My MBFW Journey + Review of Spring 2014 Collections

Although I’ve worked as a volunteer for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in the past (setting up shows, and backstage areas), this year, I got the exclusive privilege of attending New York’s spring fashion week. How you might ask!?!?! I simply followed my favorite designers on twitter, signed up for their news letters and email lists, and went down to the city to meet people and share my love of fashion. Before I knew it, I was getting invites to attend shows for this years fashion week! It was  a crazy whirlwind experience, from picking out the perfect outfit, to walking into the tents…standing in line and getting my name checked of the “list”. Once I was in the venue, I found my seat and wait for the action to begin!

Diane von Fürstenberg

DVF’s show called “Oasis” truly lived up to its title.  What an amazing show! I still have chills. First can I say the show was more like a party, tons of celebs and great music, everyone was rocking out in their seats as the models glided down the runway. Enough about that LETS get to the clothes! This season DVF took bright and bold prints to a whole new level: a great zebra print danced across a silk jersey tunic and pants, a bright red chiffon dress with rope detail hung so beautifully on the model as she walked with the confidence that she knew she owned. Lions and Zebras ran across the landscape of a short sleeve shift dress and maxi skirt.  A crisp white tunic and pant suits looked chic and classic as it made its way down the glistening white catwalk. The best by far though, was the cork printed leather crop top and flare skirt. Cork was a theme that she even carried on to her invitation (see above)!  The pièce de résistance of the show was when Naomi Campbell closed the show with her fierce strut. The Lady herself, Diane von Fürstenberg, even got in on the action, dancing down the runway as the show closed. Classic, fun, entertaining, and memorable are the words I’ll use to describe this fantastic show!

Ralph Rucci

Ralph Rucci received another standing ovation for his collection and I can tell you why: his show was the true epitome of ready to wear. You could literally see the fashion editors pointing out the items that they would be featuring in their next issues. Classic as always, every piece seemed as if you could take it and walk off the runway with it. Crisp whites and sharp black pants suits looked beautiful as they made their way down the runway. Black tunics with sheer panel details over black pants, zipped down the runway as models weaved in and out of the strategically placed chairs.  A beautiful coral colored shift dress with lace up details on the side had everyone wishing for spring garden parties. The “new pants suit” that everyone will be wearing in 2014 features a military inspired jacket with sheer details across the shoulders and sleeves with a tailored skinny pant including straps hanging from the sides and slits at the ankle. There are so many words to describe this collection, but since I know you’ll be seeing his work on magazine covers and in stores all over starting spring 2014, I won’t have to, you’ll be able to see the beauty for yourself!

Samantha Black:

You may remember her from Project Runway season 11, the cute girl from Brooklyn with a little bit of edge. This year, Samantha held her runway show at a church located at 296 9th Ave, and the stars were not in shortage– despite the fact that they had to venture away from the illustrious Lincoln Center tents. The show was titled “Double Sided” and was a mix of feminine details with a punk rock edge. Floral prints seemed to be the theme of this year’s show, as half of the collection consisted of the floral patterns, and the other half as a mixture of black and white and pops of bright yellows. The collection was fun and very youthful. It was reminiscent of pieces you would find at Forever 21 and frankly I won’t be surprised if they take inspiration from Samantha Black’s spring 2014 collection. The show was fun, with a performance from Elle Varner, and most importantly the clothing was cute and fashion forward.

Whether you kept up with the shows from your computer, or got to see them in person– I’d love to know which designers you thought had the best collections this season! Leave a comment below.

 

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