Designers at New York Fashion Week put a modern twist on the traditional for spring 2014 by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights, according to sources at color expert Pantone. "This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations." Released to coincide with New York Fashion Week, the Pantone Fashion Color Report features the top 10 colors for women’s and men’s fashion for spring 2014, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots.
The top color of the season, Placid Blue, like a picture-perfect, tranquil and reassuring sky, induces a sense of peaceful calmness. The palette is brought full circle with Radiant Orchid, a bold counterpart to Violet Tulip, and Dazzling Blue, a scintillating, polar opposite to Placid Blue.
Independent Looks by Rusk
Professional hair care brand Rusk will be returning to Nolcha Fashion Week in New York City for the third season as the show’s official presenting sponsor. Now in its seventh year of showcasing independent designers, Nolcha Fashion Week will take place at Chelsea Piers until Sept. 12. An award-winning event recognized byMercedes-Benz and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Nolcha Fashion Week involves over 180 fashion designers worldwide. Pictured is Rusk Artistic Director Gerard Caruso working with stylist Danielle Herkloz on cutting edge runway hairstyles.
Birchbox Sample Stop
Last year, Birchbox debuted at Fashion Week with the Birchbox Sample Stop press lounge. The beauty brand is at it again this year with Birchbox Local, now expanded to two floors to maximize the Birchbox experience, according to the company.
Situated in Chelsea Market conveniently located directly across the street from Milk Studios, Birchbox Local opened to the public on Sept. 12. Customers were invited to makeup, hair and nail services; purchase and build their own Birchbox at the sample wall; and buy full-sized product from prestige brands such as Color Club, Stila, Oribe, Caudalie and Jouer.
In a similar experience, the Allure Lounge was colored by Maybelline New York, the official cosmetic sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Open daily to the public from Sept. 5-12, this space at the Empire Hotel offers guests the perfect place to take a break and get runway beauty looks in-between shows.
Ready to Pop
Butter London popped the bubbly to celebrate Fashion Week with an exclusive shade, The 444. Available on butterlondon.com, this rich champagne glitter is as chic as it is sparkly and is the perfect shade to create a Fashion Week look that shines, said the company.
The brand also used social media to share the trends on Instagram and Twitter (@butterLONDON), as well as on New York Fashion Week’s Pinterest board (http://pinterest.com/fashionweek/).
A Roll Out in the Flatiron
L’Occitane’s Flatiron boutique in NYC offered a night out to patrons on Sept. 5. Guests enjoyed the brand’s cult favorites while sipping on cocktails designed by PDT (Please Don’t Tell) Mixologist Jim Meehan. Throughout the evening, customers danced the night away with music by DJ Kyle Price. Shoppers also received complimentary L’Occitane drawstring pouches filled with favorites like Almond Shower Oil, Shea Butter Hand Cream, Pivoine Flora Eau de Toilette, Aromachologie Shampoo and Conditioner & Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam with any $65 purchase.
A new addition of color and texture was added to the fashion week experience this fall with the New York debut of 'Fro Fashion Week, taking place Sept. 5-8 in Brooklyn, NY. The official Fall 'Fro Fashion Show, themed Gothix, bowed on Sept. 7 at Brooklyn's Kai Studios, featuring original designs by six emerging designers chosen from across the nation. Diverse models and a celebration of curly textures showcased non-traditional looks.
"Not everyone can find themselves in New York Fashion Week," said Valaira Sa-Ra, executive producer of the 'Fro Fashion Show. "We wanted to bring Fro Fashion Week to New York because we cater to a demographic that isn't typically represented."
Katie Holmes seems to be everywhere this year. Besides fronting for Alterna, she is also the face of Bobbi Brown. Now, she is rolling out her own cosmetic collection with the company, launching just in time for Fashion Week. Available at all Bobbi Brown Cosmetics counters and at BobbiBrownCosmetics.com, the Bobbi & Katie Collection includes a palette for eyes, cheeks and lips; along with a brush set—all housed in a chic and trim bag sized for a purse.
Sebastian Professional and fashion designer Christian Siriano teamed up in a yearlong effort. Beginning in September 2013, Sebastian Professional will tap the designer to curate bold inspiration for stylists and consumers, crown the newest styling trailblazers of the Sebastian tribe, and design iconic product packaging, all while supporting Siriano’s design collections through June 2014.
This Fall, Estée Lauder unveils a chic, custom-made Beauty Advisor wardrobe, created by trendy fashion design house Opening Ceremony. Estée Lauder partnered with founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon to create a look that respects the brand's heritage while modernizing the Beauty Advisor's aesthetic and silhouette, said sources at the company. Opening Ceremony took design cues from several elements found in Estée Lauder’s archives. This included the brand’s vintage compacts, which inspired a new signature enameled belt, and the iconic “Rope Weave” pattern, which inspired a new custom jacquard print. For Opening Ceremony’s debut runway show at New York Fashion Week, Estée Lauder sponsored the beauty look (makeup & nails).