Roundup: Fashion Month Spring/Summer 2014

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Fashion Week runway | emma-elsewhere.com

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Let me just start by saying What. A. Whirlwind.

After covering the past four weeks of Fashion Month for my university's fashion and lifestyle publication, MODA (check us out here!), I felt relieved that I would no longer have to visit Style.com daily.  My passion for fashion is never-ending, but to be quite honest the endless parades of models (this season basically clad in white or black) tend to blur together after a while.

Instead of boring you with an overview of every week and location of Fashion Month, I decided that it would be easier to fill you in on my "favorites" from the past four weeks.

Favorite Collections

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2014 | emma-elsewhere.com

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Ralph Lauren was a pleasant surprise to me this year.  The collection's general use of color stood out among a sea of monochrome neutrals and minimalistic aesthetics.  My favorite part of this collection was the integration of bold colors like orange and yellow: no pastels here.  Another interesting aspect?  Colorful jeweled embellishment was used instead of jewelry to create interest on the more muted garments.

Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2014

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As a longtime fan of Project Runway, I was well aware of who Christian Siriano is and what his aesthetic is before I viewed his collection.  High glamour, sophistication and a bit of an attitude are all attributes that run through the threads of Siriano's garments.  This season he showed a glorious collection of pearly white, voluminous gowns and other, more form-fitting ones in shades of blue.  Already worn by Sarah Hyland on the 2014 Emmy's Red Carpet, I was not surprised to see some of his larger skirts paired with a crop top.  However, the addition of fringe served to excite me more than I could have anticipated.

Tom Ford

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2014

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When you think Tom Ford you think sexiness.  His glamorous aesthetic was evident even when he designed for Perry Ellis, but as the director of his namesake label he is given an opportunity for his style to shine.  Shine he did this season, with impeccably fitted leather trousers and smart jackets in a palette of black, black and more black.  The collection reminded me of Taylor Momsen, though admittedly that might be because of the hair and makeup more than anything.  I could see myself wearing many pieces from this collection, both styled the way they were on the runway or mixed with denim for a laid back look.  All in all, Tom Ford was my favorite show of the season.

Favorite Fashion Week: London

London Fashion Week - Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 | emma-elsewhere.com

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There's just something about London.  I don't know if it's my obsession with the 60's mod movement, or the classic lines of a Burberry trench but this city's style speaks to me.  The designers who show in London have no inhibitions, they don't often follow trends and because of this their collections are always more interesting to look at.  Everyone was looking to London for inspiration regarding the 90's movement and they did not disappoint.

Favorite Trend: Fringe/Suede

Trends during Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Week - Fringe | emma-elsewhere.com

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Owing to my recent adoption of a more bohemian aesthetic, the emergence of fringe and suede on the runways was my favorite trend of the season.  I tend to migrate toward earthy colors when getting dressed, so the more natural shades of suede were more to my liking.  Alberta Ferretti, however, combined the tough look of suede and fringe with romantic, flowing gowns, resulting in beautiful styling.  Her addition of suede in pastel hues played to a more feminine audience.

Favorite Beauty Look: Flush of Color

Beauty Trends - Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Week | emma-elsewhere.com

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Something that often gets overlooked in runway reviews is the beauty look featured on the models.  Although much time is spent creating a character for a model, reviewers tend to focus solely on the clothing coming down the runway.  This season, it was difficult to look away from the glowing skin and natural finishes presented on the models.  My personal favorites were those that combined dewy, natural skin with a flush of color somewhere else on the face.  At Emilio Pucci, rosy cheeks gave the models a sun-kissed, blushing look, while at Michael Kors the blush leaned toward peachy tones.  Topshop Unique took a more dramatic approach to this trend, staining models lips with a berry shade.

 

What were your favorite collections from the Spring 2015 collections?  Which collection presented your favorite beauty look?  Let me know in the comments!