Trends from New York Fashion Week

Color, color, color and other trends to usher in fall fashion.

Text and photos by Cheryl Bemis

Screen shot 2014-03-26 at 9.05.06 PMFashion Week in New York City officially wrapped up in all of its fashion and weather glory. Never in the history of New York Fashion Week have attendees endured four snowstorms, which sometimes complicated travel plans, but the shows featuring the fall 2014 collections went on. As I looked through my camera lens throughout the nearly 30 shows I attended, one trend that is top of mind is color.

The first color combo (and I may sound like a broken record since I have been writing about this for three seasons) is black and white. Some collections were nearly entirely black. Jill Stuart and Mara Hoffman sent black-and-white printed suits and soft, flowing, casual dresses in Mediterranean-inspired prints.

In color news, one of fall’s hottest colors is cypress, a rich, beautiful and deeper green from its sister color of the year for 2013, emerald. I saw this green paired with other top fall colors in the red family, sangria and aurora red. Both colors were seen on the runway in coats, gowns, shoes and more. It’s also the season for winter white, shown in nearly every category by designers.

The most colorful collections were from the Tadashi Shoji and Lela Rose collections. Lela Rose sent down two color-of-the-year dresses in radiant orchid, which were my personal most wearable must-haves for fall 2014. Thankfully, there are plenty of skirt lengths at the knee or mid-calf, which is a pleasant and flattering length for a gal of any age. Vivienne Tam showed—hold on here—gauchos. Yes, gauchos. Besides the fact that I was a little surprised with this look, they were in leather, so it made them a little cooler.

When the need for an after-five or evening gown is on your wardrobe list, get ready for dresses embellished with sequins, beads, fur, feathers or a combination of those. Several collections had a continuing trend: lace shown with long sleeves. Think the drama of the ’80s, sparkle and splash without the shoulder pads.

Screen shot 2014-03-26 at 9.05.21 PMAnother trend for fall 2014 will be menswear. Structured and tailored jackets were paired with soft, ruffled skirts at Rebecca Minkoff. While the menswear trend has been around for a couple of seasons, this time, it is much more soft, with longer jackets paired with wider stripes. I have not seen this much texture in collections in several seasons. Sweaters were embellished with fuzzy accents, fur, fringe, feathers and fluff— a texture explosion!

Now for the best trend: This is the season to buy a new coat, specifically, a cocoon coat. The silhouette is in between a traditional coat and a cape but is a bit more structured. It’s soft and elegant and “in” when you buy one in winter white. This is another huge trend to keep you in style for fall 2014.

Fall Fashion Makeup Trends

I can remember as a young girl getting in to my grandmother’s makeup and applying all the ’70s colors of eye shadows on my tiny lids. I mastered the art of applying false eyelashes by the age of 11. It was all in fun, but back then, the look was very dramatic. And then the ’80s were here and the dramatic look continued.

Yes, looks come and go and it’s so much fun to look back in fashion history and see how the art of applying makeup has changed equally as much as hemlines and heel heights. In the end, it really all works together. The soft makeup looks I reported on for spring 2014 are flowing in to fall 2014. Designers have taken the minimalistic look to an extreme, so much so that it really appears the models don’t have any makeup on at all.

The nice thing about fashion is this wasn’t the case in all the collections. At Venexiana, designer Katy Stern stands true to her motto of more is more and always shows the most dramatic of makeup trends in her collection. This season, I really wasn’t a fan of the nearly black lip color, but the updo hair, lashes and eyes made for a fantastic look for the more than 70 gowns that came down the runway.

Screen shot 2014-03-26 at 9.05.46 PMOver at the Tess Giberson show, makeup artists applied the ever so natural for a downtown chic look. A soft, smoky eye paired with a glowy cheek and nearly nude lip complemented the strong and edgy lines of her collection in black and white mixed with some of fall’s top color, sangria. Other collections that went au natural were Carolina Herrera and Vivienne Tam.

Other looks from Hervé Léger and Emerson were all about the strong lined eye. This was certainly a look from the ’70s, with black liner extending well off the edge of the lid. Think Goldie Hawn from Laugh In (if you even remember that!). And at Rebecca Minkoff, nude eyelids were paired with a strong berry lip. Gorgeous!

The Disigual collection was all about the ’70s gold glam on lids, complete with gold under the lid as w ell. A nude, glossy lip polished off this colorful, playful and Betsey Johnson-like show. Yes, there were more looks with balanced and colorful lips, eyes and cheeks seen at the Georgine and Tadashi Shoji collections. Beautiful models with flawless skin showed off their best features with contoured cheeks, and showed the audience that taking out your brushes and applying a little more color isn’t out of style for fall 2014.

Thank you to Beauty on the Go for sponsoring the New York Fashion Week runway makeup trends for fall 2014. Makeup artist Lecia Harkins stocks her own line of cosmetics with the latest colors for the season. For more on the trends and runway videos, visit