New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013, the biannual fashion week held in New York City that was concluded today, introduced us to some path breaking new trends. This article talks about few designers whose creations will define what the urban population will be wearing next summer
Marc Jacobs is one of the most significant designers in the world currently (designs men and womenswear for 3 runway labels — Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs), and that does not stop him from taking massive risks. The Marc Jacobs Spring Summer 2013 collection seemed to be inspired by the 60’s mod movement. Imagine Andy Warhol and his factory reintroduced in a new manner.
Mulleavy sister Laura and Kate might be based of Pasadena far away from the bustle of New York City, but they sure know what to present at the New York Fashion Week that makes it on to the fashion pages of top magazines and newspapers. Rodarte showed a collection with their usual flair of high detailing and use of non-conventional patterns and textures. Leather pants, silk blouse, brocade organza dress, and fringed jackets — the Rodarte girl is tough, yet girly with her defined curves and silhouettes.
Rag & Bone
DDavid Neville and Marcus Wainwright’s brand Rag & Bone has been a growing testament to the street culture of the American fashion. Mix of sportswear, utilitarian casuals with evening wear, their collection is easy to wear and not just made for the model shape. Loose dresses with a joined hoodie could be worn in NYC or dunes of Abu Dhabi.
Wang turned the basic wear of black and white shirt dressing into a tribal and sci-fi inspired dressing. Models walked with a clean face and geometric line highlighting the centre parting on their ponytailed hair. Clever slashes, cut outs, overlapping tailoring and peekaboo textures made this a memorable trend story for next season.
Diane Von Furstenberg
DVF is the perfect example of a brand that has cleverly been moving forward with times to include the younger audience as their clientele. Bright prints, easy to wear dressing and technology forward accessories? Yes, DVF collaborated with Google and models wore the revolutionary technology Google Glasses which allows you to view and record digital from real time and vice versa.
Victoria by Victoria Beckham
UK celebrity turned designer Victoria Beckham showed a winning collection in New York after quickly impressing her home country. Sister line ‘Victoria’ is a cooler, younger counterpart of the refined and immaculate ‘Victoria Beckham’ line. Short dresses in print that are easy wear for daytime sophisticated dressing was the recurrent theme in the show.
Zac Posen has been known in my eyes as the young designer who was born in the wrong era. Not because his designs are out dated, but because he has a penchant to make modern clothes elegantly tailored like how it was in the 50s and 20s. Elaborate silk, organza and chiffon dresses that a modern day Audrey Hepburn character from Breakfast at Tiffanys would have enjoyed wearing to social soirees.
Donna Karan is one of the leading ladies of New York Fashion and both cannot be separated from each other. The label DKNY is a womanly take on the American sportswear. Denims, white shirts, swimwear, Graphic T-shirts, sports bra looking blouses, visors, fanny packs and backpacks were the noticeable trends here.
Another American fashion staple brand is Tommy Hilfiger. Blazers, polo shirts, knit sweaters, swimsuits prominently in Americana colours white, blue and red. This is the collection the preppy crowd would not have expected for their classic wear to be transformed into. Espadrilles sandals and boat shoes took on a new avatar as well with the modern outlook of the designer.
Hugely popular young darling who knows how to speak Hindi (studied at the National Institute of Fashion and Technology, New Delhi) presented another collection that will probably be seen soon on the red carpet by the likes of Anne Hathaway, Kate Bosworth and Zoe Saldana. Taking a break from Winter collection trends of bold graphic prints in purple, this season the designer showed a muted monochrome based collection with a hint of prints and colour.