Diesel’s Spring Balance – For its spring 2014 collection, Diesel Black Gold aimed to fuse soft and hard elements with an outing of denim staples adorned with metal detailing. “[It is] a new ease of attitude by combining opposing icons to express strength and fearlessness,” says Diesel designer Andreas Melbostad about the upcoming season. Separates are made in soft fabrics such as silk crepe de chine, cotton poplin and silk georgette. Color for the season taps into white and black as well as an occasional pastel. While the first half of collection focuses on light materials and fabrics, the last section gets dark with an undeniably cool attitude featuring leather looks and utilitarian accents such as metal eyelets, discs, zippers, buckles and other hardware elements.
Rodarte Takes on LA – The Rodarte sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy looked towards L.A. for inspiration with their spring 2014 collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Focusing on street style, the designers paid homage to the urban fashion scene with an outing of midriff baring tops in leopard and zebra prints as well as bustiers sometimes embellished with scorpions. The spring season sees some grunge influence with the introduction of oversized plaid shirts and baseball caps. A soft touch is brought to the rough and tumble looks in the form of flamingo skirts or fringe-adorned maxi lengths.
Vera’s Sporty Spring – Vera Wang was in a sporty mood for her spring 2014 collection shown earlier today during New York Fashion Week. An outing of modified windbreakers and baseball jackets in black mesh and chiffon opened the show. Color was injected in light and airy silhouettes with shades of yellow, red and sapphire blue. Wang brought some glamour to her active woman with paillette adorned dresses in tones of grey, black and blue. For spring, the designer proved that an athletic inspiration does not have to mean a lack of femininity.
Herrera’s Light Spring – Carolina Herrera cited her inspiration for the spring 2014 season as being the Kinetic Art Movement and Venezuelan artists like Carlos Cruz-Diez and Jesus Rafael Soto. The influence can be seen in the runway show’s optical prints made with lines, curves and spherical shapes. The silhouette is very feminine with dreamy fabrics of organza and chiffon. Gowns are embellished with jewel appliqués yet still have a light and airy look. For a more daytime look, the Carolina Herrera woman opts for knee-length dresses in shift and strapless shapes.
Donna Karan’s Safari Woman – For spring 2014, Donna Karan looked towards a mix of safari and tribal style for inspiration. With an outing of loose-fitting dresses and skirts, the palette for this collection told a story of earthy tones with deep indigos, neutral nudes and sunny oranges. Layering is key for the Donna Karan woman this season with lightweight jackets and oversized mens shirts. The jungle influence did not just stop there; maxi dresses in natural shades bring an undeniable glamour to the practical yet luxe spring line.
Tommy’s California Spring – With a runway setting modeled after a beach boardwalk, Tommy Hilfiger’s spring 2014 collection fully embraced all the summer essentials with a California cool attitude. The first section of spring brought to mind Malibu surfers with neoprene-bonded leather shirts and dresses inspired by color-blocked wetsuits. The surfer chic look transitioned into more sporty wear with basketball tees and shorts in Americana red and blue. Then came the skater chicks in tomboyish army green jackets, cargo shorts and tropical printed shirts. Rounding out the spring season are the accessories which are perfect for the beach with multi-colored sandals, sneakers, aviator sunglasses and colorful beach bags.
Posen’s Dreamy Spring – Zac Posen was in a romantic mood for his spring 2014 collection inspired by impressionist artwork. Dresses embraced femininity with bouncy ruffles and pleating in satin and silk. Shape alternated between demure silhouettes which moved away from the body and more sireny looks complete with corsets and draping around the bodice. The flowers which adorned the models’ hair solidify that this upcoming spring is all about sweetness and light for the Posen woman.
DVF’s Glam Spring – Diane von Furstenberg delivered her version of femininity for her eponymous label’s spring 2014 runway show held earlier today during New York Fashion Week. While a lot of designers have been embracing minimalism this spring, Von Furstenberg played to her strengths; offering a pretty outing of summer-themed looks ranging from her iconic wrap dresses to relax jumpsuits and sheer shirts. Crop tops are a must for the DVF woman as well as accents of gold. Closing the show, supermodel Naomi Campbell wore a gleaming tribal print shift dress.
DKNY’s 25th – Celebrating its 25th anniversary, DKNY’s spring 2014 collection embraced a colorful outing of street style looks with a sporty edge. The DKNY girl displays her inner tomboy in a selection of boyish overalls, wide Bermuda shorts and hooded jacket looks. Femininity is represented in bold pastels and ruffled tennis skirts as well as sheer skirts with asymmetrical slits. The face of DKNY’s upcoming resort campaign Rita Ora closed the show in a layered look with a jersey style tee.
Victoria’s Shape of Things to Come – Showing at New York Fashion Week earlier today, designer Victoria Beckham focused on the play between feminine and boyish style with her spring 2014 collection. The main theme for this season is shape with curving skirts featuring peek-a-boo pleating in white and tops adorned with triangles in geometric cuts. Rounding out the spring season is a sporty component to Beckham’s line which embraces boyish collars, boxy cuts and v-neck tank tops.