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Fashion Devotees and Fashion Industry Professionals: Greetings from NYC where I will be reporting on a number of events and fashion shows at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) 2014. As promised, here is the first installment of my series of reports.

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As many of you know, the MBFW is held twice a year. So, the first thing some of you might be asking is, why twice a year? Why not once a year, or why not four times a year? The reason has to do with our seasons. The Spring and Summer shows are held to showcase a designer’s works for that fall and winter, while the Fall and Winter shows are held to showcase a designer’ works for the following spring and summer. These shows provide an opportunity for buyers and the press a pre-screening of the designers’ latest creations and to also see the latest trends. This also gives retailers an opportunity to place their orders ahead of time to ensure they have the requisite inventory in their stores when the season arrives. Ok, now, on to business…

The Desigual Report

The Desigual show took place yesterday, and was the first show I attended. Desigual is a Spanish textile and fashion company based in Barcelona. It was founded in 1984 by the Swiss Thomas Meyer, who wanted to create a line of affordable clothing that not only exuded innovation, but also positive emotions and tolerance.

The Desigual line is characterized by bright colors and high contrast knits. A few are also characterized by black and white, or black and white with a splash of color. As I watched the show, I couldn’t help thinking back on the works of Emilio Pucci, whom I’d met during my days in college. For those of you who are old enough to remember, Pucci’s creations were distinctly characterized by high contrasts. For Pucci fans, Desigual may offer an affordable alternative for fashion forward women around the world.

The models emerged down the catwalk, strutting effusively and in the true spirit of “La vida es chula”; Desigual’s motto. The backs of their legs accentuated by a gold seam, providing a luxurious touch to this collection. It’ll be interesting to see if this set the stage for fashion trends this fall.

The shoes were peep toe short boot/shoes, some with oval platforms and all solid ample heels. Some were covered in exotic leather, with solid color as well as color blocked styles, and zip heel entry.

The dress lengths were short, well above the knee and below the knee, with fabric that hugged and accentuated the female form. If you’ve got a figure, a Desigual dress will definitely show it off. The mohair mini skirt with a graduated color band fading into each other was an interesting counterpoint to the traditional wool skirt. And the graphic print knit blouse provided a nice complement. For a fall/winter wardrobe, I found it interesting that much of the fabrics used were four-way stretch jersey knits with a very soft hand.

I loved the integration of the extremely light brocades in the elongated jacket and slacks juxtaposed against the contrasting color patterns and texture.

I had popped into a Desigual store by Herald Square and was immersed in flashbacks from Twiggy to a young Catherine Deneuve with her sister Françoise Dorléac in Les Demoiselles de Rochefort. Desigual is definitely apparel that is true to its motto. For the young at heart who might desire some whimsy, Desigual is a brand to check out. It will certainly brighten your wardrobe.

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Cindy Ann Peterson, AICI FLC is a couture designer and an award winning image and style consultant. Named by the Netherlands' Kleur and Stijl as one of the Big 7 color and style consultants for Washington DC. She is also a co-author of "My Style, My Way" and "The Power of Civility." Having lived around the globe, she speaks on a variety of style and civility topics and reflects an international flair with her Peterson Perspective to delight and inspire. Visit her website at www.cindyannpeterson.com.

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