Fashion trends that influence the rest of the year are showcased annually during New York Fashion Week in February. (Then we get an inside peek into what fashion trends are on the horizon for the following year at the annual September show.)
The 2014 New York Fashion Week was held February 6-13 and featured over 300 different designers. According to its organizers, Fashion Week is the largest media event in New York City.
Think about all the other staple events in The Big Apple: Thanksgiving Day Parade, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the New York City Marathon…yet Fashion Week is bigger than all the rest. Being that New York is home to the largest department store in the world (Macy’s on 34th Street), and has a state university dedicated to fashion a few blocks away (Fashion Institute of Technology), how could you imagine Fashion Week taking place anywhere else?
If you were not in New York or didn’t have time to stay updated on all the daily fashion reports, here’s a re-cap of the 2014 New York Fashion Week:
1. Neons. Neons are not just lighting up some of the garments, neon orange lipstick was a consistent complement to the styles on the runways.
2. Neutrals. Herve Leger by Max Azria, known for women’s gowns, dresses and bathing suits, emphasized nude and neutral tones accented by fur, studs, and feathers—but not all at once. Each outfit offering a simple neutral shade has a different embellishment—just enough to give it some character.
3. Cropped everything. Cropped tops and jackets surfaced from multiple designers, including Tracy Reese and Lela Rose. These cropped items are not appearing alone – models wore cropped tops with cropped pants. This trend will be easier to enjoy when the weather gets warmer!
4. Black-and-white. Minimalist colors and styles popped up frequently. The classic black-and-white combo was used in statement pieces, like a striped fur coat from DKNY.
5. Polka dots. Carrying the black-and-white theme and then some, all sizes and colors of polka dots “dotted” the runways.
6. Bohemian chic. Diane von Furstenberg created a special show “Bohemian Wrapsody” to celebrate the 40-Year Anniversary of her iconic wrap dress. Adding to the spring bohemian trend, the Nicholas K Show featured braids and hippie-inspired headbands.
7. Urban cowgirl with lace. The Nicholas K Show then crossed over the bohemian theme into urban cowgirl, combining leather jackets with cowgirl hats, and lace tops with leather boots.