NYFW Recap: Veronica Beard Fall 2013

18/02/2013 § 1 Comment

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You may recall we’ve discussed in the past my love for Veronica Beard, the womenswear collection helmed by two sisters-in-law with backgrounds in finance and fashion, both named Veronica Beard.  Stopping by their New York Fashion Week presentation, I was happy to confirm that the qualities that I noticed (and fell in love with) in earlier collections have become even more refined and nuanced, culminating in a luxuriously complex F/W 2013 that was heavily inspired by the pioneering spirit of the American West.

As far as presentations go (e.g., jostling for position in cramped quarters with harsh lighting and bored models) Veronica Beard was almost like a society event, a much-needed and cherished breath of fresh air during a very fast-paced week.  Upon entry at Bill’s Food & Drink — after waiting to check in behind Aerin Lauder, natch — we were greeted with flutes of champagne and small bites before heading upstairs to view the collection.  It was also my first time in the space since Bill’s Gay Nineties closed and Food & Drink opened in its place.  The update honors the spirit of the old watering hole while smoothing out some of the rougher edges with a bit of manufactured nostalgia.  While sticklers for authenticity who enjoyed Bill’s Gay Nineties probably won’t be satisfied with the changes, I believe it a very respectful refurb, indeed.

Staged among the gallery walls of the second floor, the models blended seamlessly among portraits of stately gentlemen and antique maps.  While the room was a bit full, I could tell from my very first glance that the Veronicas had put together something amazing.  Effortlessly blending masculine detail with feminine sensibility, the sumptuous textures of fur, silk and lace called to mind a woman with a maverick spirit and a taste for refined adventure, and with the collection’s saturated palette of reds, golds and greens, you could almost see her blazing her own trail through the untamed and wide open spaces of the west.

My personal favorites in the collection included the brick bi-color herringbone long and lean jacket with waxed canvas patches (shown above), the charcoal brushed tweed double breasted jacket with leather sleeves (on the model wearing the fedora below), and that gorgeous gold velvet lamé gown with its open back (shown last).  As Veronica Beard is a collection that grew up around a single blazer launched in 2010, I continue to believe that the tailoring is what the Veronicas do best, but with each collection they show all signs of the ability to truly do it all.

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All images by Mariah Kunkel.

Autumn is Calling || Veronica Beard F/W 2012

02/10/2012 § Leave a comment

When two talented sisters-in-law, both inexplicably named Veronica Beard, launched their eponymous collection in fall of 2010 it was with a single, well-tailored blazer: “The Jacket.” In the seasons since, the line has blossomed into a full ready-to-wear collection — recently debuting their S/S 2013 at New York Fashion Week — with a strong foundation in familiar, iconic pieces.

I’m not sure how this line escaped me for almost two years, but upon first glance, I knew we would be fast friends — and when I read that the designers strive to create a “uniform” for the modern women, I upgraded that to very best friends.  Classic, yet also very contemporary, the Veronica Beard woman is effortlessly chic in clothes that are made to be lived in.  She’s a tailored city girl who highly values style, fit and comfort.

Before we get too lost in what’s to come for S/S 2013, I wanted to take a moment to share the F/W 2012 lookbook with you.  I only have one tiny complaint, and it has nothing to do with the clothes.  I’m not too terribly fond of those grey platform boots, but adore every single other thing.  The jackets and outerwear still stand apart as their very best work — the silk lapels on that blazer below?  The those luxurious fur collars?  The colors and textiles you can sink your teeth into?  Gorgeous, simply gorgeous.  And the best part?
You can get it right now.

All images via Veronica Beard.

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