Carolina Herrera's show is one of the most sought-after tickets at Fashion Week, and this show was no exception, reports The Associated Press, with celebrity guests including Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, the R&B singer Ne-Yo, “Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks and “Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery. Herrera's spring collection is regal and elegant, grown up and geometric. Many of the patterns feature thin swirls, spirals and other curvy shapes intersecting each other. Some pieces are sheer elegance in tea-green embellished silks, some elegant gowns are layered in gauzy organza with the same spacey swirls.
“It's the reaction of two layers — I find that this is totally kinetic,” Herrera said in a post-show interview, as well-wishers crushed around her. “It creates its own movement.”
Herrera's most predominant hues are black, white, Sand and Celosia Orange with a few hints of mossy tea green.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on Monday held an exclusive showing of their line The Row. The twins won the Council of Fashion Designers of America's top prize in womenswear two years ago and are sticking to the theme that brought them the spotlight. As The Associated Press put it, a small crowd gathered in a gauzy-draped tent to see the “kind of clothes a woman of means, but one who shuns the spotlight or fuss, would take on safari.”
Get ready to hang 10 with Hilfiger as the designer's spring line is an overt nod to the beach and Southern California. The look:
“It's Melrose to Malibu, the West Coast represents a golden era of surf, sport and optimism,” the designer said in show notes. Details of the line include loads of neoprene, a la a gnarly wet suit. (We've seen so much neoprene on the runways this week, we can only imagine that Bill Meistrell — the neoprene wet suit pioneer and Body Glove founder who passed away in July — is looking down on it all from above and smiling,” wrote Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times reporter.)
Creatures of the Wind
Creatures of the Wind, a label helmed by Midwesterners Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters, showed a new maturity during its New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 show, after having been mentored as a finalist in the Vogue Fashion Fund and an emerging-talent nominee at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards. The line evokes the image of well-coifed '50s housewife in the boxy shapes and jumpers. Other looks, including a sky-blue python-inspired tunic jacket, reek of glamorous loungewear.
Welcome to Los Angeles, from the lens of Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy. The pair used urban textures like leather and animal print, mixed with styles that range from street smart and savvy to refined and ready for a jaunt to Northern Los Angeles (ahem, Malibu). Other Rodarte mixtures include: ruffled silk animal print crop tops, a white tuxedo jacket over a jacquard vest with bootie shorts, and a bedazzled bra top with zebra-trimmed Daisy Dukes.
Another of the highly anticipated shows of Fashion Week was Prabal Gurung's show, where PVC raincoats, sexy sixties silhouettes and unexpected whimsy collided. With a full line of sleek and feminine pieces that are breathtaking and wearable, Gurung used color liberally without overwhelming with multiple tones. He showed sheer screen-printed fabrics, exposed shoulders with necklines we've not seen before and whimsical designs reminiscent of Dr. Seuss. Gurung's show was inspired and showed a fashion future to embrace.
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