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New York Fashion Week: Watch for these trends in 2014

Now that New York Fashion Week has wrapped up, I took another look at the spring 2014 collections to see what styling elements stood out to me most. I’ve compiled my top five trends—for better, or for worse—to look for in 2014.

Calvin Klein Spring 2014



Fringe: We saw it in Altuzarra’s early show and again in Calvin Klein’s late-week show. And we saw it plenty of times in between. Fringe long and short, thick and thin, are back in action on the runway. Will the extra bit of adornment be popular in springtime door displays? I could live without it. Call me if there’s a flapper party on the schedule.







Victoria Beckham Spring 2014



Straps: Who told spaghetti straps they were allowed to make an appearance? Alas, thin straps are creeping back into our wardrobes. From Christian Siriano’s bandeau tops to Victoria Beckham’s sweetheart necklines (left), designers must be itching to show off the shoulders. Unfortunately, there are few body types where spaghetti straps are flattering. For most of us, it’s not enough support—and it’s definitely not appropriate for professional settings.






Nanette Lepore Spring 2014




Rosy hues:   Nanette Lepore’s bold red sweater, bag, and lip shown on the model here are just one example of the pinks and reds featured on the runway for spring. Ranging from a warm pink—do we dare call it salmon?—to a rich, ripe tomato red, get ready to get warm this spring.






Proenza Schouler Spring 2014



Mixed media: It’s not just about mixing prints any more. Look for clothing that includes several types of material, from  traditional fabric to futuristic embellishments. This look from Proenza Schouler mixes things up rather  nicely, I think. It’s an edgy, but polished look for a red carpet starlet. I’d love to see a dress like this on Jennifer Lawrence or New Girl‘s Hannah Simone.




Oscar de la Renta Spring 2014



Florals: Hey! Remember when we wore all those small floral prints in the 1990s? And then in the 2000s we decided that gigantic flowers were the way to go? The runway this season falls somewhere in between. But instead of sticking to trims and accent panels, this season’s florals are omnipresent. They look beautiful on collections like Oscar de la Renta’s (left). Just be careful that you don’t wind up looking like grandma’s sofa once you get dressed.



Which NYFW trends did you like the best? How about the least?

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