Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week:” Common Threads So Far

September 8, 2008 | By Bridget Burns | Entertainment, Trends

As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for Spring/Summer collections reaches its midpoint in New York City, let’s take a look at some of the trends we have noticed in a Fashion Week dominated by a palette pared down to black and white.

Bold Blue: The electric blue that has reigned for the past year is still hanging on with a strong grip.  DKNY, Y-3, Carlos Campos and Alice McCall all used the saturated primary color in their collections.

Shiny Satin: A good seventy percent of the Spring collections incorporated reflective satiny textile treatments including, Preen, BCBG Max Azria, Jonathan Saunders. Andy & Debb and Lela Rose.

Onesies: Jumpsuits or one-pieces had a fairly heavy presence.  Lacoste, Catherine Holstein and DKNY were amongst those designers enamoured with the style that is often unpopular with the consumer public.

Optically difficult patterns: Glitchy graphics were used on pieces by Academy of Art University, and in more palatable forms by DKNY and Alexandre Herchcovitch.

Tangerine Dream: Orange took to the runway in many forms for spring, from coral to tomato, but the hue that resonated most was a one married to yellow.  Lacoste, Verrier, Preen, and Catherine Holstein celebrated this acidy warmth.  The brilliant, light chartreuse that packed a punch in past seasons, is steadfast.

Sea foam Green: Opposites attract and in counterpoint to tangerine, a jade-like green/blue cropped up in a number of collections.  Costello Tagliapietra, Unconditional, Alexander Wang and Terexov adopted this watery pastel.

Check out a sampling of the common threads thus far at NYC MBFW:

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