Window on Fashion by Kinue: Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion WeekSusan Scafidi in NJ.com, September 16, 2013
Fall is about to begin in New York City, but the fashion runways at New York City’s Lincoln Center are already looking forward to the spring and summer of 2014. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the twice-a-year industry event for eight days in New York City started on September 5 with over 90 runway shows.
A number of designers used light see-through materials, where Yigal Azrouel’s looks were particularly seductive. Others used white and various pastel colors, such as Tadashi Shoji with his inspiration from “sweet liberation” of contemporary women. Ralph Lauren, Badgley Mischka, Marc By Marc Jacobs, BCBG, Jenny Packham, Duckie Brown, Lacoste and many others all presented 2014 spring and summer fashion with their distinctive styles on the runway.
Shelly, a well-behaved bomb sniffing dog from NYPD, joined the Fashion Week for the first time with a tag, saying “Do Not Pet Me.” Another addition new to the shows was the first runway show by Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School which included a plus-size label. The unique organization, covering all legal aspects of fashion, such as intellectual property, copyright, contract, labor, and international law, was established three years ago by Professor Susan Scafikdi of the Fordham Law School with support from Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Fashion Week, started in 1993 with only 35 runway shows, hosts over 100,000 fashion professionals and journalists each season at three theaters and one presentation room at Lincoln Center’s Damrosh Park. According to a recent study by Fordham University, estimated $40 million dollars are annually contributed to the Lincoln Center area and over $860 million dollars to the city of New York.