I love it when a show feels less like looking and more like shopping. I may be imaginary shopping while it’s still coming forth down the runway, but when I catch myself making countless mental notes for next season’s wardrobe, I know I’m witnessing something special.
Carolina Herrera has always been known for her sophisticated look, and while the Spring 2014 collection certainly fulfills that expectation, it takes things a step further thanks to its inspiration – the Kinetic Art movement. The designer’s signature romantic, billowing organza was there, but with a techno edge that shone through in both the accents and the construction.
We’re about mid-way through New York Fashion Week, and there’s a clear theme in place for Spring 2014: out with the body-conscious and in with the diaphanous, free, and loose. Donna Karan cemented the laidback vibe at her show, which was founded on flowing silhouettes of sheer fabric for her earthy-meets-polished babe.
Flowers always bloom in fashion come springtime, but when you add in Afro Cuban influences, raffia embroidery, and jogging pants, florals become an entirely new print. Tracy Reese even went so far as to tattoo the models with blooms! That was just the beginning, though.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of DKNY. It’s the perfect excuse for a party and the Spring 2014 runway show? The perfect venue! Things got off to a bang with the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” blasting as Joan Smalls walked out in a pair of jean overalls, a trench, and a baseball cap. It was street style in way that only DKNY can do.
Anytime a show is called “Oasis,” expectations are going to be high, but of course DVF had no trouble delivering. From flowing maxi dresses to jean skirts to shift dresses, her Spring 2014 collection was relaxed, yet flattering. What more would you expect from the woman who gave us the wrap dress?