, hand-painted geometric motifs and crystal appliques and embroideries, and a relatively quiet color palette with only a few accent tones which made the new options feel youthful and fresh. See more from the Carolina Herrera fall 2014 collection!

NYFW 2014: Jill Stuart Fall 2014 RTW Collection

Jill Stuart Fall 2014

The Jill Stuart fall 2014 collection felt like a continuation of her spring 2014 line. If back then, the designer thought about rock stars’ girlfriend, for the fall/winter 2014 season she maintained the focus on much of the same inspirations: an unpredictable girl with a lot of attitude and with an irregular beauty, that picks her clothes instinctively. The line, described by the designer as ‘boyishly poetic’ brought a slew of flirty yet edgy ensembles in a variety of luxe fabrics: leather, mohair, crystal-studded velvet, suede, fur and creamy satin. Among the most memorable looks from the new line were party dresses which at times featured baroque-inspired motifs. See the complete Jill Stuart fall 2014 collection!

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