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Spring Fashion Week preview

September 4, 2014

By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun

Sept. 04--Expect an abundance of blue, a sprinkling of east Asian culture and garments inspired by nature when the world's top designers present their spring fashion collections this week in New York.

Top designers' sketches and insights about their inspiration have hinted at the season's top clothing trends, which will be unveiled during the storied fashion week. It's an opportunity for fashion's elite -- from celebrities to bloggers -- to get a jump start on the latest offerings before they land in stores this spring.

David Hart

Wednesday, Sept. 3, Industria Superstudios

The Severna Park native followed up his Rod Serling "The Twilight Zone"-inspired collection from February with an assortment of garments reminiscent of Palm Springs.

Hart took a vacation to the west coast destination a year ago.

"I loved the natural landscapes and the modernist architecture," he said.

Expect plenty of rich colors and lighter spring fabrics in this collection, said Hart, who drew inspiration from everything from the color of the curtains in buildings he visited to cactus plants.

"There will be a lot of special touches this season," he promised.

Jay Godfrey

Thursday, Sept. 4, at 1:30 p.m., The Hub at Hudson Hotel

After last season's '70s rock 'n' roll collection, designer Jay Godfrey decided to focus on the West Coast of the United States for his spring offerings.

He promises "tea stained ivory lace, suede fringe, stretch denim, and embellished fabrics." It's what he describes as the "Electric West."

Perry Ellis

Thursday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m., The Waterfront

Michael Maccari decided to channel the linear drawings of artist Sean Scully for his debut collection for Perry Ellis.

The creative director for Perry Ellis promises "maze-like patterns, black-and-white graphics, tonal checker-boards and even a banker stripe inspired by a vintage Perry Ellis shirt."

Maccari says the end result is "blurring the line between [work and play] with performance textiles and details that dress up and vice versa."

He added: "The collection plays with the duality of sportswear fabrics in active silhouettes and performance fabrics in tailored silhouettes."

Rebecca Taylor

Saturday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m., Center 548

Last season, Rebecca Taylor was inspired by Parisian street artist Philippe Baudelocque and the use of layering of textures and patterns. This season, the Australian designer was inspired by Southeast Asia.

"Spring/Summer 2015 imagines the Rolling Stones traveling to India and the dreamy ideal an Indian pilgrimage conjures, with a bit of a rock and roll edge," she promises.

Taylor added that her collection is for "the contemporary woman; her spirited life and her individual style."

Mara Hoffman

Saturday, Sept. 6, at 2 p.m., The Salon at Lincoln Center

Mara Hoffman backed away from her bread-and-butter inspiration -- ethnic prints -- for what she calls an "elevated step."

This season, Hoffman was inspired by light. She's introducing a softer color palette that "plays in an easier, more tranquil space." The intention of the collection is to act as a subtle reminder to take a personal breath and to be in a place of lightness, she said.

"This collection is my reminder to self to be light," Hoffman added.

Christian Siriano

Saturday, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m., Eyebeam Atelier

This year has been huge for the Annapolis-native and Project Runway wunderkind and he hasn't even showcased his September collection.

Siriano had a monster night at the recent Emmys. He dressed a bevy of starlets, including "Orange Is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba in a strapless red gown and Sarah Hyland from "Modern Family" in a white crop top and coral ball gown skirt.

The hot streak likely won't end there. Siriano just announced a new fragrance (his first) and his spring collection is hotly anticipated, as well.

This collection will be inspired by the glass sculptures of Sergio Redegalli, according to Siriano.

"I was drawn to the diffusion of light and reflective transparency of his work installed at the Adelaide Botanic Garden, where his sculptures have an almost long, liquid quality to them atop the dark water on which they sit," he said.

Siriano promises icy arctic blues and greens, sharp, laser-cut patterns, and intricate crystal embroidery.

"I wanted this collection to feel light, clean, and crisp; tranquil like a Japanese zen rock garden; modern for today's woman," he said.

The collection will combine simple elegant separates for day and lustrous, long dresses for evening.

The end result will be "something light, feminine, clean, and crisp," according to Siriano.

Stevie Boi

Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10 p.m., Sky Room

Primarily known for his exciting, flashy eyewear offerings, Baltimore-based designer Stevie Boi has expanded his offerings of clothing for a robust collection of 50 shades and 60 clothing pieces inspired by the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

"Literally every day I continue to strive to create something new and add to the collection," he said.

The designer promises a lot of color and shine through the use of Swarovski crystals and sheer and holographic fabrics.

"My previous collections were very dark and grungy," he said. "The majority of my old collections are very goth inspired. I've always took from religion and culture to influence my designs."

Pamella Roland

Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m., The Salon at Lincoln Center

Last season, Pamella DeVos, president and designer of Pamella Roland, was inspired by New York City's architecture as captured by T.J. Wilcox's "In the Air" exhibit at the Whitney Museum.

This season, she took a more an international approach.

DeVos said she received inspiration from "the fusion of Japanese design and landscape as seen in the gardens of Kyoto."

john-john.williams@baltsun.com

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