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Fashion Week: from New York to Milan designers showcase trends for spring 2015

Catie Marie Martin
Holly Fowler

The Mercedes-Benz fashion show in New York City stands out as one of the most iconic weeks in the fashion world. This bi-annual event is held every September and February to showcase the upcoming trends and styles for spring and fall. 

This year’s spring fashion week was  held Sept. 4 through Sept. 11, and the week is immediately followed by fashion weeks in London, Milan and Paris. 

Viewers and buyers waited anxiously to see the unveiling of top brands’ Spring 2015 collections that will set the fashion standard for the season. 

The trends seen and expected to set the bar for spring season are pretty pastels, off the shoulder looks, pleats, gingham, sneakers and nods to nature with earthy colors and floral prints. 

Top designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Rebecca Minkoff, Victoria Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs, along with many other designers, showcased their clothes in the typical unique and eccentric fashion. 

Tory Burch describes her collection on her website as “a casual yet elegant ease to the collection, seen in the softness of the lines, and a play between raw and refined.”

Betsey Johnson, true to her eclectic taste, had a whimsical show celebrating different marriage themes featuring drag queens, transgenders, and even her 72 year old dance partner from “Dancing with the Stars.” 

According to an interview from the Houston Chronicle, Johnson declares, “pre-nup is a part of the whole world of straight brides, gay brides, transgender marriages, everybody getting married. Finally, freedom.” 

Memorable designer Thom Browne created a fantastical garden world in which to showcase his clothes, and the fictional characters from the world included six sisters with different fashion tastes. Models adorned with bright pops of color  and floral prints brought the story to life while actress Diane Keaton narrated.

Celebrities continue to play a large role in the fashion world, and this season’s fashion week was no exception. Kendall Jenner of the Kardashian clan walked in the shows of Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karen New York  and Polo Ralph Lauren. David Beckham introduced a collaboration line with Belstaff, and Miley Cyrus teamed with Jeremy Scott to show off her handmade jewelry. Even Serena Williams, who just won the U.S. Open, impressed the audience with her new HSN fashion line. 

Social media dictates the attention that each designer receives, and Michael Kors topped the social media list as being the most talked about designer. According to a Fashion Week review article by New York Times, “in a season when so many shows have seemed timid, yet elaborate, [Kors] does get the American fashion dream: easy, energetic clothes.”

Marc Jacobs, also a social media favorite designer, made a bold statement by sending his models down the runway without a stitch of makeup on their face. In an interview with “Fashionista,” Francois Nars, Jacob’s makeup artist, says, “I don’t like middle-of-the-road, so I hate the idea of always doing a ‘healthy’ look. Rosy cheeks and all that,” he said. “We’ve done it, but I like the idea of no color, nothing on.” 

Spring New York Fashion Week 2014 did   not disappoint as designers made plenty of bold fashion and political statements, and many new designers have created their mark in the fashion world. The bar has been set, and more trends are expected to emerge from the London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. 

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