It’s the best time of the year (after Christmas of course). New York Fashion Week is here! The clothing for Spring/Summer ’13 is gorgeous and makes me want to go the beach. Here’s a breakdown of the first week:
All videos are provided via YouTube, Live From the Runway.
Tasdashi Shoji: A romantics dream. His girls walked, or actually glided down the runway in lace dresses (black, blues, pinks, reds and ethereal green), gorgeous nude, white and black evening gowns (with tulle and tiers) and some fun flowing water colored sleek dresses. The beauty look was low ponies and metallic eyes with fresh faces. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFVqhFFgPi4&feature=share&list=PLY9u6YykLk-CxAS2n9DpmUYoOvc0UzTCe
Nicholas K: Well, talk about a high energy show! Layering, Layering and more Layering. Think capes in muted and dark colors. Add neon belts and no-lens 60s style glasses. The models had heavily lined lids, nude eyes and looked travel chic. It was desert couture meets vogue. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNTdQTBvXiE&feature=share&list=PLj57uJBedZRnGgvaCsUbtaVQskWASoRT2
Rebecca Minkoff: The band Tennis played live music at Minkoff’s show. White is very in for the Spring. Floral accents, metallics and flowing dresses marched down the runway. The accessories were chain bags, blue nails, bright shoes, pastel accessories and studded clutches. The dewy skinned models had rosy cheeks, pink lips, long straight (not to mention incredibly frizz free and silky) hair and strong brows. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjtERXcmoyQ&feature=share&list=PLj57uJBedZRnGgvaCsUbtaVQskWASoRT2
Nicole Miller: Fun, poppy and rocker meets girly. Miller’s show consisted of exposed zippers, leather, deep floral prints, biker jackets and printed tops. The girls strutted down the runway in peplums (yay!), flowing textured dresses, and clothing with a mixture of hard and soft with sheer panels. Oh and mullet skirts are still very in. The girls had dewy, fresh looks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3CHiFlYiIY&feature=share&list=PLj57uJBedZRnGgvaCsUbtaVQskWASoRT2
Richard Chai: Light colors, sparkly patterned clothing, color blocking and sleek. The collection was sports-wear chic with navy and white paneling, peplum, sheer and striped. The looks also included deep yellow minis. Very cool and muted and chic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lJgL6MbcIQ&feature=share&list=PLj57uJBedZRnGgvaCsUbtaVQskWASoRT2
BCBG MAX AZRIA: The show played Blondie, which I loved: a very pretty version of “Heart of Glass” opened the show. The girls wore their hair sleek, straight and down. The pocket dresses, bright patterned dresses, flowing dresses, leather skirts, pants and jackets and sheer dresses were accented by chunky heels and big clutch bags. The models had bright pink lips and black (lightly applied) eyeliner. Oh, and leather harnesses are also a thing, by the way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I43YIPR7QXQ&feature=share&list=PLj57uJBedZRnGgvaCsUbtaVQskWASoRT2
Charlotte Ronson: The ultimate rock and roll girl went into the ocean for her S/S ’13 collection. Ronson showed midriff-baring tops, blue and white stripes, polka dots, mesh accents, sheer panels, skinny belts, leather, white floral bellbottoms, and pattern mixing. Her rocker-chic sportswear was accented by big cross-body bags, sky high heels and wedges and a sexy, but not over-the-top attitude. The fresh makeup added a sweetness to the edge. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jYpDHpyy9g&feature=share&list=PLj57uJBedZRnGgvaCsUbtaVQskWASoRT2
Lacoste: Lacoste opened with all white sports wear, and showed sleek anoraks, cream trenches, see-through coats and ponchos as outerwear. The sleek-haired, barley there makeup models walked down in pattered shifts (the patterns were tennis rackets and white folded shirts), black and white color blocked shifts, red dresses, patterned peter pan color tops and dresses. Props to those Lacoste boys. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wkLyijOIBM&feature=share&list=PLj57uJBedZRnGgvaCsUbtaVQskWASoRT2
Jill Stuart: Super girly chic. Stuart opened with a black lace dress with sleeves. She also showed sequin peplums, exposed zippers, sky-high ribbon wrapped shoes, crop tops, satin bow heels, pleated skirts, nude dresses, full skirts with pockets (love), sheer, printed maxis, a gorgeous sequin glitter dress, a lone mint dress, trench coats and a white onesie. The girls had bronze shadow and long straight back hair. The runway was lavender. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCRKFFNotcE&feature=share&list=PLj57uJBedZRnGgvaCsUbtaVQskWASoRT2
Mara Hoffman: The girls walked down the runway with feathers in their hair. That was the cool vibe at Mara Hoffman. Hoffman showed sheer mullet skirts, bright prints, flowing maxi dresses, tropical prints, cute dresses with cutouts and gorgeous red and pink two-toned dresses. The Hawaiian-themed show featured girls with bright orange lips, blue eyeshadow and fluffy, but straight hair. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y1Y4CHTADk&feature=share&list=PLj57uJBedZRnGgvaCsUbtaVQskWASoRT2
Prabal Gurung: Drama, drama and more drama. The enrapturing show started out pitch black in a warehouse. The first look was all white, silky and sheer with a beaded blazer. The genius that is Prabal Gurung showed silky layers, leathers, red, bold patterns, full skirts, tiered looks and amazingly worked girly dresses (a few were feathered)! The girls stomped down the runway and worked it with clean fresh faces. http://bcove.me/4diz7k5o. (The video is from WWD).
Herve Lerger: Sexy, bandage and cool. The geometric dresses were accented with leather harnesses. The dresses also had pleats, exposed zippers and baroque patterns. Herve Lerger showed textured one pieces as well. The outfits were accessorized with envelope bags. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4FoGfOx-AY&feature=share&list=PLY9u6YykLk-CxAS2n9DpmUYoOvc0UzTCe
Monique Lhuillier: The ultimate wedding dress designer went with an ocean vibe this year. The models glided down in peplums, full skirts (with pockets) leather, water color a-lines, rhinestones, gold with leather accents and sheer and lacy. The color for Spring seems to be this beautiful blue color everyone keeps showing. The models had slicked back way hair and blue eyeshadow. http://youtu.be/Vq5LZlyGlis
Lela Rose: Spring is certainly in the air with Lela Rose. The designer showed peter pan colors, muted greens and purples, pastels, color blocking, bright draped dresses, exposed zippers, flowing silky dresses, water colors, peplums, one shouldered dresses and my favorite: a bright yellow coat. The models had sleek ponies with yellow eyeshadow and walked in ankle-strap wedges. http://youtu.be/W59mDMsmNhY
DKNY: Donna Karen New York, otherwise known as the coolest, most New York ever. The show opened up with an all white look. DKNY presented jean shirts mixed with dressy skirts The sporty chic look had a mixture of tweed, mesh, sheer, color blocking, sneaker pumps (awesome), brights, white and black leather with leather detailing, the original DKNY shirts and baseball caps. (The photos are from the NY Times Fashion section) http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/style/fashionweek/runway.html#spring_2013_dkny, (the video is WWD) http://bcove.me/soxzgnty .
Tracy Reese: The recently famed Tracy Reese (designer of Michelle Obama’s dress at DNC) presented stellar graphics of contrasting city and nature shots as her background for the S/S ’13 show. She showed brights oranges and yellows, neutrals, nude, mesh, colored blazers, pleats, scallop trim (yay!), sheer, neons, leather, metallics and white. The models had curly hair and the no-makeup look. They stomped down the runway in t-strap shoes (metallic and fringed) with fringe bags. http://youtu.be/LRHU0KDjws4
DVF: Diane Von Furstenburg may just be the most innovative designer of the year. Her models wore Google glasses and there were floating glass mirrors shaped like lips. The smiling girls (love a smiling model) strutted fiercely down the runway in printed jumpsuits, tunics, cut out dresses, bejeweled and studded tops, color blocked and sequins, draping and an amazingly luxurious lime green maxi backless halter dress. The accessories were to die for and were adorned jewels and beads. http://youtu.be/o5Rne67m4z4