Ronson’s Gamine Girl – Charlotte Ronson found inspiration in the French gamine for her eponymous label’s spring 2014 collection. Evoking imagery of Jean-Luc Goddard’s 1960 film “Breathless”, the new season offers a demure outing of Peter Pan Collars, graphic prints and flared pants. Although the Ronson woman gets tomboyish in short overalls and moto jackets, she still finds her femininity in skin-baring cutouts and floral print dresses with modest hemlines. Spring is for the well-traveled girl; fitting in with the streets of Paris, New York or London.
Alexander Wang Spring – The minimalism trend has been taking over New York Fashion Week, and the one designer who has embraced this aesthetic for several seasons is Alexander Wang. His spring 2014 collection offers androgynous styles of open button-up tees and jumpsuits modified as dresses. The color palette this season is understated with black and white and other neutral hues.
Wang also showcases a graphic pattern of his logo replicated on tops and belts as well as cheeky shirts that read “Parental Advisory Explicit Content” across the models’ chest. Rounding out the showing are pleated skirts ranging from mini to midi-length while shorts are juxtaposed with menswear inspired shirts. Overall, the spring line certainly proves that Wang still has his cool factor.
Herve Leger Spring – The spring 2014 collection from Herve Leger by Max Azria found its footing in a tribal outing of bandage dresses with the brand’s signature form-fitting silhouettes. “Different cultural and geological references inspire the collection as seen in ancient tribes and tradition,” Herve Leger Chief Creative Officer Lubov Azria says about the spring season. Citing “transformation” as a main theme of the collection, the Herve Leger woman wears with confidence variegated patterns and prints featuring sleek lines and geometric blocking with zipper accents.
Prabal Gurung Spring – Prabal Gurung’s spring 2014 collection toed the line between futuristic and retro-inspired with a showing of bold colors and body-hugging dresses of bonded satin. Adorned with dynamic prints ranging from floral to space age lines and graphics, models strutted the runway in sixties style cat eye glasses. Gurung also toughened up the bright looks with cigarette length pants and bomber jackets. Sweet heart necklines and printed tops contrasted with screen printed PVC jackets and plastic accents. Pointed sling-back shoes brought a sexy element to an already ultra-feminine spring.
Lacoste Spring – For spring 2014, Lacoste artistic director Felipe Oliveira Baptista looked towards a minimal outing for the new season. Silhouettes were clean and simple with an update on the classic tennis shirt by transforming it into a dress with partially sheer hems and sleeves. The brand’s sporty aesthetic was further embraced with polo shirts, piped in black or white. Oversized jackets and shirts in white transparent fabrics made a call to nineties minimalism.
Jason Wu Spring – Jason Wu took a more minimal approach to his spring 2014 collection with a showing of diaphanous slip dresses and lingerie-inspired pieces. Hues of ivory, champagne, nude and black took over the catwalk for the Taiwanese designer’s latest outing. There were also some more practical pieces included such as a leather bomber, trenches and suit jackets. Practicality met femininity with a selection of sheer tops, adorned with well-placed pockets. On the evening wear front, Wu sent out crystal embellished dresses as well as frothy mermaid silhouettes for his final looks.
Rag & Bone Spring – For its spring 2014 collection, Rag & Bone referenced the nineties with an outing of minimalism with sportswear touches. Designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright traded in last season’s military and utilitarian aspects for crop tops, pleated skirts and knit sweaters of the preppy, tennis variety. The Rag & Bone woman’s wardrobe features a color palette of black and white injected with pastel hues ranging from rich turquoise to deep mauve and bright pink for spring.
Peter Som Spring – Citing inspiration as “surf style meets downtown”, Peter Som’s spring 2014 collection is a playful mix of sportswear and your city girl’s essentials. The moto jacket and sweatshirt are re-interpreted for the new season with digitized prints, graphic florals and bold stripes. Som also focused on crop tops for spring paired with loose-fitting trousers or billowing skirts. The color palette varies between black and white, cerulean, navy and grey for the designer’s surfer-inspired outing.
Zimmermann Spring – Debuting its first runway show at New York Fashion Week, Zimmermann designers Nicky and Simone Zimmermann focused on creating romantic and feminine pieces for the spring 2014 season. A dreamy color palette of seasonal pastels as well as creamy whites and ivories where contrasted with gleaming metallic hues and stark black. Prints for spring focused on the floral variety with the addition of stripes and criss-cross patterns. Dress and skirt silhouettes are flirty with ruffles and modern hemlines while Zimmermann’s well-known swimwear displayed plenty of skin.
Pierre Balmain Spring – For its spring 2014 collection, Pierre Balmain found inspiration in the rebellious punk spirit of the seventies with an outing of rock essentials including lots of leather, stockings and lace. Andreea Diaconu, who fronted the fall campaign for the brand, models the look book; exuding a downtown chic that is at once sexy and daring. Motorcycle jackets, tops with mesh detailing and short dresses with form-fitting silhouettes are the standout looks of spring.