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?!