Fall 2015 fashions are fly on New York City runways

Renee Minus White | 2/19/2015, 11:20 a.m.
New York City’s extreme cold weather hasn’t slowed the attendance of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s fall-winter previews at New York City’s ...
Fall-winter creations by Emily Saunder

New York City’s extreme cold weather hasn’t slowed the attendance of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s fall-winter previews at New York City’s Lincoln Center. On and off the runways, the fashions are off the hook!

This morning’s Desigual show, featuring designer Christian Lacroix, celebrated the world of creativity. Harley Viera-Newton handled the music. Langley Fox Hemingway’s designs were interpreted by Desigual and served as a savvy backdrop and runway floor for the show.

Talk about an eclectic mix and sophisticated combinations of color, patterns and shapes—no designer does the mix-up-fashion thing better than Desigual. The company’s brand ambassador, model Chantelle Winnie, sashayed on the catwalk along with supermodel Behati Prinsloo. Celebrity guests including Katie Holmes and Adriana Lima attended the show. They both wore sharp Desigual designs.

For fall 2015, Desigual was inspired by the creative process of putting a collection together. It’s a tribute to what happens in the design atelier. Abstract paintings, photographs of Africa, a voyage to northern Europe and a landscape full of flowers were the root of their design inspiration. This collection is full of creativity and originality.

In Desigual’s collection, there are geometric motifs in black and white, and multicolored cardigans with a Scandinavian feel. Dresses are structured and dipped in watercolors. Alongside fabulous cocoon coats in true Lacroix style, floral-printed tulle skirts make up the line. These clothes are sure to catch the eye of women everywhere.

Feb. 12 at Ed’s Chowder House at the Empire Hotel, Emily Saunder’s fall-winter 2015 show was a tribute to Hilary Mantel’s historical novels “Wolf Hall’ and “Bring Up the Bodies.” Zombie-like styled models in chalk white makeup woke up the audience with a sophisticated scare, showing a collection of rich and textured fabrics such as tweeds and tartans. Silhouettes simply swayed away from romantic and feminine looks to borrow masculine tailoring that tied the theme together. It was a very modern mode.

Jewelry designer Megan Isaacs collaborated with Saunders in the accessories. There was a delightful blend of textures and materials. She used hematite, pearl and stud-like motifs in gold, silver and gunmetal plating.

Saunders is a native New Yorker born to British parents. She spent her early years in Greenwich Village while attending the United Nations School. Her fashions show her wide-traveling experiences along with her love for art and fashion.