The countdown to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has begun. From September 5-12, some of the top designers in the world will show their collections at the tents at Lincoln Center. Some of these designers have offered us a sneak peek of their collections.
In our slideshow you can view the SS14 sketches and inspirations from this year’s “Concept Korea” designers - Kaal E. Suktae, Choiboko, Big Park and Beyond Closet. Concept Korea is a collaborative to promote Korean fashion designers and assist them in their attempts to break into the U.S. fashion market. Concept Korea began in the spring of 2010, and this SS 2014 season marks the organization’s eighth time showing at New York Fashion Week. This season's Concept Korea presentation will be on Monday, September 9 at 3 p.m. at the Stage. “The collection was inspired by the Bible phrase, “The stone the builder rejected has become the corner stone (Psalms 118:22)”. It features a modern and structural aesthetic which is expressed through architectural motifs (concrete, iron bar, mold) and oversized Y-shape silhouettes in tone on tone fabrics,” said Suk-Tae Lee of his Kaal E. Suktae SS14 collection. Designer Choi Bo Ko, who will be presenting his ChoiBoKo SS14 collection, spoke about his inspirations. “Arirang Punk inspires this collection; represented by the excitement of play and deep resentment – drawing inspiration from modern Korean culture through the use of punk elements such as exaggerated colors and patterns." Park Youn Soo will be presenting her collection. “The collection focuses on shape and form, silhouette, and pattern. Drawing inspiration from folk art paintings," she said in statement. Tae Yong Ko, the designer behind Beyond Closet, said “The spring/summer 2014 collection is inspired by everyday views of men working out in gyms. This physical transformation from a gaunt-like state to a more muscular, masculine appearance is represented through classic argyle patterns, and an expansion of Beyond Closet’s “Dog Series”, depicted through prints and embroideries.”
Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer of both BCBG and Herve Leger also spoke about the inspirations for both of her Spring/Summer 2014 collections. For BCBGMAXAZRIA, “We were inspired by nature and modern art. Contemporary art inspired the choice of vivid colors, while more muted tones glean inspiration from the natural beauty of the world around us.” BCBGMAXAZRIA's Spring 2014 Collection will hit the runway on Thursday, September 5 at 10 a.m. This season, BCBG is also partnering with Fashion Delivers for a three-day "Be Chic By Giving" event that will take place in all BCBG U.S. Retail boutiques and select BCBG Canada Retail boutiques from Thursday, September 5 to Saturday, September 7, 2013. On the first day of the event, customers are invited to visit any retail boutique to enjoy a glass of champagne. Throughout the event, for every apparel item purchased, BCBG will donate one item to a regionalized charity supporting women’s empowerment. Receiving charity agencies include Shelter Partnership in Los Angeles, CA, Caring for Others in Atlanta, GA, Connections in Evanston, IL, Women in Need (W.I.N) in New York City, NY, and Women on the Rise in Montreal, Canada. In support of this national event and in celebration of the BCBGMAXAZRIA Spring 2014 Runway Shows, Max and Lubov Azria will be hosting a special event at the BCBGMAXAZRIA Flagship store on 40th and 5th in New York City on Thursday, September 5.
For Herve Leger, Max and Lubov were inspired by “Different cultural and geological references inspire the collection as seen in ancient tribes and tradition.” The Herve Leger presentation will be at the Theatre at Lincoln Center on Saturday, September 7 at 3:00 p.m.
Mara Hoffman said that her collection is all about the colors of the rainbow. “I call this collection "a gang of rainbow warriors". If there were ever a gang that worshipped rainbows, this is what they would wear!" We are excited to check out her collection at the Stage on September 7 at 2 p.m.
Rebecca Taylor's Spring/summer 2014 is all about modern romanticism. "Construction details and trims reference early American workwear, with a hint of feminism. Key silhouettes experiment with proportion – cropped tops, full trousers and teacup skirts are paired with soft, modern volume in rounded sleeve shapes. Airy, crisp white poplin shirting and geo eyelet are layered with tactile matelassé, laminated knit, and crystal-encrusted lace. Botanic inspiration is abstracted in prints, with transparent layers of color. Neutrals of palest grey and sage green are balanced with a strong base of cayenne and nude, with a pop of robin’s egg blue," Taylor said. Rebecca Taylor's Spring/Summer 2014 Runway Show will be September 7, 2013 at 1:00PM at Center 548.
Tracy Reese's highly anticipated presentation will be Sunday, September 8 at 2 p.m. “Tracy Reese spring 2014 radiates sensuality, energy and optimism with an array of bold, spirited styles infused with Afro-Cuban influences to create an aesthetic full of texture and movement. Balancing fresh, feminine styles and modern sportswear, the collection is rich in detail, including leather and raffia embroideries and authentic athletic accents. Silhouettes range from crop-tops paired with full midi-skirts and cropped trousers to signature fit and flare frocks. Textile highlights include geometric laces, tribal embroideries and bonded technical knits. Prints, always a staple of Tracy Reese collections, include mixed scale gingham and window pane, tropical floral placements and tribal geometrics in a spectrum of pinks, blues, greens and ochre. Building on Afro-Cuban cultural influences, key looks such as a bold lapis and scarlet floral flyaway frock with back ruffle detail, a striped scarlet and black flyaway tee, structured crisp white trousers and fisherman-inspired sandals express the effortless style of the modern woman who is sexy, assured and contemporary” Reese said.
Examiner.com will be all over the scene bringing you coverage of the best presentations. Stay tuned for our coverage!