Spring/summer 2014 looks debuted on the runway a month ago, and if you’re anything like us, then patience isn’t exactly your strongest suit. Instead of waiting for the snow to melt, we sprung forward to next season for trends that we can wear now—and beyond. At Milly, Elizabeth and James, and Vera Wang, athleticism was the name of the game, with mesh integrated into tops, skirts and dresses. Layer the netted fabric over long-sleevers for wintry days and wear it solo, come spring. On the 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lanvin and Marc by Marc Jacobs runways, light-refracting iridescent pieces were the star players. Gravitate toward mesmerizing holographic dresses and skirts (perfect for holiday parties) or keep the high-shine material to a minimum with a small clutch. We shopped out 10 spring trends that pull their weight (two seasons’ worth of weight, in fact). Relevant until at least next fall, start racking up fashion mileage points now with these investment pieces that essentially pay for themselves in wear count alone.
It’s not just for ’80s theme parties anymore! Models at The Blonds, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Badgley Mischka, and Zang Toi took the runway in gorgeous blue shadows that ranged from deep cobalt to sheer seafoam. While The Blonds went for the most dramatic finish, pairing the bold color with winged-out liner and a red lip, the rest of the looks balanced the effect by keeping the rest of the makeup light and airy. We especially loved Zang Toi’s subtle periwinkle liner, and Badgley Mischka’s translucent shadow. “I wanted the colors to be very see-through,” Badgley Mischka’s lead makeup artist Tom Pecheux told us before the show. “The entire eyelid is covered with a transparent blue-aqua color, and we kept it very sheer. I wanted to be able to see the skin underneath the eye shadow.” If you’re eager to try the trend, make sure to keep the rest of your makeup in neutral tones, and go easy on the liner and mascara. Too many vivid hues can create a busy effect, and while we love Dynasty-era Joan Collins and her overly glam makeup, we think the drama is best left onscreen.
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Designer: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Location: Pier 57
What was it like: Upbeat, energetic and fast-paced, in large part due to Frederic Sanchez’s remix of Jeffrey Lewis’ “WWPRD.”
Why we love this collection: As the spunkier branch, MxMJ tends to skew young and street-cool (if the low top sneaks were any indication), but this collection had something for everyone. From eccentric prints to ladylike pantsuits to glam sequined dresses to athletic-inspired jumpsuits, the latest Marc looks ran the gamut.
The beauty at the Marc by Marc Jacobs fashion show during New York Fashion Week took our breath away, and it’s no wonder, since makeup artist Dick Page and hairstylist Guido Palau (the ultimate industry pros) were at the helm. “The inspiration for this look was a 1940s-era woman, an uptown girl,” Palau said. “But we made the look more fun, and thus, more Marc by Marc.” And it was, with head-turning, amped-up voluminous curls and bold crimson lipstick. That’s why we got the entire beauty breakdown straight from the pros! Click “See the Photos” to take a trip backstage.
The big hair and glossy red lips were a dead giveaway that the fall Marc by Marc Jacobs collection was all about ’70s glam. As for the clothes, there was a cool mix of covetable daywear, like boyish button-downs, belted skirts, swingy dresses, and wildly-printed blouses. For evening, the designer offered a handful of clever alternatives to the classic LBD, like satin minidresses and suits. Boxy bags (perfect for 9-to-5) and wear-everywhere heels finished off the flirty lineup. See our favorite looks in the gallery!
The sixth day of New York Fashion Week is well under way, and we have your all-access pass to the clothes, celebrities, makeup moments, and more! Molly Sims and Maggie Grace took in Carolina Herrera, Reem Acra debuted netted Oscar gowns, the Marc by Marc Jacobs models worked covetable Studio 54 curls, and more. Click through to see all the most memorable moments from Fashion Week—so far!
Gossip Girl’s fashionable Upper East Siders returned to the CW last night for another episode counting down to the series finale. And aside from the drama, the fashion kept us watching yet again. Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) kept it colorful in a cobalt Marc by Marc Jacobs dress, while Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) brought back a sophisticated version of her once-signature headband to accessorize her Alice + Olivia skirt. For more looks from the new episode, titled “High Infidelity,” click through the gallery. Catch Gossip Girl every Monday at 9/8c, and check back on news.instyle.com to get all the weekly fashion credits.
An explosion of color, paterns, and layers—the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring collection had it all! Embroidered jackets? Check. Brightly printed retro swimsuits? Check. Turbans? Check! There were prints on prints, scarves atop dresses atop shirts, and a mash up of bold hues mixed with faded neutrals. The chunky platforms were worn with equally chunky socks, while each model sported a stack of bangles and a statement handbag. See our favorite looks in the gallery!
— Violet Gaynor