What to look forward to for spring

Aysha Malik, ‘Doah Staff Writer
September 18, 2013

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week for the Spring 2014 season was held last week, showcasing all of the works of major American-based designers.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with fashion week, here is the scoop: it is when designers showcase their collections for spring for editors, reporters, bloggers and buyers.

These trends are then noted and mass produced by these designers, as well as lower-end designers, all winter and are put on the market just in time for the spring season.

There are also fashion weeks in London, Paris and Milan later in the year, and then there is another round of fashion weeks in the springtime to showcase the fall/winter collections and trends. It may seem confusing, but it is all one big chain of shows. Got that?

I personally prefer the fall/winter fashion weeks because I am a lover of all things fall, but I pay attention to the spring/summer collections as well.

NYFW has become a cultural phenomenon, with designers placing high-profile editors and celebrities in the front row of their shows for added publicity.

For the upcoming spring/summer season, a few trends really stuck out to me. The first and most exciting: The 90’s are all that with minimalist tailoring and colors, cropped tops and matching jacket/skirt sets that Cher Horowitz would certainly approve of. There was also a surprising amount of plaid at shows like Rodarte, Tadashi Shoji and Alexander Wang.

Another interesting trend seen during NYFW was the gingham trend. Gingham is always a struggle — there is a fine line between the pattern and a picnic blanket. So, I was impressed to see Oscar de la Renta, arguably my favorite high-end designer, master the art of gingham by placing it on the lapels and detailing of his finely tailored dresses.

Another trend I am loving is the white pant suit — it was everywhere! My favorite was seen during the Victoria Beckham show, with a looser fit and wavered lines.

One trend that I am not too excited for? Fringe. It appeared in a lot of the detailing in dresses by Altuzarra, and accessories at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Derek Lam. I have never been able to get into it because the bohemian/western style has never been my taste, so I have always respectfully declined fringe. But, if you can pull it off, I’d love to see it!

Some other notable standouts: Donna Karan’s entire show was flawless. This was a bit more bohemian than I am used to, but I was loving it! The color palette was earthy with bronze, brown, gold, tan and then a few blues sprinkled in the mix. It was a city-meets-boho theme and I thought it was incredible.

Another show I loved was Ralph Lauren. Some may argue that this collection was more of the same from Ralph, but maybe he just does not want to break what isn’t broken! Ralph is known for his preppy, tailored simplicity and I think the fact he sticks to what he knows makes his work timeless.

My personal favorite? A cobalt blue strapless gown worn in the finale by supermodel Karlie Kloss. It looks simple, yet so classy and elegant. I could absolutely see Jennifer Lawrence wearing something like this. The color is right on trend as well — Pantone just named 2014 the year of cobalt, so expect it everywhere! I think cobalt is a color that looks good on everyone, so I am so excited to see it.

What were your favorite New York Fashion Week trends? Did you have a favorite collection? What are you excited to try? Let me know at amalik09@su.edu.

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