Recap: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015

NYFW Spring 2015The runway lights for the eight-day Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 event have dimmed, but the future of fashion indeed looks bright and in some shows, risk-taking. From September 4–11, the best of the best designers gathered at Lincoln Center to display their newest collections and their interpretations of what is to come for the spring and summer of 2015.

Quite a few of the fashions this year had soul—from African designer Deola Sagoe’s culture-inspired designs, to b michael America’s southern flare collection of floral styles, blazers, hues of lilac, turquoise, and French roll updos. This year’s fashion week offered so much to take in, including new and emerging designers to some runway looks that looked to be a possible fashion faux pas. There were more cellphones in the stands snapping photos, not to mention live tweeting, Ralph Lauren’s 4-D runway, Rihanna making surprise appearances at a few shows, Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn getting ice water dumped on him for ALS, and a possible movie inspiration for designers like Diane Von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta, who each featured pieces resembling Dorothy’s blue gingham dress in The Wizard of Oz.

Here are five lavish and luckily fashionable trends that stood out!

Trench it Up

For next spring, you might want to consider finding a trench coat to suit your style outdoors, as actress Sarah Jessica Parker displayed at the Calvin Klein show in a bright and blue knee-length trench coat she was royal and sleek. The wide-collared garment featured thick black zippers as pocket accents and an electrifying smooth exterior.

Fabulous Fantasy

Many of the top designers’ shows featured inspirational pieces. For Spring/Summer 2015, look out for eye-catching styles and possibly a resemblance of something vintage. For Diane Von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta, their collections displayed looks that appeared to be drawn from Dorothy’s dress in The Wizard of Oz, as models strutted in a similar blue patchwork ensemble. Designer Beverly Johnson’s collection had a splash of a 50s decade fantasy as her usual colorful and in your face designs pounced off the runway.

No Makeup

Though some media outlets made a big fashion fuss about the models for the Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2015 show not wearing makeup, there was something nice and simple about it. Plenty women do not wear makeup on their faces (and look great, too!). However, in the fashion world it was a decent change to see the women “giving face” with a bare and natural glow.

Spring in Your Step

Next spring, step and strut with your favorite go-to shoe like you normally would.  Elie Tahari’s presentation at fashion week displayed a chunky ankle boot, which will set the tone for any outfit. Brandon Sun’s collection delivered chic black pumps with a few of his pieces.

Crisp, Clean, Chic

The simple yet chic white button-down blouse is nothing new, but the style can be a fashion commodity during any season. Some designers throughout fashion week kept it crisp and clean with the classic blouse, perfect with accessories, denim jeans or a skirt of your choice. Consider keeping it low-key yet stylish in a basic white blouse. It’s an affordable and fashionable look.

-Elishia Peterson

Elishia Peterson is a blossoming freelance journalist based in Philadelphia. Her work has been featured on publications including Looklab, Crème Magazine, Cred, and Examiner covering budget fashion stories. She recently earned her Masters degree in Writing Studies which has pushed her to strive to be creative in her craft.

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