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10 Vintage Looks for Spring 2014 from NYFW

Circle skirts, 1970s safari & splashes of grunge hit the runway


On the runways of New York Fashion Week Spring 2014, several designers looked to the past, particularly the 1970s, for vintage inspiration.

During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City, held September 5 – 12, 2013, Michael Kors showed a mix of 1940s and 1970s earth-toned ensembles, Jenny Packham presented luxurious ’70s-inspired dresses with Edwardian details and Donna Karan paraded bohemian jetsetters in a desert palette.

Mod remained a fixture, particularly in Ralph Lauren’s black-and-white lineup filled with 1960s Twiggy dresses and pant suits, and in several other collections (like Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim) that featured minimal white shift dresses.

Unexpected vintage-inspired looks came from Marc Jacobs who played with Victorian silhouettes and Prabal Gurung who put a "Max Headroom" spin on 1950s Marilyn Monroe. Marchesa took a fresh approach with their red carpet-ready gowns by adding a splash of ’90s grunge with easy slip dresses, disheveled hair and Bordeaux lipstick.

The takeaway for all you vintage lovers? For spring 2014, think 1970s dresses and safari-inspired ensembles in a palette of cobalt, rust, brown, sand, beige and white. Or imitate some of these other vintage-inspired looks hot off the NYFW Spring 2014 runways:

1. Alice + Olivia

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A few ladylike circle skirts stood out among cute cocktail dresses and short circle skirts from Alice + Olivia. The 1950s circle skirt trend is hot for fall 2013 and will continue into spring in fresh colors like this delicious mint ensemble.

2. Badgley Mischka

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Mark Badgley and James Mischka always look to vintage glamour for inspiration. This time, they looked to 1920s French Riviera photos by Jacques Henri Lartigue to create a luxe collection of shimmery ’20s- and ’30s-inspired gowns in pastels and aquamarine hues.

3. Prabal Gurung

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With Marilyn Monroe as his muse, Gurung presented mid-century silhouettes in pastels, like these perfectly cut cigarette pants paired with an easy blouse with slick sheen. Electric pink lips and graphic sunglasses offer a fun futuristic ’80s touch of "Max Headroom."

4. Marc Jacobs

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Jacobs’s late 19th century silhouettes are a stark departure from the typical springy, all-white ensembles seen on this season’s runways. He went dark with black, oxblood and deep greens. And Victorian. Tassels, oversized shoulders and high collars in black lace conjure fall more than spring, but the effect is memorable.

5. Donna Karan

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In cobalt blue, cayenne, taupe and burnt umber, Donna Karan’s collection could outfit any jetsetter headed for the Sonoran Desert or Sahara sands. Crushed floppy hats, belted T-shirt dresses and easy one-shoulder maxis create a cool, 1970s global vibe.

6. Michael Kors

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The all-American designer mixed 1940s elements with the 1970s and explained his inspiration to Joan Rivers on E’s “Fashion Police”: “A little Katharine Hepburn, a little Lauren Hutton. I like strong women. I like women with an opinion.” Kors’s flowing dresses and exaggerated wide-legged pants in browns, blues, greens and taupes, indeed, looked strong yet accessible.

7. Ralph Lauren

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The entire collection of black-and-white mod ensembles seemed lifted from Twiggy’s 1960s closet in London, including Nehru neckline blouses, double-breasted pants suits, graphic mini shift dresses and oversized white sunglasses. The execution was classic, yet fresh, young and sellable.

8. Marchesa

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Red carpet glam defines Marchesa’s designs. But this season, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig presented more relaxed silhouettes injected with a tiny dose of 1990s Courtney Love grunge, like this satin slip dress embellished with Chantilly lace and shredded tulle and styled with disheveled hair and Bordeaux lips.

9. Jenny Packham

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Packham’s inspiration came from the 1975 Australian film "Picnic at Hanging Rock" by Peter Weir that's set at an Edwardian-era boarding school. Her flowing dresses in slate blue, cobalt, chartreuse and pale grays have a 1970s Halston feel, yet also have early 20th century touches like high collars, sheer embellished necklines and demure pussy bow neckties.

10. Diane von Furstenberg

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Leave it to DVF, who defined 1970s fashion, to incorporate several Me Decade trends into her collection like black-and-white graphics, safari looks, animal prints, bright flowing caftans and disco-era metallics.
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