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New York Fashion Week predicts fall trends

Contributing Reporter

Published: Monday, February 10, 2014

Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014 23:02

New York Fashion

Jason DeCrow | Associated Press

The Zac Posen Fall 2014 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.

Freezing temperatures and heavy snow fall couldn’t stop the fashion world from debuting future trends for fall/winter 2014 in the Big Apple.

Top designers and fashionistas descended onto Manhattan to observe, critique and take part in New York Fashion Week, an annual event that presents next year's styles almost a year in advance.

Fashion shows are no longer simple displays of clothing but have transformed into spectacles that are designed to lure and wow the audience.

InStyle, an online fashion magazine,raved about Diane von Furstenberg's homage to the 40th anniversary of her famous wrap dress. The fashion icon pulled out all the stops including a live performance by the band St. Vincent and ended the show in a blinding shower of gold confetti.

Opening ceremony co-designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon even perfumed the runway with the scent of melting chocolate enticing attendees with mugs of hot cocoa.

Despite the outrageous tactics used to attract people to their shows, the main goal of designers is to exhibit their latest creations in an attempt to set fashion trends in the coming year.

According to CNN, Wild West and Americana motifs heavily influenced many of the runways.

"Fall 2014 will be all about Americana and Wild, Wild West inspiration with fringe scarves, frayed edges, equestrian-inspired boots and blanket coats leading the charge," Sheila Aimette, a fashion forecaster for WGSN said.

Shows such as 10 Crosby Derek Lam, BCBG, and Rag & Bone featured this western style trend as predicted by Aimette.

While some designers showed western themes, others were featuring garments with larger proportions and oversized fits.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's fashion line, The Row, as well as Helmut Lang both utilized this trend. Models wearing oversized blazers and large, chunky sweaters walked down the runway.

 

Other trends seen at New York Fashion Week were boxy outerwear and plaids.

Rebecca Minkoff, one of the more budget-friendly designers, featured boxy outerwear. Her brand has developed rapidly within the last couple of years, building on her edgy and preppy style. Designers such as Rag & Bone and Public School displayed plaid in a variety of clothing items including button downs, skirts, and coats in both men's and women's fashions.

Richard Chai, DKNY, and Public School were some of the stand out lines for men's wear according to selectism.com.

These lines fused urban and frontier styling resulting in Amish-like felt hats, hoodies,the occasional cape, and flannel. These looks were edgy and made as ready to wear looks to be sold at outlets available to the general public.

Celebrities also flocked to the shows and were seen sitting front row to take in the trends according to E! Online.

Hailee Steinfeld, Zendaya, Victoria Justice, Joe Jonas, and Anna Kendrick are just some of the celebrities seen at Fashion Week. Victoria Beckham was supported by her entire family, who were seated front and center at her own fashion show.

New York Fashion Week kicked off Thursday and is followed by London starting Friday, Milan (Feb. 18-23), and Paris (Feb. 25-March 5).

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