TOCCA Fall/Winter 2013

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It may have only been two years since TOCCA revamped their brand with the launch of the Fall/Winter 2011 collection – merging their established label with the artistic direction of Emma Fletcher – but the maturity and femininity of the Fall 2013 collection demonstrated that TOCCA is going to be around for a while.

As the doors to the presentation swung open, mellow music enticed the audience into the dark space where 20 illuminated models stood in a circle around a floating flowers centerpiece. The ambience of the room was resemblant of a whimsical garden, complete with chiffon flowers covering the faces of several models in order to complement the femininity of the wardrobe.

“An unapologetic femme fatal” is the term TOCCA used to describe the women of their collection. Sleek lines in below-the-knee A-line skirts and loose fitting chiffon and silk blouses incorporated elements of minimalism as well as sultriness. Black was the dominant color of the collection, but a variety of pieces included hues of blue, pink, and beige.

With their hair pulled back in a low bun and minimal makeup on their faces, the models echoed the simplistic, dainty feel of the clothes. Although it was a collection for the fall, nothing about it seemed dark or cold – with loose dresses and camisoles, it was rather refreshing and youthful.

In addition to the flowy pieces, an array of tailored jackets, coats, and capes in a range of fabrics made their presence in the collection. Attention was immediately drawn to the trend of the oversized, popped collar on several of the coats.

However, one piece of the collection truly stood out. A deep royal blue, turtleneck dress falling mid-thigh was a shocking, yet beautiful outlier in a collection of neutrals and limited embellishments. With a geometric pattern and a ¾-length sleeve, the dress was a vision in blue.

In one word, the pieces of the collection were timeless. There was none of the extravagant, unwearable outfits that designers so often present. It seemed as though TOCCA designed each piece with the modern, daily woman was in mind.

Alyssa Noud is a contributing writer. Email her at bstyle@nyunews.com.

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