Highlights from New York Fashion Week Fall 2014

Mother Nature vs. fashionistas

Models walk the runway during the Carolina Herrera fashion show at MBFW Fall 2014.
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Mother Nature is picking a fight with the fashionistas. She has thrown snow, slippery sludge and harsh cold winds their way, but fashion lovers are coming out armed in their furs, knits and even miniskirts.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is back at Lincoln Center for a select few. The crowd is smaller, and the ambiance calmer and more refined, as organizers strive to restore the event's exclusive reputation by limiting the number of invitations and sending them only to the elite.

"How you present it is as much of a trend as what you're actually showing," said Jarrad Clark, vice president and global creative director for IMG Fashion, which produces Fashion Week.

Click ahead to see highlights from the New York shows and catch some of the trends we'll be seeing this fall.

By Silvana Ordoñez
Posted 7 Feb. 2014; Updated 12 Feb. 2014

A sparkling collection

Models walk the runway during the Badgley Mischka fashion show at MBFW Fall 2014.
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Gold and fur have been two of the dominant themes on the runway this season, and Badgley Mischka was no exception. The designers paired the latter offering with gowns, dresses and coats.

Winter wonderland

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Models braved the ice and snow on the intricate set at Tommy Hilfiger's fall show. The designer, known for his preppy style, delivered plenty of plaids and outerwear.


A model poses backstage in hair and makeup at the Badgley Mischka fashion show.
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The gold motif carried over to the beauty look backstage at Badgley Mischka.

A femme fatale’s dark side

Models walk the runway at the Monique Lhuillier fashion show at MBFW Fall 2014 in New York.
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Known for her wedding gowns, Monique Lhuillier showed her darker side for her fall collection.

Finishing touch

A model gets makeup backstage at the Marissa Webb fashion show.
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A model prepares to walk in Marissa Webb's fall show.

Sharing the spotlight

Models walk the runway during the Prabal Gurung fashion show at MBFW Fall 2014.
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Prabal Gurung is a rising star in the fashion industry, having created red carpet looks for the likes of Zoe Saldana. His fall show offered more designs destined for the celeb set, despite the interruption of a male streaker stealing some of the spotlight.

An uninvited guest

A streaker dress only in a black coat and thong walks out onto the runway at the Prabal Gurung fashion show at MBFW Fall 2014.

A male streaker photobombed a model walking down the runway at the Prabal Gurung show. Dressed in a black and gold thong, red knee-high socks and a gold crown, he grinded and posed with the model before being chased off the catwalk.

Runway ready

A model poses backstage in front of the 'look board' at the Marissa Webb fashion show in New York.
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A snapshot of the beauty look at Michelle Smith's fall Milly show.

Effortlessly chic

Models walk the runway during the Rebecca Minkoff fashion show at MBFW Fall 2014.
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Metallics and separates gave Rebecca Minkoff's everyday wear collection an effortless chic feel.

Relaxation regimen

A model relaxes backstage before the Milly By Michelle Smith fashion show at MBFW Fall 2014 in New York.
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A model hangs out backstage before hitting the runway for Milly.

Chic and edgy

Models pose during the Charlotte Ronson presentation at MBFW Fall 2014 in New York.
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Shown to the beat of sister and celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson's playlist, Charlotte Ronson's line was characterized by separates complemented with elaborate lace, velvet and mesh.

Living in the moment

Models pose backstage at the Tadashi Shoji fashion show at MBFW Fall 2014 in New York.
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Two models strike a pose backstage before Tadashi Shoji's show.

East meets West

Models walk the runway during the Vivienne Tam fashion show at MBFW 2014.
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Vivienne Tam brought her Chinese heritage to her fall collection, with digital prints and patterns depicting her memories of the cave murals in Western China.

A beautiful lineup

Models get makeup done backstage before the Marissa Webb fashion show.
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Two models get their makeup done backstage at Marissa Webb.

Female samurai

Nicole Miller described her looks as "a combination of tribal and futuristic."
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Fashion designer Nicole Miller's collection spoke to strong, bold, yet feminine women. The intricate designs mixed black leather and peacock.

"The show is a combination of tribal and futuristic," Miller said. "The girls are fierce; the hair is fierce."

Miller, who sells a secondary line at , said she works hard to translate her aesthetic to the lower-priced offerings.

"I just always feel like inexpensive clothes should not look inexpensive—they should look as good as anything else," she said. "There's no reason you can't have a pretty print, even if its on less expensive fabric."

Done up

Finishing hair touches backstage at Trina Turk.
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A model gets her hair done before walking the runway for Trina Turk.

Girl with an attitude

Jill Stuart said the styles she showed at MBFW Fall 2014 were for girls with an attitude.
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Jill Stuart, known for her ultrafeminine designs, went for a "boyish" look in her fall collection, mixing furs, knits, leather and embroidery.

"It's a girl that puts together outfits solely on instinct," she said. "She has an attitude and she knows what she wants."

Behind the scenes

A model gets hair and makeup backstage at the Monique Lhuillier show.
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A team of stylists beautify a model minutes before Monique Lhuillier's show.

Celebrating food and life

Lela Rose said her fall 2014 styles were inspired by food.
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Lela Rose's playful collection was inspired by the dishes of Ferran Adrià, the legendary Spanish chef. Cuisine spices were translated in the garments' colors, which stood out in Rose's line.

"My whole life is really about food, entertaining and fashion," Rose said.

Backstage pass

Actress Emmy Rossum backstage at the Monique Lhuillier show.
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Actress Emmy Rossum went backstage at Monique Lhuillier's show. The star of the Showtime series "Shameless" also attended last season's show and has been photographed wearing the designer's pieces.

Fantasy meets reality

Hervé Léger's designs featured touches of metal beading.
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Hervé Léger's collection was designed with a fearless, confident woman in mind.

The line featured cool shades of blue, black and gray, as well as orange and lime. The nature-inspired textures had touches of metal beading that gave the garments a hint of fantasy.

Prepping for the runway

A model gets hair and makeup at Monique Lhuillier.
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Behind the scenes before Monique Lhuillier's show.

Chic prints

Bold, graphic prints echoing North Africa were a highlight of Mara Hoffman's show.
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Mara Hoffman's collection has references of North African art, landscape and textiles, seen in the bold prints on the runway.


Models pose before the Monique Lhuillier show.
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Models pose backstage before walking on the runway for Monique Lhuillier's show.

Outside the tents

Outside the Lincoln Center runways, fashionistas make their own distinctive statements.
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Who needs a catwalk? Fashionistas around Lincoln Center make their own statements.

Red carpet style

Models walk the runway for designer Tadashi Shoji at MBFW Fall 2014 in New York.
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Red carpet favorite Tadashi Shoji brought glamour to the runway with his evening gowns. Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer is one of Shoji's celebrity fans.

'70s are back, Barcelona style

Some of the looks at the Desigual show
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Desigual's collection, inspired by 1970s looks and the architecture of Antoni Gaudí, delivered style and fun in its jersey minidresses.

The runway was illuminated not only with colors and patterns but also with Victoria's Secret bombshell Candice Swanepoel, who opened and closed the show.

The feminine tomboy

Marissa Webb was one of the designers breaking out red for fall.
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Former J. Crew designer Marissa Webb showcased a classy, feminine collection with a masculine edge. She was one of the many designers who brought red to the fore.

Comfortably sexy

The Nicholas K show could contain hints about costuming the next "Hunger Games" installment.
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Nicholas K's collection could contain clues of what "Hunger Games" stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson may be wearing in the next installment of the franchise.

The label, which did some of the costumes for "Catching Fire," has an apocalyptic-warrior style that mixes comfort with a touch of sexiness.

Natural elegance

Color block and fur accents stood out at BCBG Max Azria.
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Inspired by the landscapes and scenery of Louisiana and the bayou, BCBG's fall collection is for elegant women with an edge. Its simple, color block pieces and fur accessories popped on the runway.

Men's fashion renaissance

Todd Snyder sent out ensembles combining tradition and street cred.
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A fashionable paradox that merges tradition with street rebellion, Todd Snyder's collection mixes tailoring with sportswear, pairing trendy narrow ties and knit blazers with old school sweaters.

His brand caters to a renaissance in men's fashion, Snyder said.

"Now you're starting to see guys dress like their grandfather—in a good way," he said. "You didn't have that 10 years ago."