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Best of the NYFW Spring 2014 Trends

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I cover New York Fashion Week (via Internet) for a client, this here blog and my personal interest.  I try to absorb as much coverage as humanly possible and while I don't see it all, I make it my business to understand the overall, emerging trends for the coming season. Here are my favorites from last week:

 * Loose and fluid silhouettes were dominant but softly tailored instead of sloppy. Structured shoulders and many mid length skirts, dresses and pants kept looks from being too voluminous (one of the exceptions coming from Victoria Beckham). Cynthia Rowley presented a youthful collection that demonstrated a good mix of both.

* It became clear early on that many designers were opting for neutral color palettes with just a smattering of vibrant hues. I like to look at COLOR, even if I don't always dress that way, so I got a little bored with all the black and white.  Thankfully, the playful looks from Rebecca Minkoff and the nautical inspired collection from Catherine Malandrino were refreshing and fun.

* The Sporty look is in for next spring. With tennis skirts from Alexander Wang, 70's style satin track jackets and matching shorts from Marc by Marc Jacobs, a ton of luxurious sweatshirts across the board and J. Crew's varsity striped tees, stylish comfort is the name of the game. 

* Remember when I said I had become bored with the neutrals? Michael Kors made me forget all that. His collection was essentially my perfect closet and chock full of soft greys, peanut colored leather accessories, gauzy whites, chocolate and khaki.  He did add color in the way of navy and lawn green floral prints for dresses, skirts and high waisted bathing suits (Great for moms, if you know what I mean. And if you don't, piss off).

* Makeup and hair were natural and beautiful -- not a lot of crazy here. Rose pink lips, natural looking bronzer, neutral manicures and loose hair worn down or in a soft, casual updo with lots of natural texture was the direction - such great news for my paired down approach to beauty. One new trend I did enjoy was the inky blue liner that extended past the outer and inner corners below the eye at Marc Jacobs. Very cool and something I'll definitely try for my next night out.

What was your favorite look, trend or memorable moment from New York Fashion Week Spring 2014? Tweet me @navigatewstyle