#NYFW Photo Diary

18th September, 2012

New York Fashion Week has now come and gone, but here are a few of the moments that keep floating through my memories of this season’s Spring/Summer 2013 shows:
ICONS! It is always exciting to see iconic models take the runway. Not only do they wow the crowd with their enduring beauty, but the confidence earned through years of experience and matured womanhood makes you believe the clothes in a way a 16 year old kid just can’t convey. I think the entire audience gasped when Naomi Campbell (top) opened Zac Posen’s show ~ but my favorite starstruck moment was when he sent Erin O’Connor out in that celadon ball gown (above). Angela Lindvall and Karolina Kurkova also walked in Zac’s show, with Coco Rocha posing her way around his wedding cake of a finale gown like only she can (below).Continuing with the trend of featuring gorgeous grownups, Caroline Murphy was the picture of elegance and grace when opening Jason Wu and closing Marchesa (above)… …but no one could hold a candle to 81-year-old Carmen Dell’Orefice (above + below) skipping down Marimekko’s catwalk! She was, however, given a good run for her money by fellow show gals Carol Alt and Pat Cleveland. Current fashion means nothing without historical context, and ladies like these bring such significant stories to a show. Of course, fashion needn’t be so serious ~ and I always enjoy the lighthearted, playful energy of Alice + Olivia presentations (above + 2 below). This season’s offering gave a Valley of the Dolls sort of vibe that had been felt previously in the week at Peter Som.This spunky spirit was also seen at Kate Spade (above + below).More than anything though, I was struck by an underlying theme of graphic minimalism this season. Black and white combinations were everywhere, with an unmistakably Helmut-Newton-esque undercurrent. Leathers for Spring 2013 are apparently de rigueur, so stock up on your Right Guard, girls!

Hervé Léger (above) and Yigal Azrouël (below).BCBG Max Azria (above) and Jen Kao (2 below).Tibi (2 above) and Timo Weiland (below).Alternatively, several shows suggested a gypset-meets-prep situation for Spring, including Sachin + Babi (2 above) and Tory Burch (2 below).Predictably, however, my favorite moments were the high-octane glamour moments. I sure do love a gorgeous girl in a gorgeous gown, spotlit on an empty catwalk. My heart always stops.Jenny Packham (above + below). More from Marchesa (above + below).Reem Acra was a dream (above + below). Have you been following the shows this season? What trends really stood out to you, and who’s collection are you MOST hoping to wear?!

  • So many amazing collections, I particularly love the Alice + Olivia collection!

  • Anonymous

    amazing photos of some amazing moments! for high octane glamour reem acra and rodarte were show stoppers. gotta say alexander wang and phillip lim were far and away my favorites though because they were just so street ready, i wanted the girls to walk right off the runway and into my closet! spring can’t get here fast enough and it isn’t even fully fall yet!


  • liz

    gorgeous looks!


  • These are absolutely stunning photos! And I love how they used older models who are so successful – such a nice change! xx

    Kate {Modette}

  • Sarah

    great post! i’ve also noticed and have been loving the graphic black and white trend that’s been growing the past couple seasons is now exploding. after such an overwhelming, lengthy obsession with color, i knew it was only a matter of time before designers would crave going back to simple black and white (and then they will go back to crazy color yet again…) i’m craving black and white now too, but i’m still going to hold onto some color, because i don’t care for bouncing back and forth in such an extreme way. it represents the worst of fashion’s fickleness and just seems like a marketing ploy. I don’t care to fall victim to that. balance, balance is key.

  • Great post.. lovely pictures

  • Eva Wu

    i love the collection of Alice + Olivia. so energising!

  • Naina

    That last dress is absolutely amazing; I’d want to get married in it! Favorites? Wayyy too hard to pick – Tadashi Shoji definitely hit the nail on the head for me though.


  • Naina

    That last dress is absolutely amazing; I’d want to get married in it! Favorites? Wayyy too hard to pick – Tadashi Shoji definitely hit the nail on the head for me though.


  • Gorgeous photos – thanks for sharing!

  • AMAZING Pictures!!!

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  • dollcake

    Reem Acra’s dress seen from behind is truly magical. thanks for posting

  • Pauline T

    So many beautiful pictures <3 I'm super jealous ;p

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  • Wow! ERIN is breath taking! I do love seeing the first Top top model icons! And the cream of the crop, my all time favorite is Carmen!! She adds grace and fun to the art of aging! Thanks for this fab recap!

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  • Kim

    I wanna look like that when I’m 81, gorgeous woman still

  • I love your comment about how current fashion means nothing without historical context. Excellent! Personally, I’m loving all the edgy pieces that are coming out… harnesses, leather, studs, etc. And, I’m happy to see more tailored pieces, which suits my body type so much more than the boho pieces that have been so popular the last few years. And, the colors that are hot this season are right up my alley…

  • Saint Allison

    These shots are insane!! I’m loving all the imagery- so freakin’ gorgeous!!


  • Michelle Jailine

    can i just say WOW at that celadon ball gown?!?! and dont even get me started on coca rocha! amazing photos! might be the best ive seen thus far of the shows!

  • Erin is the queen!

  • olindastyle

    Love, love, love the pictures!
    Huge hugs from a spanish follower, blogger and architect!



  • Lisa Henderson

    Great shots from fashion week! Really makes a difference (in the photos) if your in front row! Sad I missed Jenny Packham’s show!

    The Accessory Editor

  • Youa

    Kelly, these photos are beautiful! I love seeing fashion week through your eyes. These are def glamorous!


  • Winter

    This looks like such an amazing experience–youre so lucky! Love the pictures! xo W

  • Jackie B.

    What a amazing experience to see all the cat walks live! I love your view of the collections! – jb.


  • Beth

    Awesome! Love all the gorgeous collections, must’ve been amazing to experience.

  • Valerie Jolie

    Your blog truly inspires me! Loving every post. You can catch me at http://lafemmemeetsfashion.blogspot.com

  • Kimberly

    These photos are stunning! I love your blog, you provide very insightful content while letting your passion shine.

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