Runway Review: Creatures of the Wind Spring 2014

New York is probably the only city that can compete with London when it comes to creating and nurturing young fashion talent. Creatures of the Wind are one of those prodigies. After starting in Chicago, the design duo consisting of Christopher Peters and Shane Gabier soon moved to the fashion capital of America where they found great success. Just take a look at their multiple CFDA/Fashion Fund nominations and regular coverage from American Vogue.

Considering how young Creatures of the Wind as a brand is, it's completely normal they haven't yet found a firm design aesthetic to call their own, but it seems to me they're on a great way to that goal. After seeing their show last season, I can definitely see certain motifs that continue inspiring them. First thing that springs to mind is a preppy approach. Yes, a lot of collared button-ups were shown, as well as proper, knee length swinging skirts. A grown up Lolita of sorts.

The freshest parts of the collection were various metallics on display. Whether made into whimsical shirts or 50s style full skirts, they are great separates cut very simply, not sacrificing visual impact (you must agree that lamé-y fabrics are hard to ignore).

The quirkiest reference I thought of was Grandma Yetta (Fran Drescher's grandmother in 90s sitcom The Nanny) and that whole Floridian retirement home chic (it is to some extent, right?). Come on, look at those roomy gold trousers and tell me your mind didn't go the same route. Those are probably looks I loved (and will remember) the most and have great editorial potential if placed in the right hands (Grace Coddington, please!).

Cocktailwear (is there such a thing?) is obviously a specialty of Peters and Gabier. Very cute dresses and coat dresses in a gorgeous pink color palette are dying to be worn by, equally as cute girls such as Elle Fanning and Hailee Steinfeld. Stylists, take note!

Floral embroidery and snakeskin accents (trend alert!) adorned skirts, jackets and evening dresses. A truly gorgeous look was the last one - a 50s style white dress with an embroidered black bustier over it. Just like the rest of the collection, it was the perfect storm of past, present and future.

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Photos from Style.com

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