Last February’s fashion week was all about surviving Nemo; to be honest —trudging from Lincoln Center to Milk Studios and back— we were barely able to plow through. In contrast, for this season's shows all was redeemed! NYC's beautiful weather waved a sunny send-off to summer and its carefree fashion.
As we Citi Biked up and downtown from show to show, we couldn't help but get psyched over all of the exciting new concepts we were seeing on the runways (Though we also learned an important lesson: fringe and bicycles do NOT mix!). Click through to see the trends that'll be inspiring our--and your--wardrobes come next spring.
Theme: Maui State of Mind
This season, it's all about a South Pacific vibe as evoked by nostalgic floral patterns, beach-bound pants, and tan-friendly neckline. Pina Coladas optional.
Theme: High Karate
Spring's runways were packed with so many Karate Kids, one could easily assume Mr. Miyagi was moonlighting as a stylist. White-to-ivory, starchy layers were belted dojo-style and paired with coordinated slouchy pants offering a fresh way to get one’s "kicks" next spring.
Theme: The Quirk Team
A little bit sexy secretary, a little bit naughty librarian... but definitively more off-kilter. This "Quirkin' Girl" isn't afraid of you assuming she got dressed in the dark; the more jarring the print mix, the more--dare we say--dowdy the proportion, the more she confidently asserts that she's doing her own thing. Ugly Betty's not only having the last laugh, she's having a moment!
Color: Sunny Side Up
There's nothing mellow about the yellows we saw on New York's Spring 2014 runways; these dandelions are packing major punch whether acid-tinged or mustard-flavored.
Material: Shirting the Issue
Poplins, voiles, oxfords, and lawns… No, we aren't talking about growing up in Connecticut, but rather the crisp-to-gauzy, papery-to-polished shirting fabrics that influenced shapes and silhouettes alike for Spring 2014. Yes, they can be preppy, but it's very exciting to think of them going the way of French Provincial, non?
Print + Pattern: Picnic Prints
These pack-a-basket-and-go prints bring to mind a summery Saturday excursion into the country. Ginghams, bandana prints, and Pierre Deux-inspired mini-florals factor prominently, as do high-contrast colorways.
Detail: Reversed Lapel
Chic women have been flipping their jacket lapels forward for several seasons now; for Spring 2014 designers have taken note, delivering a myriad of interpretations on this too-cool-for-school detail. Sleeveless versions are a fresh and versatile way to experiment with this concept.
Styling: The Odd Couple
The crop-top momentum that began building during Resort's presentations shows no signs of letting up anytime soon; we spotted taut midriffs at just about every show. Coordinated high-waisted skirts are allowing us to breath a sigh of relief (and nibble on a Cronut or two) while we gear up to rock this trend next Spring. We're gonna do boxier, tee-style tops in the day, and then get a little saucy in bralettes at night.
Key Item: So Much to Say
We may wear our hearts on our sleeves, but for Spring 2014 we'll also be wearing our thoughts (or those of our fave designers) smack-dab in middle of our chests…"umm, my eyes are up here!".
Key Item: This Little Thing?
Have you been hanging onto that baby-blue Zum Zum, semi-formal gown you wore to prom (circa ’98) in hopes of a repeat slipdress moment? Well, we’ve got good and bad news for you…The bad news: girl let it go (that dress and your 12th grade prom date, are best left in the past). The good news: Spring’s runways featured every updated version of the slipdress conceivable–from Harlow-worthy Hollywood-glam, to the sort of vintage frocks Courtney Love would die for. Treat them as dresses or even as elongated camistrap-tunics, worn over pants like we used to back in…well yeah, ’98.