New York Fashion Week takes the runway

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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The Lela Rose fashion line is hip, classy, and chic.

New York Fashion Week (NYFW), otherwise known as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, began on February 6 and is nearing its end on February 13. The main runway shows have taken place at the Lincoln Center, where fall and winter 2014 collections are already being shown off. Of course, you’ll only get a glimpse of the stylish threads if you’re part of the fashion industry, because this exclusive event is “invite only” for folks like celebrities, stylists, professional buyers, and reporters.

Reviewers tend to get the front seats, where fashion companies try to win their hearts and minds, but did you know that even the non-models tend to dress up ultra-fashionably? It’s as much fun scoping out the “street style” of NYFW attendees as it is gazing at the runway looks and celeb spottings. This year, it’s hard to see anything, though, because of all the snow, wind, and slippery mud from the crazy weather!

Still, frosty hijinks aside, one of the coolest highlights was a female samurai theme from fashion designer Nicole Miller’s collection. Miller says she combined “tribal and futuristic”, describing her models (and their hair) as “fierce”. Even quirkier, was Lela Rose’s combination of fashion with… food? Yep! Inspired by the legendary Spanish chef Ferran Adrià, Rose said, “My whole life is really about food, entertaining and fashion.”

Then, if you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings, Hervé Léger’s collection blended nature-inspired textures with medal beading for a faerie-like hint of fantasy. As we move away from Middle-earth to North Africa, you’ll find Mara Hoffman’s clothing designed with a blend of African art and landscapes. If you’re more into architecture and the 1970s, check out clothing company Desigual’s collection, which takes cues from the bizarre architecture of Antoni Gaudí.

Featured image courtesy of Nicole Miller Facebook. Image of Lela Rose fashion courtesy of Lela Rose Facebook.