Fashion Week from A to Z

By: Ashley Boudreaux

Mercedes Benz  Fashion Week was held in New York City Feb. 6 to Feb. 13.  With so many designers, trends and craziness happening throughout the week.  I’ve listed an A-Z guide of the best moments of the week.

A is for Abstract Prints

Abstract prints were a prominent feature in Carolina Herrera’s runway show.  The fall, ready-to-wear, line centered around shapes such as triangles  and parallelograms.  The collection included warm winter coats to gorgeous abstract printed gowns.  One of Herrera’s abstract print gowns could possibly play a trick on your eyes if you stared for too long.

B is for Bohemian “Wrapsody”

This year is the 40th year anniversary of Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress, so it is only common sense that she would name her 2014 fall, ready-to-wear line, after it!  Von Furstenberg’s line was not only named after the iconic wrap dress, but it also consisted of many wrap dress all in different delicate fabrics, colors, and prints.  The first look to appear on the runway was exactly what was expected, but even better.  The look was Diane von Furstenberg to a t.  Model, Karen Elson, wore a black, gold, and white collared version of the wrap dress.  The collection consisted of bohemian, yet classic looks that women can wear for decades.

C is for Chocolate Walls at Opening Ceremony

…Yes, you read that right.  There was a chocolate wall at fashion week thank’s to fashion label Opening Ceremony.  Models strutted down a white runway with a wall next to them covered in dripping chocolate.  I’m not sure if this was a great idea considering the chocolate wall itself was more notable than the actually clothing line.  While Opening Ceremony had some interesting pieces, the chocolate wall really had everyone oohing and aahhing.  And yes, attendees of the fashion show were able to dip their fingers into the delicious chocolate wall.

D is for DETAILS.  

Of course every fashion designer has unique detailing in their lines, but this year the detailing was intricate, sophisticated and anything but ordinary.  Design house, Milly, began their runway show with ballerina like designs then turned it edgier with her leather and lamb fur fringe detailing.  J. Crew brought their runway collection to the next level with mixing vibrant gold sequins.  One look consisted of a navy blue oversized sweater, a similar colored scarf with black leather detailing, and gold sequined cropped pants.  And let’s not forget the metallic polka dot detailing on just about everything in Jill Stuart’s fall line.

E is for “Enchanted: The Search for the Golden Monarch”

Although this may sound like an upcoming major film, it is actually the name of Alice and Olivia’s fall 2014 runway show.  The show took place at the Mckittrick Hotel, which is home to the theatre production, Sleep No More.  Not only did the runway show take place where the theatre production usually runs, but it looked a lot like a theatre production itself.  Instead of models walking down the runway, Alice and Olivia changed things up a bit staging  their models in a fantasy world of fashion.  Attendees of the fashion show (or should i say production) were able to walk around freely to check out the whimsical fashion and props.  Unlike Opening Ceremony’s chocolate wall, Alice and Olivia’s show design enhanced the romantic looks.

F is for Front Row

During New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, if your a celebrity and you are sitting in the front row, it means something.  From Mary j. Blige to Jared Leto, celebs were everywhere.  Some celebrities are there because they love the designer’s fashions and other just go because they will get a ton of money for being there.  Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow sat together for Hugo Boss’ show and earlier that day, Blake Lively and Micheal Douglas attended Micheal Kors.

G is for Girl Meets Boy

Rebecca Minkoff’s 2014 fall ready-to-wear line gave us a girl-meets-boy vibe with classic menswear styles with a feminine twist.  Minkoff gave us light pale pink (which was recently a trend for spring) peacoats, deep-v neck wine colored jumpsuits, and fashion-forward sweatshirts. Her looks were simple and not over complicated which gave attendees a real look at what her style is.

H if for Heat Activated Leather

Alexander Wang (who also has a menswear-for-women vibe) showed attendees of his fall 2014 runway show a fashionable, but techy time.  Not only did Wang have incredible textured winter coats, but Wang ended his show with a bang.  Wang’s big grand finale debuted models walking down the runway in heat-activated leather.  As the models walked down the runway their coats, skirts, and cropped pants changed colors from black to bright neon colors.

I is for ICB

ICB was Prabal Gurrung’s second show of this years New York Fashion Week. Gurrng’s show was filled with models wearing pinstripe dresses in different shades of grey to models wearing bright cobalt blue tailored coats.

J is for Johnson, Betsey Johnson that is

Betsey Johnson brought it like usual, with hot pink leopard prints, gaudy jewelry, and rock n roll styles few can pull off.  One of Betsey Johnson’s models wore fishnet stockings, a blue python printed mini dresses, sequin black boots, thigh-high blue socks, fishnet fingerless gloves, a black cropped feather jacket, and of course a gold chain…and that was just what one model wore.  Betsey proves she can do whatever she wants and still has it.

K is for Keeping It Simple

Charlotte Ronson kept it simple doing what she knows best, feminine ready-to-wear clothing with a slight hippie vibe.  Ronson’s 2014 fall collection consisted of mostly black.  The first look to strut down the runway was a long black lace crew collared dress.  The dress may have been simple but the tailoring and style was much more.

L is for Lacoste

When most people think of Lacoste, they think to think of either two things.  One being the ultra-preppy Lacoste alligator polo, and two sports, especially tennis and golf.  Lacoste’s fall, ready-to-wear, runway show proved that they are much more than just that.  The collection started off with men’s and women’s wear in monochromatic blues and burgandys.  The entire collection consisted of clothing that can easily be worn at any sport game.

M is for Marc Jacobs

Ever since Marc Jacob’s left his job as creative director of Louis Vuitton, everyone has been waiting to see what he will do next.  And finally his ready-to-wear fall runway collection debuted and impressed everyone like usual.  Jacob’s went with a very serene vibe allowing his clothes to be the real attention-grabber.  Jacob’s collection also seemed very calm with flowing fabrics in pastels and neutral colors.

N is for Nude Nails

A big trend from this year’s Fall New York Fashion Week was nude nails.  Models from Alexander Wang, Nellie Partow, Altuzzara, and Monique Lhuilier all wore nude nails.  This is a fashion trend that certainly will not break your budget!

O is for Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta has always been knows for the gorgeous gowns that celebrities love to wear walking the red carpet. But this year at fashion week, de la Renta surprised us with leather accents.  A favorite of mine was without a doubt the wide-leg leather pants that a model wore with a sleek white button down, and black and white woven jacket with a cobalt blue fur collar.  And of course Oscar did give us beautiful gowns that any celebrity would be honored to wear on any red carpet.  One being a beautiful red velvet bustier top that was contrasted with a light pink silk bottom.

P is for Photo Bombed

If you followed Fashion Week then you more than likely heard the buzz about the weird streaker that photo bombed Prabal’s runway show.  The man with a gold crown on ran on stage in a long black coat flashing his leopard print thong to the audience.  Maybe he was just as exited as we were about Prabal’s flawless collection.

Q is for Quiz!

Do you think you know everything there is about New York Fashion Week? Well let’s see if you can answer these three questions regarding designers that debuted their new fall collections at fashion week!

1. How long was Marc Jacobs a creative director of Louis Vuitton?

2. Where was Cynthia Rowley’s first fashion show held in 1983?

3. What is the “Big Four” of fashion?

4. Is anyone allowed to show at New York Fashion Week?

5.When was New York Fashion Week established?

R is for Red Dress Collection Runway Show

February is not only the month for fall fashions to be debuted in New York, but also Heart Disease Awareness Month.  To pay tribute to this cause, different celebrities walked the Go Red Runway Show on February 6.  Some celebrities such as, Kat Graham, Lindsey Vonn, Colbie Caillet and many more danced and paraded around in different designers signature red dresses.  Once a celebrity would appear on the runway, the name of designer of the dress they wore and a quote saying why they believe in supporting the Heart Disease cause would appear on the screen behind them.

S is for StarWars

Yes, you read that correctly, StarWars.  Design house, Rodarte, debuted their Star Wars printed dress, and they were actually incredible.  The dresses were all long with draped fabric on the shoulders.  The dresses included c-3PO, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and the Death Star. While I am not sure is any celebrities will be wearing these unique gowns on the red carpet, I do know that any Star War fan would be proud to own them.

T is for Thrown Together

Design house Thakoon had two shows this year, “Addition” and “Thakoon.”  Thakoon’s secondary show, Addition, was all about the girl on the go.  One model looking as if she just rushed out the house, wearing an oversized white blouse, and coat falling off her shoulder.

U is for U!

What do you think about these styles?  Would you go with Betsey Johnson color crazy, or keep it simple in Charlotte Ronson’s easy to wear collection?  Comment below and tell us what your thoughts are on New York Fashion Week!

V is for Vivienne Tam goes Psychedelic

Before Vivienne Tam’s 2014 fall collection debuted, Tam spoke much about her show being all about the 1970s.  Some designers seemed to be a bit too much like the 70’s, almost looking costume-ish.  Colorful psychedelic printed peasant dresses, and huge furs looked as if the designer went back into time and plucked the clothes off of models from that era.

W if for Winter Wonderland

Tommy Hilfiger’s elaborate runway show looked like a winter wonderland, complete with fake snow, skis, and overhead chairlift.  The vibe and scenery of the show went well with Hilfiger’s ready-to-wear fall runway collection.  Models wore beanies with oversized coats, and plaid dresses. A big inspiration for Hilfiger’s line was the outdoors.  Hilfiger’s use of rugged western wear and use of plaid prints perfected his outdoors looks.

X is  for Celebrity  X Designer collaborations

During New York Fashion Week Tommy Hilfiger announced that he and actress, Zooey Deschanel, are planning a collaborative fashion line.  Deschanel, who has reached “it-girl” status due to her hilarious and quirky show, New Girl, is ready to launch her very own fashion line called “To Tommy, From Zoey.”  This collaboration will surly have feminine styles, quirky prints, and an all american vibe.  The collection will launch in Macy’s on April 14.

Y is for Yigal Azrouël

Yigal’s concept for his ready-to-wear fall runway show featured around complex designs in simple colors and fabrics.  Although there was some graphic prints, simplicity made Yigal’s show a success.  The show began with winter whites and delicate shades of grey dresses and sweaters.  Then a model wearing an all black tailored knee length leather dress showed that Yigal can also be edgy.  The show ended with models wearing long flowy black gowns.

Z is for Zac Posen

Zac Posen debuted two fall ready-to-wear collections this year, Zac Posen, and Zac by Zac Posen.  Zac Posen was inspired by fashion designer Charles James.  Posen focused on what he does best in intricate pleating and tailored looks.  Posen’s collection Zac by Zac Posen, is a less expensive ready-to-wear collection.  The collection was filled with plaid leather skirts, wide legged pants, pastel floral dress and much more.  Fashionistas would love to wear either Posen collection.


Quiz Anwsers!

1. Sixteen Years

2.Her very own apartment!

3.The “Big Four” are  the largest cities that have  a fashion week.  First it is New York, then London, Milan and Paris.

4. Not every designer is allowed to show at fashion week.  But smaller design houses usually present their own fashion shows either before or after Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

5.New York Fashion Week was first established in 1943.  It is the oldest fashion week out of the Big Four.

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