Sneak Peek: New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 styles hit runways

From Pantone's favorite colors for spring to some of fashion's emerging and established designers, here is a look forward to spring style.
by Heather Warlick Published: September 12, 2013

The weather hasn't even cooled into fall, yet spring fashions are center stage today as New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 wraps up. Before we dive head-on into cooler weather, layers of clothing and shorter days, let's take a trip to fashion's future: spring 2014, when hovercraft could be our main forms of transportation, 3-D printers might prepare our meals and Miley Cyrus' twerking could seem like eons ago.

The future looks hopeful for fashion, most experts agree, and some fashion houses such as Desigual, Tracy Reese and Rebecca Minkoff are embracing bright whimsical color combos and patterns. Conversely, it's a black, white and sandy spring forecast from other designers.

Adam Levine, singer for Maroon 5, dipped his toe into fashion week with a pre-week premiere of a line he's cooked up for Kmart.

Just in time for New York Fashion Week Spring 2014, The Pantone Color Institute named its top 10 colors for spring. Dazzling Blue ranked first on the designers' lists, followed by Violet Tulip and the brighter Radiant Orchid.

“What you see is a real balance, or what we call equilibrium, between the light and the bright, and the bridge of the neutrals like Sand and Paloma in between,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, told The color choices, she said, are based on feedback provided by top designers about their upcoming collections. Two color lists are made, one for women and one for men, but some shades have slightly more manly names and hues: substitute the name Magenta Purple for Radiant Orchid, Purple Haze for Violet Tulip, you get the idea. Here's the full list of Pantone's picks for women's spring fashions: Dazzling Blue, Violet Tulip, Radiant Orchid, Celosia Orange, Cayenne, Freesia, Sand, Paloma, Hemlock and Placid Blue.

Here is a small helping of the plethora of fashion that was strutted on runways all week. Go online to to watch a slideshow of many of these and other designers from their shows during the week.


When the crowd, models and music are fun, a fashion show is bound to be, too. Desigual may not be overly couture, but the designs seen on the runway appeal to the masses and are wearable and affordable. The Spanish-based retailer's debut on the NYFW runway Sept. 5 was a breath of fresh air.

“The breath of spring brings Mediterranean sunshine, and the happy attitude that the idyllic landscape inspired in its people and culture embodied in our motto of La Vida es Chula, or Life is Cool,” The Associated Press reported from the Desigual show notes.

Tracy Reese

The young go-to designer for Michelle Obama showed her playful side with her trademark funky combinations of prints that are feminine yet edgy, especially when worn with knee high gladiator sandals or tie-up heels. Dazzling Blue was prominent in Reese's spring collection with splashes of tomato red. You'll have to wait for Reese's spring line but you can still snag a couple of Obama's favorite frocks, including Pink Wallpaper Combo, the dress the first lady wore to deliver her speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, for $388 at

Rebecca Minkoff

With singer Janelle Monae laying down electric jams for the Rebecca Minkoff show, the fiesta was in full swing as the collection took stage. Inspired by Latina influences Frida Kahlo, Bianca Jagger, Caroline Issa and Alice Dellal, the collection was muy bonita y especial. With bright floral embroidery a re-emerging theme, the “Let's Go To Mexico” T-shirt is the show's signature piece.

Helmut Lang

White and black with a touch of feminine pink, sheer layers juxtapose geometrics in the Helmut Lang spring collection. Zippers are a favorite of designers Nicole and Michael Colovos for spring with monochrome black or white menswear inspired suits featuring loose fit trousers, squared-up (or asymmetrical) sleeveless zip-up suit jackets. Boxy, minimalistic touches and monochrome palettes define this collection whose bare midriffs and oversized proportions evoke the '90s.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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