Norma Kamali Fall 2024 Ready-to-Wear: Smart Dressing for Uncertain Times


If you’re going to buy three items from Norma Kamali’s fall collection, let it be one of her strong reversible coats, a black turtleneck catsuit and a black belt, to tie it all together.

During a showroom preview, Kamali cited those pieces, and their variations throughout fall, as her key items of the season. Not just because they looked good, but because the versatile styles were part of her mindset around shopping smart. The idea extended into lengthy wrappable scarves, crossover essential bags and cozy tube scarves that topped off the collection’s simple yet sartorial dress that’s cozy and strong.

“I did this collection because I wanted it to kind of anchor this year and what’s going to happen in the first year after we have another election, so that people could feel grounded but still feel happy,” she said. “In the end, I really thought that if we just really think about how much does a person need to buy and the idea of shopping smart, not meaning boring, but smart, and getting those pieces that transform everything in your wardrobe if you want them to. We’re always thinking about sustainability and easy care; multipurpose styles are key for this.”

The idea was solidified throughout her look book, with “about 70 percent” of looks being styled atop her poly Lycra and sheer power mesh catsuits. For instance, under a scoop neck tank cotton crochet minidress and black oversize vegan leather midi-length moto jacket, or beneath her modern takes on girlish tailoring à la houndstooth printed layers (a great riding coat or pleated skirts), boxy dresses and easy suiting. 

Next to updated signature Kamali layers, her “twofer” reversible outerwear in a variety of enveloping silhouettes, lengths and materials including terry, reflective silver and black vegan leather with cream faux fur (offered in three lengths with contrast pocket and seaming details) were certainly standouts.

The collection’s sensibility extended into pricing, Kamali explained, noting that her new sleeping bag coats (which also come in fall’s ultra-fun “Mob Wife-” inspired patchwork cheetah prints) are now $200 each, in all of the sizes, while other garments will be priced together.

“My job is to be smart, ask a lot of questions and see how can we be smart about what we do, because I really think this year is going to be cuckoo,” she said.

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