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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 Part Two

Donna Karan

Casual Luxe at Donna Karan

For Spring/Summer 2014, Donna Karan treated us to her signature casual-luxe and easy-to-wear style. Karan worked languid silhouettes completed with slung leather belts that sat at the hips, delicately tailored coats and jackets that seem to gently caress the body. Donna Karan opted for an inviting color palette of cool blues and warm browns, while a bevy of contemporary ethnic-esque prints gave the a distinctive look to the collection. Donna Karan's spring 2014 collection translates with ease from day to night, making perfect for the woman on the go!

Monique Lhuillier

Effortlessly Elegant at Monique Lhuillier...

Monique Lhuillier's spring/summer 2014 collection captures the sweetness of a beautiful spring day, and the sheer radiance of a summer day, both ideas made for a stellar combination. Imagine, a collection drenched in tangerine, fuchsia, rouge, pure white, and nude. Adding to the collection were three-dimensional flower embroideries and mesmerizing prints. Our favorite look? A high waisted, elongated skirt in tangerine, paired with a fuchsia bustier…it proved to be effortlessly elegant. This might be Monique Lhuillier's best collection to date, from her signature evening-wear to effortlessly elegant daywear offerings…the collection had it all.

Vera Wang

Vera Wang's Sheer Elegance...

Light, sheer, and elegant is the mood conveyed by designer, Vera Wang for spring/summer 2014. Wang opted for second-skin dresses, which came in silk gazar, technical mesh, and silk gauze. The color wheel went from pitch-black to electrifying cerulean blue, and later came seductive shades of yellow and red. Vera Wang's spring offerings are a combination of feminine-elegance with elevated sportswear attitude…these can be easily worn throughout the day, and dazzled at nighttime.

Nicholas K

Native-Chic at Nicholas K...

It only seems fitting for design duo, Nicholas and Christopher Kunz to sent out a collection inspired by Apache culture, given the fact they were born in Arizona, where they lived near an Apache reservation. "We started with a smudging fan, which is used by the shaman to ward off evil sprits," explained the dynamic duo. Those smudging fans were transformed as head-wraps; perhaps, the feathers will guard you against evil spirits. An elongated and relaxed silhouette is sure to provide plenty of comfort and ease of movement. Native-chic might be the look at Nicolas K for spring-summer 2014, but this collection is quite wearable and cool. Enough said!

Calvin Klein

Ten Years of Riccardo Costa's Calvin Klein…

It's been ten years since Riccardo Costa took the reigns at Calvin Klein…One could say Costa has injected the brand with his savoir-faire and uber design aesthetic and melded with CK's undeniable sportswear sensibility. Most importantly, Riccardo Costa brought Calvin Klein into fashion's big leagues. From custom-made fabrics to unfinished, raw hems on most of the looks…the collection had an artisanal, almost handcrafted appeal. Costa randomly worked fringes into the collection; those fringes were cut into the finest strips and carefully woven to create texture and volume. Today's collection was a testimony to Costa's knack for conceptual fashion, while still adhering to Calvin Kelvin's minimalist allure.

N Rodriguez

Modernist-Sex-Appeal at Narciso Rodriguez...

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For spring/summer 2014, Narciso Rodriguez sent out a collection that whispered and at times shouted, a modernist-sex-appeal. The silhouette presented by Rodriguez went past above the knee, short is an understatement; surprisingly, it was done in a very tasteful manner without loosing its shock factor. The dresses and skirts were cut into asymmetrical folds, while tops were cropped and acted as a second skin. The sexy numbers were finished with sheer insets, or were done in contrasting fabrics and colors, which just added to excitement. The vision Narciso Rodriguez presented in the runway for spring-summer 2014 seems to beam three ideas: ridiculously sexy, forever young, and thoroughly modern.

Alexander Wang

When Your Name Isn't Enough...

You might know Alexander Wang as one of America's greatest talents, but across the pond his also known as the creative director of Balenciaga. Nonetheless, Alexander Wang's popularity in the world of fashion has never been so captivating as it is today. For spring-summer 2014, Alexander Wang sent out a collection that registered as a master-study of all things Alexander Wang, literally!

From pleated cotton-shirting skirts to baby doll spaghetti-strap dresses, or boxing-esque shorts to oversize utilitarian jackets. The Alexander Wang faithful have plenty to covet for the season to come. Alexander Wang pays a not so subtle emphasis on his name by embedding it as laser-cutouts in the many leather looks he offered for spring. Now, that's a good marketing strategy. In the end, there was nothing new or something we haven't seen from the designer; instead, we were treated to his customary street-cool style merged with a sporty element that's sure to keep the Alexander Wang at a fever pitch.

Altuzarra

In the Fringes...

Like never before the Altuzarra women exudes a sophisticated, seductive, and confident attitude for spring-summer 2014. As for the clothes, you asked? Striped menswear shirts, straight wraparound skirts trailing in strings, and of course a mirage of leather fringes appearing in dresses, jackets, and seductive tops. Joseph Altuzarra gave his customer a newfound ease and sensuality, which we haven't seen from Altuzarra in previous seasons.

While, Altuzarra kept his signature body-conscious silhouette– skirts or dresses that revealed plenty of thigh and had daring plunging necklines– this collection felt lighter and easier to digest. Since its inception, Altuzarra has been consistent in establishing and refining its hallmark style – both subversive in nature and fiercely feminine, it merges authentic French sophistication with American pragmatism, and today's collection is sure to keep the Altuzarra faithful moving forward.

Marc Jabobs

Marc Jacobs' Victorian Madhouse...

We often think of spring: as a time of renewal completed with bright and cheerful days, but on the runway of Marc Jacobs springtime is depicted as stoic and dark with a Victorian madhouse twist to it. Now, that's a Mac Jacobs collection!

From crushed taffeta and jet-trimmed Victorian-esque gowns, to breathtaking embroidered hussar jackets, worn with elongated shorts. If anything the accessories are sure to be in every editor's closets are the purses: trimmed with long fringed tassels, or the scuba surf shoes embellished with passementerie and dark beads. Good or bad, we have to appreciate Marc Jacobs for always going against the current and keeping fashion weird…"Nothing new…just beautiful self-expression," said Marc Jacobs after the show.