Before the Runway Show: Designers Inspiration for NYFW

Inspiration is the driving force in any creative field. When it comes to designing for a runway show the source that inspires a designer is the heart and soul of the collection. Inspiration can come in various forms, perhaps a vacation, an art exhibit, architecture, landscape or maybe just an element of nature. It’s interesting to see what moves the designer or what becomes part of their mood boards for such an important time like New York Fashion Week. 

It’s always fascinating to take a sneak peek inside of a design team’s vision before the big reveal. Take a stroll down below and tell us One Style at a Time readers what you think of this preview before the big show this coming week. Check in with designers via Instagram where many are posting videos and images of their behind the scenes moments leading up to this week’s events. Happy New York Fashion Week. We can’t wait to see what the complete Fall/Winter 2014 Collections will look like. Make sure you check back here, on Twitter, the Facebook page and Instagram for our NYFW highlights. See you on the runway!

“Enchanted” – Alice + Olivia

“Chromatic Clashes” – Lubov Azria, BCBG MAX AZRIA

“Austere Elegance” – Jason Wu
“This season I’m inspired by 1920’s Hollywood Glamour”, ALON LIVNE

“Whimsical play on proportions” CAROLINA HERRERA

“Rough Terrain” – HELMUT LANG

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What To Look For At New York Fashion Week

February in New York has an undeniable excitement. Once again designers are prepping to present their Fall/Winter collections, but the runway is not the only place where the action can be found. New York Fashion Week kicks off on Thursday, February 6th through February 13th and the hustle and bustle has already began in the city that never sleeps. Fashion shows will not only be held at Lincoln Center the official home of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week but in venues all around New York. The industry as well as the internet is buzzing with what is happening during this very busy week in February and with it several changes are in tow. From a cut back of invites, to changes in venues (designers like DVF and Michael Kors for example are electing to leave Lincoln Center). Stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe has just announced that she is cancelling her show this week, she recently had a baby and instead will show her designs at a later date in Los Angeles. So Fashionistas if you want to know what’s new and happening next week, keep reading.

Coach: If you love the handbags and accessories by Coach then wait for what’s in store. This fashion brand has been included in the lineup of fashion week. The collection will be presented in exhibit style by appointment only and will include ready-to-wear, shoes and handbags of course. A sign of the times as more retailers are opting to be included at Fashion Week and are expanding their brand. 

Marc Jacobs: Marc Jacobs is launching a Pop-Up Shop to promote his famous ‘Daisy’ perfume. It will be open February 7th to the 9th and is being called the ‘Marc Jacobs Daisy Tweet Shop’. Here comes the novelty…The shop is accepting Social Media as payment. Wait, what? How does this work? Well if you post Facebook, Instagram or Tweet with the hashtag #MJDaisyChain you could very likely win some freebies throughout those two days. Its definitely a fresh marketing idea that is certain to create volume and buzz for this brand. 

Ladurée: Now wait, fashion shows are not the only activity on the menu. Even Ladurée the french luxury bakery is giving us a ‘taste’ of fashion. They are partnering with designer Nina Ricci to create a fashion week inspired macaron package.  


Finally, remember if you are not able to attend New York Fashion Week no need to worry. Thankfully the Live Streamed shows have made it easier to stay in tune to all the minute to minute runway action. You can just pull up a seat in front of your computer and view the shows from the comfort of your home. Visit sites like CatwalkLive.TV or New York Fashion Week Live for all the live shows.

So One Style at a Time readers, which designer’s collections are you MOST excited to see?

MBFW Schedule





Au Revoir, Gone to Paris!

Thomas Jefferson once said, “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.” Those are wise words and this Fashionista is just hours away from taking that walk and making this life long dream a reality. That’s right, by the time some of you may read this post I will be Paris bound on vacation. It’s every art, fashion, photography and literary enthusiast’s dream to visit the city of lights. I am a blank canvas and only have the perspective of Paris from movies, books, photography and of course its fashion. Now its time to put all this together with a visit to the land of Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent and of course the obligatory visit to the famous Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. I am ready to add some colorful brushstrokes and dimension to the canvas of french memories ahead. 

One Style at a Time will be on a brief hiatus during its Holiday but promises to return with more Fashion, Style, Trends and Shopping tips. Don’t forget that New York Fashion Week continues on in our absence now through Thursday, September 12th. So make sure you continue to view the up and coming collections by designers like: Carolina Herrera, Angel Sanchez, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs among many others.  In the meantime if you have missed any of our recent blog posts, here are some recommendations for you to visit or even revisit.
NYFW: Sneak Peek: Designer sketches for NYFW Spring/Summer 2014 Collections 

FAB 5: Fab Michael Kors finds for fall

NYFW: S/S 2014 Runway Trend alerts, Days 1-3

Until next time Fashion readers…A bientôt!


New York Fashion Week is in full swing. The race to attend or watch live stream shows is non-stop. As expected the Social Media flood gates have opened and there is an inundation of fashion information overload. Here at One Style at a Time we are going to keep it quick & simple and are bringing you a recap of days 1-3 of Fashion Week. Are you wondering what has been trending on the runway so far? Here are some trend alerts you may want to keep in mind next Spring/Summer. 

  • Black and White 
  • Sparkle
  • Sheer overlays
  • Florals 
  • Pastels
  • Whites
  • Neutrals
  • Cutouts
  • Orange 

Fashion readers what are your favorite collections so far? From our choices do you have any that you absolutely love? Scroll on and leave us a comment to tell us which looks stole your attention. We love hearing your thoughts fellow Fashion Dolls. 

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According to Pantone “Blue” is the color of Spring 2014.