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A Splash of Spring at NYFW

As Miranda Priestly would say; Florals for spring? GROUNDBREAKING. However in the last attempt made by New Yorkers to hold onto the warmer temperatures of summer that is known as Mercedes Benz fashion week, that is exactly what was seen; Designers such as Carolina Herrera, Lela Rose, showed collections dripping and adorned with big loud florals and patterns.

In their third presentation at NYFW, Catalan brand Desigual, was almost the pioneer or spokesperson for this trend. The brand who is known for wild pattern mixing and using 75% of the color wheel in every garment, managed to take their known aesthetic and make it really wearable this season. The designers for Desigual stuck to a more controlled palate for garments, which had more single element dramatics than uncontrollable detailing.

Marchesa, in their 10th anniversary collection also showed a collection adorned with elegant florals. While Desigual focused on floral print patterns, Marchesa used intricate bead and appliqué detailing on their garments or shaping looks to look like flowers themselves. As a brand, Marchesa is known for showing beautiful and ethereal collections and their spring 2015 definitely did not disappoint.

Pueto Riccan designer Luis Antonio’s spring collection was entitled “Maritime” which was evident when his prints were comprised of nautical themes and one print in particular was larger than life ropes. It was a People’s Revolution show produced by Kelly Cutrone herself so it was superbly executed.

For Spring 2015, designers really embraced the idea of translucent, soft and flowy fabrics. According to Style.com, this was not merely another spring filled with silk organza, but across the board was this innovative superfine mesh, that was made to look like a translucent organza. Reem Acra utilized this throughout her collection, which really just brought a new and futuristic element the garments.

Badgley Mischka’s collection while always stellar, just somehow raised the bar even higher this season. The designing duo was also a proponent of this translucent mesh, which was used to make skirts and gowns flow down the runway and gently move as if their was an ethereal wind. However they took it to the next level, by embellishing the translucent fabric with hand painted florals, which was breathtaking.

First time presenters at NYFW entitled Projecto Mental were definitely deemed as the future designers to watch. African influence was another big trend this season and seeing as this duo is from Angola, they were spot on. While men in skirts probably wont be the next big thing, the suits accompanying them were impeccably made and the women’s separates were just as well tailored.

One of the most memorable events during fashion week was the CBS special Fashion Rocks. The night was full of fashion collections supplied by Macy’s brands that were uniquely available to be purchased during the show. The show itself was deemed as “edgy” by producers and definitely did not disappoint seeing as the show featured Justin Bieber stripping,  Pitbull dancing suggestively with dancers who stripped off cover skirts, and Rita Ora, Nicki Minaj and JLO working their derrieres constantly.

The menswear for the season was classic and well put together. As usual there was the distinct contrast between the classic menswear designers such as J Crew, Parke and Ronen, and Ralph Lauren, and those who take more dramatic risks such as Band of Outsiders, Maison Martin Margiela, and Dries Van Noten.

One of the most notable and interesting collections was that of Ralph Lauren who almost has changed directions for their menswear. While in the past the well-known brand pushed the edge in terms of menswear, has reverted their focus into classic and wearable pieces.

Carolina Herrera and Marc Jacobs are definitely noted as having some of the best shows this season because of their incorporation of dramatic sets, atmospheres and amazingly cohesive collections executed to perfection.

The collections for Spring 2015 were memorable in a way that is reminiscent of fashion we haven’t seen in a while. The looks were memorable and designers took really unique and beautiful risks that paid off ten fold. New talent is pouring into the fashion industry that really just makes the future of fashion that much more exciting. As we begin to descend into the colder months, the looks of Spring can remind us of the warm and sunny spring to come.

 

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