from the world’s top designers show a movement for
spring 2014 collections toward island prints, airy
fabrics and flowy silhouettes — a stark change from
the darker hues and overarching Russian themes found in
the fall collections shown in February.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which began Thursday, many
runway models will wear garments with decidedly tropical
islands inspired Annapolis, Md., native and
"Project Runway" alum Christian Siriano’s
collection, for example. Siriano unveiled his collection
Saturday at Eyebeam Atelier in New York City.
Mara Hoffman, who typically deals in ethnic prints each
season, is also focusing on the tropics.
call this collection ‘a gang of rainbow warriors,’"
says Hoffman, who showcased Saturday in Lincoln Center.
"If there were ever a gang that worshipped
rainbows, this is what they would wear." Expect a
strong South American focus and a multitude of colors.
Hoffman promises a "vibrant palette of prints"
and "playful silhouettes in whimsical chiffons and
Hart, a menswear designer originally from Severna Park,
Md., whose collections are now sold at retailers such as
Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue
and Fred Segal Finery, alluded to an island theme with
the invitation for his spring collection, which he
showcased Thursday in New York. The colorful image of a
Hawaiian hula dancer comes with the message: "Aloha
from David Hart."
said, "For my spring 2014 collection, I was
inspired by the golden age of travel. Specifically,
Hawaiian tourism from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s."
Reese, fresh from another Michelle Obama seal of
approval, will turn to Afro-Cuban influences for her
collection, which she unveiled Sunday at Lincoln Center.
promised to balance feminine styles and modern
collection is rich in detail, including leather and
raffia embroideries and authentic athletic
accents," according to Reese. "Silhouettes
range from crop-tops paired with full midi-skirts and
cropped trousers to signature fit and flare frocks.
Textile highlights include geometric laces, tribal
embroideries and bonded technical knits."
collection also includes prints, which are a hallmark of
Reese, mixed with gingham and window pane, tropical
floral placements and tribal geometrics. Colors include
pinks, blues, greens and ochre. The Afro-Cuban influence
will truly be felt in the form of a lapis and scarlet
floral flyaway frock with back ruffle detail, and a
scarlet and black striped flyaway tee.
looks "express the effortless style of the modern
woman who is sexy, assured and contemporary," Reese
Mendel, which will showcase Wednesday in Lincoln Center,
was inspired by the notion of "tropical
alchemy," according to creative director Gilles
wanted to recast the J. Mendel woman as a highly
cultivated enchantress of the urban jungle," Mendel
the tropical trend will dominate many runways, not every
designer got swept up in the call of the islands.
and nature will intersect for the BCBG Max Azria
collection, which showcased Thursday at Lincoln Center.
were inspired by nature and modern art," according
to Lubov Azria, chief creative officer for the brand.
"Contemporary art inspired the choice of vivid
colors, while more muted tones glean inspiration from
the natural beauty of the world around us."
Leger by Max Azria was designed with a historical feel.
cultural and geological references inspire the
collection as seen in ancient tribes and
tradition," according to Azria, who also serves as
chief creative officer for this collection. His
collection showed Saturday in Lincoln Center.
Taylor, who also showcased Saturday, was inspired by
modern romanticism. Expect intricate details that are
reminiscent of early American workwear with a faint hint
palette will be highlighted by pale gray and sage green.
Stronger base colors include cayenne and nude, with
robin’s egg blue.
fabrics will dominate the collection.
crisp white poplin shirting and geo eyelet are layered
with tactile matelasse, laminated knit, and
crystal-encrusted lace," according to Taylor.