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Desigual Fall/Winter 2015 Collection

For us, the Fall 2015 season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week started with a collection filled with a dazzling array of prints, textures, and colors. A living, multi-cultural canvas that came to life under the bright lights of Lincoln Center. For the Desigual Fall 2015 Collection, we see a celebration of the many cultures that are brought together at Monsieur Christian Lacroix’s Desigual studio. The mixing of lush landscapes, influences from the four points, and the decorative and pragmatic folk art that influenced this season’s collections, shows how diversity can come together beautifully. We loved seeing the brand’s new face, Chantelle Brown-Young, taking a break from the Desigual campaigns to hit the runway.

If the people at the Christian Lacroix Desigual studio are the artists, then the Fall 2015 Collection is the canvas. The collection was peppered with influences from abstract paintings, stunning upholstery, photographs of Africa, a nod to the historic Renaissance era in Northern Europe, and a landscape filled with an abundance of flowers. We see African-inspired black and white prints, multi-colored embroideries from the world over, oriental carpet motifs, and Baroque tapestries woven into evocative abstraction, all of which continues to celebrate the brand’s message of “La Vida es Chula!” (Life is Cool!)

You can no doubt see the festive mood of the collection just from the photos. With models dancing down the runways adorned with explosions of medieval gemstones, modern artwork, exotic flower bouquets, all presented on printed tulles, jacquards, embossed hair, and duchess satin. We especially love the giant pompoms and wild free-flowing hair, which perfectly suited the collection.

We love the celebration of the unique, being atypical, and self-expression that Desigual stands for. The show, of course had no shortage of celebrities. Brand Ambassador, Adriana Lima, along with Katie Holmes, held court in front row, while Rapper Drake went more incognito and opted for a seat in the back as to not distract from the show.

As usual, the show ended with the designers thanking everyone in a adorable way

Desigual Spring 2015 Collection Show

The Desigual Spring 2015 Collection show is why we love previewing spring/summer collections. The colors, prints and atmosphere are vibrant, happy and exuberant. Since banding together to create the “Desigual by L” capsule collection in 2011, Desigual and Christian LaCroix has continually presented women everywhere with what they refer to as a “happy casual” collection and judging my what we saw coming down the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, they are indeed holding true to their word. The Spring 2015 collection, titled, “Say something Nice” (some models walked down the runway with speech bubbles with cute notes), is inspired by the flora and fauna. Bursting with colorful, multi-cultural bouquets of daisies, desert roses, tropical hibiscus, and Mexican dahlias, one find themselves hoping for spring.

Along with the exotic flora, the collection’s inspirations also included classic English blooms with the Iberian Peninsula’s landscape (no doubt inspired by it’s odd octagonal shape, it’s diverse fauna, and presence of its formidable mountainous Atlantic and Mediterranean terrain), the combination of cool Mediterranean spirit with South American motifs, and the natural beauty of the western countryside influenced by sweeping European geometry.

The color palate included rich, vibrant tones that dominated the collection, with of bursts of poppy red, saffron, and teal, that were all set against the backdrop of jade, white, and onyx bringing to life a vision of The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, and the underwater flora of the lost City of Atlantis.

Celebrity sightings included Sin City 2 star Rosario Dawson, supermodel Poppy Delevingne, socialite Olivia Palermo, Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte, Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether, Vanderpump Rules’ Pandora Vanderpump, French Model Camille Rowe and Orange is the New Black’s Laura Gomez but the most present went to Victoria’s Secret Angel, Adriana Lima who opened and closed the show.

*Front Row Photo courtesy of Getty Images©

Desigual Fall 2014 Collection

As Valentine’s Day is mere days away, it’s truly fitting to write about a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show that celebrated love. For their Fall 2014 Collection, Barcelona fashion label, Desigual celebrates falling in love with their city again with a collection full of vibrant colors, patterns and silhouettes that echoes the enthusiasm and hopefulness of Barcelona. That was very evident on the runway, not only by the brighter tone of the looks but in the models dancing down the runway as well. And speaking on models, we saw some very familiar faces on the runway. Victoria’s Secret models, Candice Swanepoel and Erin Heatherton rocked the Desigual runway as well as model royalty in the form of the stunning Sudanese-American model, Ataui Deng (niece and doppleganger of supermodel, Alek Wek who really has the wonderful presence of her aunt).

For this dazzling collection, the brand stepped away from their signature patchwork patterns and opted for more polished prints such as bold geometric shapes reminiscent of kaleidoscopes (much like the Gaudi buildings in Barcelona), face illustrations representing the beautiful residents of Barcelona (as a beauty lover, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the makeup face charts, something we see a lot of backstage during New York Fashion Week), extravagant Jacquards and Appliques, Lamé, Silk, Wool, Velvet, and Tulle in striking colors such as gold, various shades of blue, black and white, grey, red, hunter green, orange, burgundy, and browns.

See more looks from the show in our Desigual Fall 2014 Collection slideshow below:

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