Pretty pastels and mixed prints reigned at Peter Som Spring 2013. Escalating from soft, dreamy shades of powder blue and barely-there pinks to jacquard leopard prints and nearly-neon herringbone, Som's playful course was balanced out with sweet.
Ormond Gigli's iconic photograph "Girls in Windows" inspires the technicolor hues and confetti colors of Kate Spade's newest collection. Bright pink and cobalt blue are counterbalanced beautifully with pastels like mint cream, and fun florals, bold graphics, and wild prints give Spade's solids a poignant accent of edge.
Noon by Noor became the first Persian Gulf-based label to show at New York Fashion Week, and with the stellar Spring looks from cousins Noor al-Khalifa and Haya al-Khalifa, we hope it won't be the last. The duo dominated with sophisticated satin gowns that elegantly caressed the human form, and gave us a hue-filled look into Middle Eastern flair with nectarines, nudes, and neons, like this winning red-carpet look.
Set in the Victorian-esque ballroom of the Jane St. Hotel, the Behnaz Serapfour show exuded a classic elegance to match its stunning location. The standouts look was the final piece — a black art nouveau embroidered mesh top with a chartreuse floor length skirt of silk crepe and satin.
Helmut Newton seems to have made the sartorial rounds for Spring 2013, as designer Jason Wu is one of the latest to cite the photographer's black and white photos as inspiration for his new, sexy collection. Also on trend: leather for spring and summer. If executed right, like Wu did with this equally sweet and sassy skirt, leather can be light enough: pair a high-waisted leather trouser with bright pink lace like a look later in the
Hold your heads, and your hoods, high. Yigal Azrouel Spring 2013 presented strong, linear looks that upped the minimalist approach with inspiration from a religious habits — nuns, anyone? This boxy dress kept to a more traditional hooded style and is quintessential Azrouel: no bells and whistles, just simplicity at its sleekest.
When you want to feel like a woman, when you want to feel sexy, there is only one thing to keep in mind: Cushnie et Ochs. The Spring 2013 collection from pair Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs is all about a tight fit that still manages to be tailored. What's a body-hugging silhouette if it doesn't have a touch of structure? When paired with an amazing spring color, like this bright turquoise, head-turning is bound to occur. Plus, the
Ombre took on new form thanks to Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2013. Inspired by 1950s and 60s California captures from iconic photographer Slim Aarons, Minkoff took us on a journey west with laid-back, leisure looks that played up flirty florals, plaid, and a bit of biker chic.
Lulu Frost is all about electrifying and exciting any outfit with stacks on stacks on stacks of killer jewelry. Forget a statement piece — designer Lisa Salzer's vintage-inspired "Let's Bring It Back" collection featured bold bangles, baubles, and brooches, a la Elsa Schiparelli for pieces (plural) that will make you the statement.
Sometimes, all you need is a good pop... of color. Spring 2013 can stick to the basics, thanks to Helmut Lang, but playing up the line's geometric patterns and abstract prints with shades of blue and tangerine add an eye-catching component. Mixing in leather strips and sheer panels that do away with totally bare skin is a new way to rework the cutout craze.
Shorts can be a serious style statement when they are taken outside of the expected jean genre and interpreted with soft, flowy fabrics and sporty-meets-sea. Charlotte Ronson Spring 2013 showcased this by relying on an aquatic aesthetic to elevate the leggy style, pairing the silhouette with aquatic prints, doily patterns, transparent bombers, and mesh.
When a fashion show consists of 66 looks, 20 emerging designers, and 8 different collections, its easy to go into wanting all things young, fresh, and new. For its annual New York Fashion Week show, AAU presented work from some of its top students, from colorful looks inspired by the saturated images of Ninagawa Mika, to all-white California cool.
How would designer Billy Reid describe his Spring 2013 collection? "In one word: chic." His namesake menswear and womenswear label followed this course with a streamlined fit, sophisticated linens, and easy flowing pants and shirts in the neutral spectrum to "take Spring/ Summer fabrications and present them in a tailored manner."