Mary O’Regan

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Athletic Prep at Band of Outsiders

There was no ambiguity when it came to Band of Outsiders creative director Scott Sternberg’s preferred silhouette for spring 2014: oversized, billowing and seriously breezy. Skirts came clear to the floor. Jackets were voluminous and airy, made of nylon and mesh—both heavily utilized materials throughout the collection. The current sporty trend fits nicely in Sternberg’s wheelhouse—he’s sending his prepsters off to the gym with a stop at the beach along the way.

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After-Party: Opening Ceremony Spring 2014

Hundreds of party-goers packed Super Pier, an enormous shipping warehouse on the Hudson River, for last night’s Opening Ceremony party, following the brand’s first-ever runway show. We grabbed our camera and snapped some photos, starting with Opening Ceremony co-founder Humberto Leon.

(See also: Our photos from the runway show)

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Mary O’Regan

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Opening Ceremony Hits the Fast Track

Never one to underwhelm, Opening Ceremony‘s inaugural runway show was nothing short of spectacular. The 11-year-old brand, founded by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, paid tribute to a melange of personal sentiments for spring: Lim’s Korean background, which manifested in the reinterpretation of traditional Korean-style jackets and pants; the designers’ shared love for New York—the company’s birthplace—with an urban-cool overtone that’s ever-present in their collections; and the street-racing culture of Los Angeles, where the designers grew up.

The latter influence made the biggest splash Sunday night as the show opened with a fleet of sports cars filling a cavernous pier off the West Side Highway. Models wore oversized sporty separates in bright, NASCAR-friendly colors, and fitted dresses with thick nylon belts and plastic buckles not unlike the straps on a camper’s backpack. It’s precisely this cheeky reinterpretation of materials and conventions not typically seen in contemporary fashion that keeps the Opening Ceremony customer on the edge of her seat—or, in this case, firmly buckled in.

(See also: Photos from the Opening Ceremony after-party)

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Mary O’Regan

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Yigal Azrouël in Black & White

A clean, minimalist aesthetic continues to permeate the spring 2014 collections, with Israeli-American designer Yigal Azrouël leading the pack. This morning’s show was broken up into three themes, starting with polished suiting ideal for work and sexy bodycon dresses rife with cutouts. Next came the prints: black-and-white branches and geometric jacquard—both intensely graphic and street-style-ready. The third theme blends lambskin leather and patchwork mesh in an array of feminine dresses and tailored jackets—an edgy-meets-classic style that the Yigal girl craves.

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Mary O’Regan

 

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Christian Siriano’s Unstoppable Glamour

No one does femininity quite like Christian Siriano, especially when it comes to over-the-top dresses and gowns. We hit up his spring 2014 show on Saturday and fell in love with his treatment of feathers, petals and embroidery. It’s no wonder Siriano’s known for his intricate bridalwear, which we carry in selected Wedding Suites around the country.

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Front Row at Prabal Gurung

Get a glimpse of the Fashion Week crowd at Prabal Gurung Spring 2014.
(See also: Our runway photos from the show)

Brand consultant Michelle Harper

Actress Zosia Mamet

New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham

Stylist/Designer Rachel Zoe

Fashion writer Lynn Yaeger

Joe Zee of Elle

James Goldstein

Joanna Coles of Cosmopolitan

Model/Blogger Hanneli Mustaparta and Lucky’s Eva Chen

Mickey Boardman of Paper magazine

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Bright Future at Prabal Gurung

While so many brands seem to be heading in the direction of simplicity and minimalism, it’s refreshing to see a collection that practically explodes with intricacy and ingenuity. Prabal Gurung, who launched his namesake line in 2009, provided a sartorial feast for the eyes today in a grand performance at Skylight at Moynihan Station. Models took turns navigating and posing inside a clear PVC room like collectibles in a life-size display case. With every turn, they revealed cutting-edge, futuristic details, from plastic harnesses and unexpected cutouts to floating collars and off-the-shoulder caplets—features made all the more exciting in a bright palette of primary hues.

Prabal Gurung is one of the latest additions to our designer roster—you’ll find his designs in stores and online this November.

(See also: Our photos of the front row at this show)

Mary O’Regan

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Front Row at Helmut Lang

We spotted some familiar faces in the front row at Helmut Lang yesterday.
(See also: our Helmut Lang spring 2014 runway photos)

Laura Brown and Joanna Hillman of Harper’s Bazaar

Caroline Issa of Tank magazine and Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist

Actress Taylor Momsen

Style Bubble blogger Susie Lau and Street Peeper’s Phil Oh

Zanna Roberts Rassi of Marie Claire

Tales of Endearment blogger and casting director Natalie Joos

Nicole Phelps of Style.com

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Modern Minimalism at Helmut Lang

If there’s one thing we never tire of, it’s a fresh collection of minimal-chic dresses and separates from Helmut Lang. Creative directors Nicole and Michael Colovos looked to the crisp, linear paintings of American artist Wade Guyton for spring 2014, creating a black and white palette sprinkled with bright pink, grey stripes and white perforation. Highlights of the show came in two forms: the immaculate draping of each garment and slip-on shower sandals à la 1994. Like ’em or not, they’re coming back, and they’re just as comfy as you might remember.

(See also: Our front-row photos from this show)

Mary O’Regan

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Jason Wu’s Power Girls

Jason Wu gave a nod to the ’90s on Friday with a spring collection full of slinky slipdresses, textured sweatshirts and boxy, tailored suiting. In keeping with his fascination with femininity—especially its darker side—Wu played with the idea of the corset, placing laces here and there, but for the most part, looks were unstructured and slightly slouchy, in a curve-flattering way. The show opened with supermodel Karen Elson wearing a halter-neck gown covered in sparkles, hair parted severely down the middle. Meanwhile, Alicia Keys and Mad Men’s Jessica Paré held court in the front row, sporting fitted black dresses with lacy necklines.

(See also: Backstage beauty at this show)

Karen Elson

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Alicia Keys

Jessica Paré

Anna Wintour and Maria Sharapova

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