Celebrating 40 years at the top of the fashion industry, the Elie Tahari Spring/Summer 2014 presentation showcased a muted palate of white, black grey, blues, and a few subtle geometric patterns. The men’s collection featured dark tailored suits, sweaters, and slim fit, distressed leather jackets. The women’s collection featured boxy basket weave and eyelet dresses that created some intense graphic illusions, playing tricks on the eye. Tahari showed his range and craftsmanship as a designer, developed over the many years, but still kept things modern and as relevant as ever.
The Ovadia and Sons Spring/Summer 2014 collection mixed downtown cool with fun patterns and chic suede colorful biker jackets. The suiting options were on point and impeccably styled with pocket squares, bow ties, and must-have sunglasses. Hawaiian prints, performance fabric, and colorful outerwear highlighted the design duo’s ability to step outside the box and push the limits of the tailored man’s wardrobe.
Patrik Ervell’s Summer 2014 collection was presented on a styrofoam runway complimenting his fresh colored collection that had unique use of man sandals. White, black, beige, and a blue printed pattern scheme that varied in short suits to light jackets. Hat tip to Kanye West in the audience and the men’s gladiator sandals.
Alejandro Ingelmo’s rich knowledge of traditional craftsmanship originates directly from his family’s teachings. While his construction reflects those techniques passed on to him, Ingelmo consistently reaches for modernity in his silhouettes and finishing details. With the essence of his heritage and innovative technological development, Ingelmo has become known for his exquisitely produced product.
For Alejandro Ingelmo’s Spring/Summer 2014, the selection of shoes featured gladiator heels and sneakers. The heels were vibrant, scrappy, and had plenty of character. What we loved were their detailed camo touches and studstjat, making each pair unique and a statement piece in any outfit.
Lacoste’s spring summer 2014 collection continued with the same futuristic meets minimalism as seen in their previous collections. The collections used sharp lines that were reminiscent of modern architecture, light and transparent.
The color scheme ranged from winter whites, maroons, shades of blue, green, and a few pops on print on sweaters and transparent coat. The accessories were minimal as well, the men’s portfolios were great for any busy man and the women had choices of clutches and totes to complete their outfits. The French luxury sports brand S/S 2014 collection was still sporty, still classy, with flying coats, caps, classic Lacoste dress and comfortable sneakers and sandals to compliment the pastel palettes.
A-line pleated skirts, double- and triple-layered chiffon slip dresses, cross-body bags, dresses suspended on spaghetti straps, sloppy sweaters, bib overalls had Vogue editors asking, “What were you doing in the nineties,” in regards to Rag & Bone’s S/S 2014 presentation. When it comes to throws backs to the 90s and New York style, Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone says “Our girl knows how to wear menswear, she knows how to wear military shirts, but she doesn’t necessarily know how to wear something super simple. It’s like Aaliyah meets Little House on the Prairie.” There’s no piece in this collection that isn’t covetable.
(Photo credit: Dazed Magazine, Rag & Bone)
DKNY graced New York Fashion Week with a large presentation showcasing the SS14 men’s collection. A bright palette shone a heavenly light upon the line of classic but desirably modern pieces, with an array of whites, pastel reds and soft blues.
For Nautica’s Black Sail S/S 20414 collection they focused on key trends such as fashion sweats, tailored jackets, and chunky nits. The pairing varied from shirtless torso and jackets to blue water colored print trunks that were 5” seam, – a new cut, and a continually emerging trend, for menswear. Closing with pops of bold colors such as red and yellow that are signature to Nautica.
Todd Snyder’s S/S 2014 presentation, in conjunction with Tess Giberson, was awash with tailored suits in a diverse color palette, fitted shorts and cool, casual springtime ensembles. This is a collection that consciously tugs on the heartstrings of the everyman. Pulling safe and wearable collections out of the bag is what Todd Snyder does best.