I have always been an avid fan of  the “less is more” philosophy when it comes to fashion, and looking at the Fall 2014 designer collections from New York, London, Milan, and Paris, I would say the fashion industry is a fan as well. From Edun to Helmut Lang, runways were filled with simple yet striking silhouettes, monochromatic color schemes, and fresh takes on minimalism. This simplistic approach to fall fashion gave the clothing a true quality of wearable luxury.

Edun creative director, Danielle Sherman, took a relaxed approach to minimalism in her Fall 2014 runway show. Sticking to a gray, white, and earthy brown color palette, Sherman chose to focus on creating the perfect casual, cool oversized silhouettes. Showcasing a collection of knit sweater dresses, baggy sweat pants, and comfortable sneakers, Sherman embodied the essence of underplayed chic.

Fransico Costa took a similar approach as Sherman to the “less is more” philosophy by focusing on comfort and wearable garments with a collection consisting of mainly knits and using predominately white, gray, and earth-tone colors. A standout in Costa’s collection was his attention to undone details, such as the ever so slightly shaggy mohair coats and dresses, experimental hand stitching, and oversized safety pins in the place of buttons. All of Costa’s unique details created for a natural yet luxurious collection.
 
Similar to Costa and Sherman, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of The Row also used a majority of knits, oversized silhouettes, and natural tones in their Fall 2014 collection. The Olsen’s put their own unique spin on minimalism by focusing on layering and draping the luxurious knit fabrics and 900-gram double face cashmere they used in their collection in a way that the Olsen’s have perfected in their own distinct street style wear and have since incorporated into their brand. Accompanying all of their looks with the finishing touch of ankle socks and handcrafted derby shoes created just the right balance of quiet opulence.

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Minimalist fashion is in no way a new concept to the runway. The ‘90s and early 2000s saw many designers strip down their flashy and edgy trends of the ‘80s into simplistic, preppy looks for a more modern and sophisticated look. Now more than ever, however, “less is more” fashion has been taking on new heights of down to earth chic with luxurious details. Haider Ackermann, Costume National, and Helmut Lang all took a sophisticated approach to minimalist dressing. Using structure and clean cut shapes as the main components to their collections, they kept colors mainly monochromatic for each look and details simple, yet elegant and fresh. Haider Ackermann and Costume National designer Ennio Capasa used menswear undertones as a modern influence in their collections while Nicole and Michael Colovos‘ of Helmut Lang used light layers and textures to create a collection full of understated chic.
    
Whether you opt for a refined, loose, natural look using inspiration from The Row, Edun, and Calvin Klein Collection, or for a more structured, modern minimalist look taking influences from the likes of Costume National, Helmut Lang, and Haider Ackerman…The end result is the same. You will have a luxurious yet fresh look, a comfortably chic outfit that can be worn for day or night. It will be a style that will have you saying, dressing with less really is more.

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