It wasn't hard to imagine tossing on one of the lightweight dresses or swimsuits gracing the runways during the first half of New York Fashion Week. They were, after all, being shown during the second hottest start to September in more than two decades.
Just as the freezing temperatures and snowfall that accompanied the fall collections in February conjured thoughts of wearability, the out-of-season showing of the spring 2015 collections felt very of-the-moment.
Click ahead to see images behind the scenes and on the runway at shows from Lincoln Center to the West Village during New York Fashion Week.
—By CNBC's Krystina Gustafson
Posted 9 Sept. 2014
Kate Spade Chief Creative Officer Deborah Lloyd covered the floor at Chelsea's Center 548 with real blades of grass for her spring 2015 show. "I love the possibilities of spring and when you see those green shoots come through," Lloyd said.
A model prepares to walk the runway at Vivienne Tam's spring show at Lincoln Center.
Victoria's Secret bombshell Adriana Lima brought a dose of fun to the always lively Desigual runway, tossing rose petals during the finale.
Cool blues were one of the most in-demand colors for spring, and it was evident during Rebecca Minkoff's show.
Charlotte Ronson moved her presentation to Lincoln Center this season, where she showed lots of breezy dresses.
Lacoste Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista drew inspiration from sailing and yachting for spring.
A model prepares to walk the runway at Custo Barcelona's unisex show at Lincoln Center.
Skin was in at Custo Barcelona, which showcased swimwear and cutout designs.
Palm trees served as the tropical backdrop for Nicole Miller's spring show, which channeled the tropical paradise of Brazil.
Herve Leger is basically synonymous with body-hugging dresses. For spring, designers Max and Lubov Azria delivered on that expectation, but also brought swimwear into the equation.
The husband-and-wife design duo were met with applause following their spring Herve Leger show. They also power the BCBG line, which showed two days earlier.
Behind the scenes at Marissa Webb's spring show at Lincoln Center.
Is this a preview of things to come at Banana Republic? Designer Marissa Webb, who showed her spring collection on Thursday, recently accepted a gig at the Gap-owned fashion label.
A peek behind the scenes at Custo Barcelona's show.
Models and showgoers put on 3-D glasses for a series of looks at the designer's spring show. Minkoff furthered her high-tech resume by also debuting a smart bracelet.
Hairstylists got to work creating a braided updo for Tadashi Shoji's show.
Vivienne Tam's beautifully intricate designs were "inspired by the rich textures and vivid colors of the decorative treasures housed in the Forbidden Palace."
Although there may have been some confusion about who was holding which sign, Desigual's cheeky finale wasn't short on smiling models.