The New York Fashion Week might be associated with effortlessly cool vibes and casual chic ensembles, but it doesn’t mean that elegant options were completely left aside. For some designers, elegance and sophistication are the two concepts that are at the core of every creation. In the spring 2014 season, the notion of refinement is analyzed both through the lenses of classiness and Old Hollywood glamor and through contemporary and even futuristic elements. Here are some of the most interesting New York Fashion Week spring 2014 lines which brought elegant ensembles into the spotlight:

NYFW spring 2014: Kate Spade collection

Kate Spade Spring 2014

Like Erin Fetherston’s spring 2014 line, Deborah Lloyd’s new collection is inspired by the concept of garden party. The idea seems to instill a sense of optimism into the designer’s creations as she admitted that the new line is inspired by her travels and that she wanted to bring youthful yet elegant options. The new line is defined by chic vibrantly toned cocktail dresses, inspired from both the ’50s and the early ’60s. Pattern-wise, stripes, window-pane prints and chic abstract floral pieces dominated the new line.View more: Kate Spade Spring 2014 Collection

NYFW spring 2014: Monique Lhuillier collection

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014

The name Monique Lhuillier is a synonym for elegance with a feminine touch and the spring 2014 collection was no different, bringing a myriad of red-carpet worthy dresses with a distinct ladylike allure and plenty of sexy accents. Making a statement was clearly the intent of the new line if we are to judge by the vibrant color palette chosen: attention grabbing coral tones, eye-popping fuchsia or bold red shades. Even so, the designer didn’t neglect those who prefer more conservative tones bringing elegant light pastel shades with an ultra sophisticated allure.View more: Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014 Collection

NYFW spring 2014: Zac Posen collection

Zac Posen Spring 2014

A modern day interpretation of Sarah Bernhardt in the 1911 French film “La Dame aux Camélias” was the idea that influenced Zac Posen’s spring 2014 romantic creations. The designer alternated simple, airy dresses with complex, intricate evening gowns that have the power to instantly steal the spotlight. The feminine, floor-sweeping gowns fashionistas have grown to know and love carried the designer’s trademark: architectural, ultra feminine elements which create an interesting contrast.view more: Zac Posen Spring 2014 Collection

NYFW spring 2014: Jason Wu collection

Jason Wu Spring 2014

For its new line, designer Jason Wu focused on “a dialogue between construction and ease”, an idea that brought an interesting shift in the designer’s perspective. Indeed, the silhouettes were more relaxed compared to previous seasons, however the focus on refinement and sophistication was still fairly strong, even though the new line brought several versatile pieces. At times, the designer combined utilitarian pieces with more elegant accents, however most of the elegant ensembles from the designer’s new line were based on the “less is more” concept.View more: Jason Wu Spring 2014 Collection

NYFW spring 2014: Prabal Gurung collection

Prabal Gurung Spring 2014

Photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken right before her death inspired the designer’s spring 2014 creations. Even though the line brought elegant accents from the ’50s, the perspective was not a nostalgic one. On the contrary, the designer brought many modern and even futuristic elements to his creations and focused on bold tones to reflect the idea of “femininity with a bite”. The whimsical set of alternatives presented definitely uncovered an interesting side of the concept of glamor.View more: Prabal Gurung Spring 2014 Collection

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