The day we have all been anticipating, New York Fashion Week has begun!
Starting off strong, New York Fashion Week is taking fashion to a new high this year from September 5-12 showcasing designers Spring/Summer 2014 collections.
Kicking off Fashion Week today, designers have been sharing their inspirations behind the garments appearing on the runways. Three top collections that hit the runway opening day have been Nicholas K, Max Azria and Tadashi Shoji.
Nicholas K is a New York based design company founded in 2003 with the intent of designing modern classic pieces. The inspiration behind the 2014 Spring/Summer collection is “Shaman” says Nicholas K. Models strut the runway in white head wraps with feather accents ascending to the sky. Reflecting the inspiration of interacting and entering a spiritual world seemed effortless for Nicholas K to manipulate into a wearable collection. Luminous fabrics floated down the crisp white runway as if one were in a dream. The lightweight fabrics were constructed into extremely ready-to-wear spring/summer wardrobe pieces consisting of draped elegance. As the music became noticeably more upbeat, so did the clothing. Earth tones and organic patterns were used in flowing floor-length coats, button down shirts, drawstring shorts and maxi dresses.
Max Azria of BCBGMAXAZRIA states his collection was “Radical Classic- the elegance of well-assumed, sure values a daring chic.” After viewing the collection the inspiration was clearly echoed. Simplistic silhouettes were sharply cut to create structure and edgy accents. The garments were fabricated in light textiles with an airy colour palette of white, blue, black, grey and biscut. The BCBGMAXAZRIA collection brought a breeze of lightness to the runway through feminine and modern designs. Sheer panels along hems of skirts and pants, sharply notched lapels, waist emphasis and the classy use of floral prints were immaculately executed into this outstanding collection. Lets just say the finale black lace and organza dress summarized the inspiration into a single piece.
Tadashi Shoji called his runway show inspiration “Sweet Liberation”. Shoji showcased a romantic and artistic side to his designs for this collection. Intricate detailing, patterns with sheer overlay and feminine hourglass silhouettes were created in pastel colours bringing the essence of spring skies. The subtle hint of fringe and metallic glamour translated into a strong modern romanticism. Any of the diagonally patterned or lace embroidered dresses would instantly make the woman wearing them feel charming and liberated or as Shoji might call it a sense of “sweet liberation”.