With New York Fashion Week coming to a close, we’re sharing the latest fall/winter 2023 collections from Theory, L’Agence, Sergio Hudson, Puppets and Puppets, ADEAM, and Carolina Herrera.
The Theory fall/winter 2023 collection was a chic study in ebony, crimson, and creme. The brand’s monochromatic creations were elegant, modern, and luxurious, with a focus on soft textures, understated patterns, and minimalist designs. A sophisticated, daytime sporty look consisted of charcoal leggings and a cropped-hooded jacket, paired thrillingly with shining silver mary jane pumps. A cozy, pale gray suit in a delicate geometric pattern boasted feminine, rounded shoulders, a micro-skirt, and smart, front pockets; the mod style was paired with a white turtleneck, velvet-like opaque gray tights, and silver flats. Creamy vanilla-hued cropped pants draped just so, worn with a matching structured yet comfortable jacket. An electric red, long-sleeved shirtdress grazed curves flawlessly and elongated the body with matching opaque tights.
California-based L’Agence debuted the utmost in sensuous, rock star elegance with its fall/winter 2023 collection set in New York’s legendary Bowery Hotel. Within the intimate and sumptuous setting, the brand presented fierce looks like a figure-hugging leopard print dress with exposed shoulders, sequined zebra print flared trousers, and a hot pink floor-length satin gown with chain link details. Decadent autumn shades of chocolate, marigold, red, and cranberry grazed a shining knee-length skirt, suede jacket with gold hardware, a calf-length wool coat, and a luminous three-piece suit. The mini-dress proved to be a staple for all seasons in black sequins and lace details, paired with glittering stiletto booties; another iteration in black leather with gold buttons, paired with knee-high leather boots and an oversized wool coat was très magnifique.
Sergio Hudson was inspired by the joy and boldness of pop culture icon Barbie, and fearless, comedic television heroines like Fran Fine in The Nanny and Hilary Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for his fall/winter 2023 collection. Energetic hues of neon green, yellow, and pink graced moto mini dresses, cropped suit jackets, and jumpsuits. Invoking a vibrant mural outside his Los Angeles studio titled “Believe,” Hudson collaborated with artist Jason Naylor on a hypnotic custom print that debuted on pleated shirt-dresses and mini skirts. Statement-making airbrushed t-shirts with crystal details, multilayered chiffon slip dresses, and gowns of featherweight jersey were smart, sexy, and simply unforgettable.
Puppets and Puppets Founder and Creative Director Carly Mark was fueled by her boundless imagination and the mystique of Film Director David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers (1988) for the fall/winter 2023 collection. The movie’s dark, complex narrative of twin doctors’ plunge into madness was echoed onto surreal creations that exposed the light and the dark of the human condition. Surrounded by artist Quori Theodor’s larger-than-life sculptures of chocolate chip cookies, sandwiches, and cake, the masculine and feminine ebbed and flowed in tailored wool suits, sequined shift dresses, and satin trousers. Intense patterns and textures of paisley, flocked floral, corduroy, snakeskin, and faux fur revealed, protected, and strengthened. The iconic Puppets bag was newly blooming with multi-colored roses, orchids, and butterflies. A fresh Hobo bag played perfectly with perception, donning banana and telephone handles.
Set upon a shadowy, moonlit runway, the ADEAM fall/winter 2023 collection was edgy, immaculate, and heaven-sent. Blending the polish of Tokyo and New York with the charm of “Kawaii” culture, ADEAM presented the duality of sweet and strong in effervescent black and white creations alongside accessories made of pearls, chains, and leather. A strapless, tulle dress in pleats of cream experimented with epic proportions, paired with sheer, long, ebony gloves. A high-waisted satin skirt was topped off with a cropped, ruched, puffed-sleeve top that bared the midriff just so—set off with sheer white, lace gloves, black platforms, pearled earrings, and a shimmering nose ring. Grunge was made deftly ethereal when a red and black plaid skirt was paired with a fairy-tale-like violet satin top—ruched and ruffled in all the right places, and balanced out by cloud-high patent leather platforms.
In dedication to the 19th-century icon Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as “Sisi,” Carolina Herrera’s Wes Gordon created a fall/winter 2023 collection of pure elegance and grandeur. Invoking Sisi’s notable gumption and appreciation of high drama, Gordon developed wearable treasures of great volume, in vibrant color, with the utmost attention to craftsmanship. Portrait necklines, spiral folds, exquisite draping, and precise moments of gleaming skin against Swarovski crystal-embellished knits played out like a symphony on the runway. Velvet, taffeta, sequin tweeds, woven chine, and crisp cotton took the form of shirts, dresses, hooded anoraks, and gowns alike. Jewel tones shone brilliantly against gold embroidery in gowns of graphic stripes and impeccable construction. Florals bloomed in pink and lavender, and yellow tulle spread far and wide with the beauty and fortitude of sunshine.