New York Fashion Week: Spring 2014’s top 5 developing trends

Spring 2014 Logo Trend Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang shot by Peter Stigter
Spring 2014 Logo Trend Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang shot by Peter Stigter

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The first half of New York Fashion Week Spring flew by in a flurry of silk chiffon and pretty prints and although it’s still early days, we’re already noticing some key looks emerging on runways. Here are the top 5 trends on our radar for Spring 2014 so far.


Time to renew that Pilates membership because toned abs and crop tops are cropping up once again all over Spring 2014 runways just as they did last year. From halters at Rag & Bone and athletic brights at DKNY to structured with lace at Jill Stuart and laser-cut mesh at Alexander Wang, these new crops aren’t for the faint of heart.


When designers weren’t endorsing bare midriffs with full on crop tops, they were hinting at it with suggestively sheer fabrics for Spring 2014. We saw sheer stripes at Peter Som and Tibi, see-through layers at Jason Wu and Jeremy Laing, and sheer fabrics remixed with prints and patterns at Rebecca Taylor and Ostwald Helgason.


Signaling fresh spring renewal, we’re spotting sage green all over New York Fashion Week runways for Spring 2014. Jason Wu did it in a pale sage short suit and organza dresses, while Ruffian’s silk cotton pantsuit played up the shade’s ocean-y undertones. Meanwhile, Lacoste toned down it’s signature shade for tennis court-ready looks in preppy pale green.


Between Alexander Wang and DKNY, the two pace-setting New York designers are taking the logo to the next level. In an over-the-top throwback to old school New York streetwear, both designers went all out, think in-your-face prints at DKNY and laser cut everything (skirts, crop tops, coats, gloves) at Wang.


Designers are still stuck in the 1990s for Spring 2014, but this season grunge and punk have given way to the crisp, clean minimalism of the late ‘90s. Delicate spaghetti-strapped slip dresses ruled at Jason Wu and DKNY, while Helmut Lang and Rag & Bone endorsed the season’s new minimalism in seriously simple suits and separates.

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