This year's fall collections will be dominated by a Parisian influence, darker colors, a flair for the dramatic and even a nod to the past. Yes, the first signs of fall will flourish the next seven days at New York Fashion Week.
Hundreds of designers from across the globe are descending on New York City to showcase their latest offerings for the coming season. Fashion Week has evolved into a proving ground where fashion editors, stylists, celebrities and socialites consume and evaluate collections before the garments start arriving in stores.
David Hart, Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m., Industria Studios
David Hart, the Severna Park native, kept a retro feel for this collection, while distancing himself from his colorful, Hawaiian-inspired spring collection. The former luxury accessory designer turned menswear designer says his fall collection was inspired by Rod Serling's television series "The Twilight Zone.".
"I was interested in how television made its way into every home in America as a new medium and the impact it had on society," he says. "I also thought of this in relation to how smartphones have affected our generation; we have access to any information we need right in our pocket. There is texture and 'static' in the majority of the textiles I developed this season and it runs throughout the entire collection."
The collection's color palette was inspired from images by Los Angeles-based contemporary photographer Alex Prager. "These photographs also relate to 'The Twilight Zone' because of the artist's ability to capture moods of tension, suspense, isolation, and sadness in a flat colorful image. It's the modern-day version of film noir."
BCBGMAXAZRIA, Thursday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m., Lincoln Center
Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, says that the landscapes and scenery of Louisiana and the bayou inspired this fall collection.
"The juxtaposition of reflections, water and sky inspired the blues and natural tones in the fall 2014 collection," according to Azria. "Collection colors include warm neutrals and greys offset with rich terracotta and cool blue."
Jay Godfrey, Thursday, Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m, The Hub at the Hudson Hotel
Jay Godfrey was influenced by '70s rock 'n' roll. He promises that it will manifest itself in "edgy prints and rich textures, creating body-conscious silhouettes." Look for modernized staples such as "standout shifts, flirty miniskirts, bold and unexpected bomber jackets, and sleek jumpsuits," according to Godfrey. Fabrics such as stretch jacquard, ultra suede and boucle will dominate the collection. Black will anchor the collection's palette. Also expect burgundy wine, olive and deep indigo. Garments will be accented by fringe, stud and zipper detailing, along with "shots of metallic sequin," which are the foundation of the collection, he said.
Mara Hoffman, Saturday at 3 p.m., Lincoln Center
Mara Hoffman started 2014 on a roll by debuting a children's collection with J. Crew. And there is no sign that she will stop. Expect the same vibrant, colorful ethnic patterns and quality fabrics this year. "For my fall 2014 collection, I drew inspiration from northern Africa and all of the textiles, jewelry and elements of nature picked up along the way. The journey continues," says Hoffman.
Rebecca Taylor, Saturday at 1 p.m., Center 548
Rebecca Taylor says she was inspired by Parisian street artist Philippe Baudelocque and the use of layering of textures and patterns for this collection.
"The idea of fragile work in an urban environment plays on the rare complexity of unexpected pairings of colors, techniques and fabrics," she says.
Rounded coats layered with sheer cut-work dresses, boxy jackets and lofty sweaters, paired with tailored cropped pants, will create an interesting balance between soft and angular, Taylor says.
As for the fabrics, Taylor used Matelasse organza applied over "technical mesh experiments with dimension." Metallic glazed jacquards and chain sequence detailing will also create a "sense of edge in a modern and controlled way," she says. Expect high-shine metallic to be grounded by muted shades of neutrals in stormy gray, steel blue, lavender and ecru. The end result will create an "overall feel of compelling simplicity and streetwise chic," she says.
Herve Leger, Saturday at 2 p.m., Lincoln Center
The beauty of nature and animal patterns inspired the Herve Leger by Max Azria collection, according to Lubov Azria, chief creative officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP.
"Collection colors include shades of warm grey, rich navy, dark greens, with bright pops of color," Azria says.
Christian Siriano, Saturday at 4 p.m., Eyebeam Atelier
The Annapolis native and "Project Runway" winner got his inspiration from Parisian photographer Fernand Fonssagrives and his work with light and shadow on the female body.
Expect transparent organzas presented with embroideries. "The garments have light, feminine textures and contours," he says. "There is a variety of graphic separates for day and lustrous long dresses for evening, and the color palette includes a variety of dark gray tones."
Tracy Reese, Sunday at 2 p.m., Center 548
The Detroit native who has Michelle Obama's seal of approval will follow an Afro-Cuban collection for spring with a fall offering that focuses on self-expression. Reese promises a collection of "classically modern silhouettes in commanding cloths."
Reese says she plans to use "utility pieces with unique elements that provide pops of personality and spirit." Highlights from this collection include: menswear-inspired silhouettes, oversized embroidered sweaters, fringe detailing, gold and gunmetal beading and lamé and heathered tweed knits, anchored by a palette of playful colors that are tempered by neutral, muted tones, according to Reese. Also, expect accents of metallic leathers, ostrich trims and jeweled and feather details.
Pamella Roland, Tuesday at 6 p.m., Lincoln Center
Pamella DeVos, president and designer of Pamella Roland, didn't have to look far for inspiration. All she did was look up. She explains that her collection was inspired by "the exuberance of New York City's architecture as captured by T.J. Wilcox's 'In the Air' exhibit at the Whitney Museum," which closes Sunday.
Joie, Wednesday at 2:30, Center 548
The brand known for its feminine silhouettes and luxurious fabrics will also borrow from a Parisian influence.
"For fall 2014, we imagined the Joie girl roaming through Paris on a long fall afternoon, exploring hidden alleyways and local flea markets," says Serge Azria, creative director and CEO of Joie. "Naturally cool, her look, characterized as perfectly undone with moody undertones, is complemented by her laissez-faire approach to life as she strolls down city streets, sipping wine at a cafe and taking in the city's charm."
J. Mendel, Thursday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m., Lincoln Center
The Parisian brand known for luxury and femininity will focus on shapes and colors this season. "For J. Mendel's fall 2014 collection, I was interested in graphic color-play and controlled asymmetry," says designer Gilles Mendel.