Runway Rewind: 10 of Our Favorite Spring 2014 Collections Shown at NYFW
Posted Sunday September 15, 2013 8:00 AM GMT
As fast as New York Fashion Week came this year, it was gone. But boy, did designers leave us with something to look forward to for spring.
While the week sort of seems like a blur of sartorial perfection to us editors who slaved around the clock to bring you live updates, there's a few specifics that stand front and center in our minds, and are worthy of a last encore.
Below are the top ten shows at New York Fashion Week Spring 2014, each of which debuted stunning silhouettes, creative colors, and new trends. It was no easy task narrowing it down, but if you take anything away from this time around, make it this list:
Michael Kors: Michael Kors strikes again! Every single item he debuted proved to be extremely wearable and versatile — so à la Kors. While there were a few instances (like this) where he left little nothing to the imagination, with the help of an extra lining, we could build an entire wardrobe from these functional, sophisticated and feminine pieces. In fact, come spring, we’ll gladly accept the challenge.
Alice + Olivia: Designer Stacey Bendet showed off her spring duds in a presentation style versus a runway show, which allowed buyers, editors and bloggers to get up-close and personal with the ensembles. Considering all the lace embellishments, delicate blouses and accessorized details that were put into the collection, we were grateful for the extra observation time. Bendet made great use of white — so much so — that this outfit is already on our spring wish list.
Betsey Johnson: Betsey Johnson’s clothes have little to do with why her runway show is one of our favorites. We know — it’s a little backwards — but there are few designers who can reflect their label’s personality as brilliantly as Betsey. This year, she transformed a stressful backstage into a three-hour party and brought candy, cupcakes and a DJ to the tents. Models danced down the runway in punk-meets-pretty dresses and paraded her risqué theme, “BJ One a Day.” The show is definitely a spectacle, and worth watching. Catch the full clip here.
Rachel Zoe: A baby bump didn’t stop the busy mom from getting wild on the runway! The 42-year-old stylist-turned-designer tuned out an exotic collection for Spring 2014 — one that spotlighted all the sartorial highpoints of a safari getaway. We love everything about the earthy color palette and boho-chic silhouettes, including this kimono that we’re going absolutely bananas for.
Ralph Lauren: Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2014 collection proved yet again, why the label stands as America's premiere classic clothier. In the midst of sultry jumpsuits, plunging v-neck tops and billowing silhouettes, the designer debuted what he calls, “a new length for evening.” If we can look half as good as Karlie Kloss did, you know we’ll be wearing it.
Jenny Packham: She might not be the most well-known designer to show at New York Fashion Week, but one of her loyal followers is the most famous fashionista in the world. You guessed it: Kate Middleton. Packham is one of Middleton’s favorite designers, and her collection explains precisely why. The range entailed sophisticated daywear featuring an understated elegance, along with timeless eveningwear that’s perfect for — say — a royal affair. Yet, what we love most about Packham is her ability to accentuate a small waist, which is signature of the Duchess of Cambridge's style. We wouldn’t be surprised to see her donning this dress come spring.
Kate Spade: You can’t get more colorful than Kate Spade, and for that, we love her. Creative Director Deborah Lloyd themed this year’s collection, “Places to Go, People to See,” and debuted a presentation filled with lemon yellows, poppy pinks, black and white grids and stripes, and Monet florals. The models looked picture-perfect as they posed against a green landscape for eager shutterbugs. If we could hit the streets looking this stylish everyday, there’s no doubt we would.
Oscar de la Renta: A girl can dream, right? The designer’s exclusive Spring 2014 show solidified (as if there was any doubt) why he’s one of the best in the business. Each dress was as enchanting as the next — column gowns with tiers for days, frocks with pearl trim, and a signature ODLR number worn by Joan Smalls equipped with yellow silk faille, black tulle and intricate filigree embroidery. In a statement given to The Daily Beast, Oscar said the new range was inspired by his love for women. “And I do the very best I can to make them fall in love with the clothes,” he added. Well, consider us smitten.
BCBGMAXAZRIA: We all want to be a BCBG girl, right? The label is known for its ability to offer the trends in a realistic manner, and on that front, they delivered. The Spring 2014 collection took traditional ladylike silhouettes and gave them a major style overhaul. Cotton twills and flyaway georgettes seduced our sartorial palettes, while abstract watercolor prints, sheer detailing, and intricate embroidery added the touch of femininity we crave from womenswear. Head-to-toe ensembles like this remind us how easy it is to look effortlessly chic.
Badgley Mischka: If you want to know what the celebs will be wearing come spring, look no further than Badgley Mischka. The Spring 2014 showcase was a decadent display of everything from intricately beaded, floor-length evening gowns in pastel hues to knee-length frocks featuring eye-catching embellishments. Whether you’re headed for a night out on the town or a black tie ball, these silhouettes will have you looking like an A-lister.