No rest for the wicked-ly dressed.  New York City is turning up the heat in effort and effervescent style.  It’s seemingly unfair that wherever the head turns, there is someone who is immaculately dressed standing not only in your direct line of vision, but in your peripherals too.  Death by optical-couture.

Returning to New York for the third time, Noon By Noor debuted its Spring 2014 collection on Friday, September 6th. This season, designers Shaikha Noor and Shaikha Haya were inspired by The Tree of Life, a 400 year old natural wonder in their home country, Bahrain.  The tree is a mystery of beauty as it has managed to survive without a known source of water, inspiring the designers to look toward the natural beauty in the world.  The end result is an implementation of floral and leaf prints in this collection, translating into elegant, beautiful pieces enhanced with lace panels, floral appliques and ornate embellishments.

“Spring 2014 is a continuation on from Resort but this season the collection is more polished and sophisticated with hints of that playfulness from the previous season.”

-Shaikha Noor

The designers envision the Spring 2014 woman as feminine, elegant and confident. She exudes sophistication and a natural confidence in her fashion choices and has a strong sense of self, yet she is also aware of her fun, youthful side which is evident in the way she mixes bold prints, patterns and experiments with color.

Silhouettes in the collection range from voluminous jackets and culottes to pencil skirts and dresses. This season, the designers have worked with a honeycomb lace and produced some pieces with lace and leather combinations for the first time, creating a balanced juxtaposition between sophistication and a sporty look.

The show was attended by VIPs including musician Solange Knowles and Leigh Lezark and featured music by The Misshapes.  It was certainly something that needed to be seen to truly experience the beauty of Mother Nature transformed into a fluid and beautiful Spring line.

More to come.

Christopher Klimovski

All photos provided by Randy Brooke