Trend Report: New York Fashion Week Recap

It’s the final day of New York Fashion Week and we’re sad to see it go!  And even though summer just ended, the new collections have us excited to start dressing for spring again.  Check out 10 trends that are sure to dominate the spring season.

Florals were everywhere this season, gracing runways from J. Crew to J. Mendel.  Bolder than before, all-over prints and mixed floral patterns are going to be huge for spring.

The midriff made its first appearance this summer and isn’t going anywhere fast.  Belly bearing is here to stay, as seen in collections from Marc by Marc Jacobs to this season’s surprisingly edgy Jason Wu.  

Orange you glad you stocked up on Tangerine Tango, summer’s official Pantone?  Well, you should be!  Because orange has staked its claim as one of the top colors for spring 2013, spotted on runways from DVF to Rag & Bone to Nanette Lepore.

Green was another big color this season, making appearances on runways from DVF to J. Crew to Nanette Lepore.  On its own or paired with prints, green will be one to watch this spring!

Is the reign of the skinny pant coming to a close?  High-waisted, loose-fitting pants were a runway staple this season, seen in Marc by Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang, and DVF, especially in bright colors.

Patterns and prints were exploding across the runway in almost every collection. From the vibrant prints in the J. Mendel collection to the 50’s style pieces in the Alice + Olivia collection, this is a trend that is here to stay!

Stripes were present all over the runway this week, popping up in collections from Marc by Marc Jacobs, to Nanette Lepore and J. Crew. The Marc Jacobs collection was almost entirely stripes! Talk about a dominating trend! 

If it ain’t brocade, don’t fix it!  Brocade is making a comeback, kicking up the luxe level of collections like Ralph Lauren, Helmut Lang, and even J. Crew.  

The harness neckline continues to dominate collections like Herve Leger, Prabal Gurung, and Helmut Lang.

Finally, it’s all about the drop waist for spring, spotted at Alice + Olivia, Helmut Lang, J. Mendel, and Nanette Lepore.

Which trend are you most excited about for spring?  Tell us in the comments!

images via Style.com


Here’s Lookin’ at you Kid

Evian’s infectious “Live Young” campaign will leave you smiling from ear to ear and clicking the replay button to see those stylish toddlers (and their grown-up doppelgangers) boogie down. 

Love the @NewYorker’s current cover, great commentary on the architecture of fashion as seen through one of the most talked-about boots of SS13, this gladiator style from Joseph Altuzarra - they’re a cool $2,715 at Saks, here’s the link … http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446576741&R=403260397260&P_name=Altuzarra&sid=13D8C2A9E98A&Ntt=altuzarra&N=0&bmUID=jSbybau


Tweak The Feminine Mystique

 Fifty years after Betty Friedan first published the feminist magnum opus “The Femine Mystique”, the fashion world has adopted a very ‘mod’ sense of femininity.

The accessories line-up for spring '13 is a cache of what should be ladylike classics- kitten heels, statement jewels, varsity jackets and grecian sandals- but all designed with very un-lady twists. Although set against a powdery-pink boudoir backdrop, the shoes and accessories possess a much louder and much bolder modern appeal.

Kitten heels by Louis Vuitton, Dries Van Noten, Oscar de la renta and Marc Jacobs are designed with mod graphic designs and bold contrasting hues.

The jewelry (Solange Azagury-Partridge, Delfina Delettrez,Ralph Lauren, Cartier,James de Givenchy for Taffin)  is more cartoonish, surreal and edgy than Old Hollywood glamour.

The varsity jackets for spring (Just Cavalli jacket, Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons sneaker, Reed Krakoff jacketBurberry Prorsum jacket, are Madonna meets Parisian Chic. These jackets are silky, luxe and almost sinful and they  don’t have that  Wonder-Bread association that the Letterman jackets worn by girls like Sandra Dee who were “ going steady” with their jock boyfriends.

The spring “Bootdal”,  the Grecian sandal boots that graced the runways (Ancient Greek Sandals for Marios Schwab shoes Chanel sandals) are so hardcore and subversive-with s&m leanings, with varied size cutouts, fringe, alternating thickness in the straps and an overload of hardware-  that they make the Spartans preferred footwear look like child’s play. Think Barbarella meets Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra….

Lastly Lucite jewelry and transparent accents (Chanel bracelet,Valentino clutch, Michael Kors bracelet, Gucci clutch, Valentino bracelet,  Chanel bracelet,  Michael Kors shoe,  Patricia von Musulin bracelet, Bergdorf GoodmanChanel bracelet, Charlotte Olympia clutch, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci shoe) add a futuristic, mod twist that is at once, playful, unexpected and very gutsy.

 And all in all, Betty Friedan would perhaps approve of the audacious, rebellious and insouciant offerings of Spring..Frou Frou has just turned Fierce.

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Shay Mitchell talks Spring trends at West Hollywood’s Beckley


State of Love and Trust and Theory

Thysken’s theory pre-fall 2013 rtw

Anna Wintour openly revealed her utter disdain  (then again when has she ever held back her utter disdain of anything?) for the “awful grunge period”.  She bashed the trend that was heavy on plaid flannel shirts and light on girlish sensibilities in the recently aired HBO Documentary “In Vogue: the editor’s eye” . She also made a statement to the effect of and I am paraphrasing here…that she hoped there would never be another “grunge period” again. Well much to the dismay of the style svengali herself- who can sway the creative direction of a designer with just the bat of an eyelash or the point of a carefully manicured digit-2013 has brought grunge back to the runways with an aplomb. So Anna had better just deal with it or wear darker sunglasses because pearl jam’s style legacy is not going down without a disheveled fight. Thysken’s theory chose grunge as it’s running motif throughout it’s pre fall collection. A Utalitarian, military-style khaki wrap skort/ booty-cape that reaches the floor and has absolutely no function except to add another schlumpy layer (it’s worn over dark jeans) is so quintessentially grunge it can practically represent the era of teen spirit. Layers, washed out tye-dye, cropped long-sleeved belly-sweaters,slouchy silhouettes, faded denim and plaid trenches make theory’s pre fall collection an Even Flow of anti-establishment, sartorial angst.

The pixelated, trippy background only adds flame to fire and further compounds the tripped out “grunge” effect.

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