By and and  on February 18, 2014

Heavy, voluminous coats, sweater dresses and chunky cable-knit sweaters took on a heightened relevancy on the runways as fashion executives struggled to navigate the snow and slush of New York Fashion Week. But even the miserable winter weather couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of retailers for the fall collections.

“So many designers were presenting collections that you want to wear now,” said Tomoko Ogura, senior fashion director at Barneys New York. Barbara Atkin, vice president of fashion direction at Holt Renfrew, said, “We’re seeing what we want to wear right now. I need that fur scarf, I want the Marc by Marc Jacobs boots.”

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Several retailers identified the trend of “urban warriors” or “urban survival” on the runways, which mirrored what was happening outdoors. “Women were going into fashion week worried, ‘How am I going to layer up?’ ” Atkin said. “This season, you see the melding of seasons.” That was evident in the heavy coats or sweaters thrown over lightweight fabrics, such as Michael Kors’ chiffon dress worn with a heavy cardigan. “Our closets are filled with light and heavyweight fabrics,” Atkin said. “It’s all in the mix. New York spoke to that in a very strong way.”

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