New York Fashion Week Coverage: Philosophy by Natalie Ratabesi Fall 2014 Collection

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For Fall/Winter 2014, Philosophy plays the part of the provocateur. An enticing collection that highlights the swish and sway of the female form was accomplished by breezy chiffon accents, sheer tops, and strategically placed cutouts.

Photo: Courtesy of GoRunway

Designer Natalie Ratabesi demonstrated her aptitude for translating the language of the street into a high-fashion dialect when she presented a burn-out tee paired with glossy silk-padded skirt and topped with a fur chub – it read hip and youthful, as well as sophisticated and edgy. Furthermore, the decaying earthiness of a cigarette-burned print was a great way to counter the ruffled accents she chose. A few clunkier moments had to do with awkward layering, like a devoré, velvet corset dress over a sheer long-sleeved T-shirt and knee-high leather boots – a look that would have been much smarter had the dress been paired with one of Philosophy’s lush patterned jackets. She was on the right track again with a series of nearly-naked nudes, which imbued a tawdry feel into Philosophy’s basic T-shirt dresses and mock turtlenecks. For Fall/Winter 2014, Philosophy aims to draw shy girls out of their shell with a magical blend of slick leathers, smart layering, and seductive suggestions of skin.

Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway

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