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Runway Report: Helmut Lang, Suno & Prabal Gurung Spring 2014!

The theme at the Helmut Lang Spring 2014 show was “slouchy” meets black and white. Think of it more as an attitude than just loose, boyfriend trousers and louche, sleeveless tops, as these were sleek, sophisticated staples fit for the downtown crowd and ’90s obsessed. Staying true to its minimalist roots, the show opened with a crisp, white cotton jumpsuit paired with black peep-toe wedges.  Top models Kel Markey, Caroline Brasch Nielsen and Lais Ribero wore a mix of sharply tailored jackets, sheer dresses with geometric seaming and relaxed trousers that could be worn day-to-night.

Design duo Nicole and Michael Colovos called the spring collection “an exercise in modern minimalism,” which is familiar ground for the label. This time around, the clothes were both sharply tailored and deconstructed. Sheer overlays in modernist block patterns, lent energy to some dresses and other looks. Amidst the sea of black and white ensembles, bright fuchsia was added to silk organza dresses and skimpy shorts with tops of the same fabric. Russian model, Irina Kulikova closed the runway in a ultra-chic tailored black and white suit. Meanwhile, one of our favorite highlights from the show was the debut of Helmut Lang’s new line of handbags made up of sleek clutches in black and white stingray that are sure to impress come spring ‘14

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Suno desginers, Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis must have been somewhere tropical and warm when they designed the Suno Spring 2014 collection.  In addition to it being filled with bright colors and stunning silhouettes, this collection was downright cute—basically we’re obsessed! Notable models including Manuela Frey, Mackenzie Dratzen, Tilda Lindstam, Yumi Lambert, Xiao Wen, Kel Markey, and Nadja Bender strutted down the runway in an array of florals, plaids, and zebra prints that adorned everything from tunics and culottes, to A-line dresses. A few of our favorite looks included the boxy t-shirt paired with a shiny, patterned skort, and a white empire-waist top with a blue-and-white floral printed skirt.

Prabal Gurung gave new meaning to the overly-used fashion week term, “under the tents,” at Saturday’s spring 2014 show.  Located deep within the Midtown’s historic Post Office, 38 models stood stoically under a transparent tarp, where they stood side-by-side facing the audience for the entire production.  And what a production it was!  Chanel muse Ondria Harden opened the show in a crisp, white cotton poplin shirtdress with open back and mesh detail, setting the tone for what was an otherwise dramatic lineup.  As a whole, the lady-like offerings were all highly sculptural, and done in saturated hues of seafoam, lavender, geranium, and marigold.  Mixed prints and abstract embroideries on silk crepe gowns worn by Catherine McNeil and Ava Smith, also adorned with Swarovski Crystals for evening. Included in Prabal’s knockoff cast of catwalkers was “Social Media Model of the Year,” Karlie Kloss, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Ji Hye Park, Tilda Lindstam, Marie Piovessen and Alana Zimmer.

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