The runway shows! The endless parties! The supermodel moments! New York Fashion Week is in full throttle from September 4 to the 11, 2014, where we get to explore Spring 2015 collections at the tents at Lincoln Center and beyond.
This season, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week boasts designers from 12 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, Spain and the United States, along with 15 designers making their MBFW debut. Designers such as Calvin Klein, J. Mendel, Ralph Lauren, Anna Sui, Donna Karan, Lacoste, Charlotte Ronson, Trina Turk and more shared their collections.
“New York City is the style capital of the world and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week epitomizes the entrepreneurial heartbeat and culture that makes this city so vibrant,” IMG Fashion Events & Properties VP and Global Creative Director Jarrad Clark says . “We have established American brands like BCBGMAXAZRIA, Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Nanette Lepore and Nicole Miller showing on the same runways as international heavyweights Custo Barcelona, Lacoste and Zimmermann.”
So what have we learned thus far from the action-packed week? Allow us to parlay the top emerging trends straight off the spring runways.
1) Curves are back: If the model casting at Alexander Wang, Cushnie et Ochs and Rachel Com are any indication, boobs are back in a big way. We’re thrilled to see that designers aren’t shying away from featuring curvy ladies on their catwalks. We might have those ubiquitous Kardashians to thank for this one.
2) White is the new black: You know that saying, “Never wear white after labor day,”? Well, it’s dated. According to the street-style scene, white worn after Labor Day is just right.
3) Bye Bye, Birkenstocks: The normcore trend (the act of channeling the Average Joe) is alive and well, but it appears the clog will be the ugly-chic shoe of 2015. Laugh now, buy later.
4) Cream of the crop: The midriff baring crop top trend shows no sign of slowing down. Much to the dismay of those lacking six-pack abs.
5) Soft color are so spring. Plenty of designers such as Monique Lhuillier, Tadashi Shoji and BCBG Max Azria opted to work in pretty pastels instead of saturated color.
6) Kooky is Cool: Wearing Mixed patterns, sneakers instead of heels and bold floral prints for men are offbeat and de rigueur. Fashion is going cockeyed. The more unconventional and quizzical, the better. Boring is so yesterday.