#NYFW Spring 2013: Best of Day 5

Chris Benz
Alice + Olivia
Pierre Balmain
Joy Cioci
Carlos Miele
Karen Walker
Elie Tahari
Zero + Maria Cornejo
Donna Karan
Angel Sanchez
Reem Acra
Wes Gordon
Carolina Herrera
Marimekko Chris Benz Alice + Olivia Theory Pierre Balmain Joy Cioci Carlos Miele Karen Walker Elie Tahari Zero + Maria Cornejo Donna Karan Angel Sanchez Reem Acra Wes Gordon Carolina Herrera
By Glam Editors September 10, 2012
For the upcoming season marimekko brings us "color for a reason" — sending good riddance to winter and welcoming the seasons of bloom, spring and summer with the bright colors and patterns they rightly deserve! The collection, directed by Head of Fashion Design Noora Niinikoski, looks to color block thinking in abstract art and the natural, layered tones of the Finnish landscape to rev up those stunning signature prints.
Chris Benz's presentation was the place to see and to be seen at Fashion Week this year. Vanessa Williams, Susan Sarandon (with two puppies in tow), The Rivers mother-daughter duo were all in attendance to praise the illustrious designer. The collection was nothing short of exquisite, taking major risks with unlikely combinations: a yellow carnation blazer paired with a cotton seagrass dress, woodsy jewels (from his The Woods for Chris Benz line) against a poppy charmeuse and net tee. For these crazy-cool pairings, we tip our hats to this pink-haired artist.
Inspired by the 50s, the new Alice + Olivia line was dainty with that slight Stacey Bendett edge. The baby pinks, pastel yellows and blues oozed optimism and just made us feel downright happy. And her bags and shoes added the perfect finishes touches to the gorgeous bustiers and floor length skirts, and dresses that ranged in occasion and personality. The cupcakes, mini frozen magnum bars and adorable cocktails were a nice touch too!
Not many surprises today at Oliver Theysken's Theory runway show: his gorgeous masculine-gone-feminine black pantsuits and jackets were streamlined and beautifully tailored as ever. Some stunning white pieces and a light aqua, embellished floor length dress were particularly supple and beautiful amidst the virile line. Put in a women in Theysken's theory, and they'll be sure to wow the boardroom.
Although heavy in 1950's inspired peplum with a voluminous twist, black-and-white combos (trending for Spring 2013) with bright color pops, and full skirts to compliment nearly any frame, this leather-on-leather look for Pierre Balmain was a sure standout. The sleeveless top and cropped pant are embossed with some pretty great hardware, and of course, the sunny color is eye-catching. It's a great blend of happy-go-lucky meets rocker chic.
Welcome to the wonderful (sea)world of Joy Cioci Spring 2013. During today's presentation at The Box at Lincoln Center, Cioci — who just started her namesake line two years ago — presented vintage-inspired head ware, blues of every kind, and delicate short sets, all in an ode to synchronized swimming circa 1930.
Regal meets roar is Carlos Miele for Spring 2013. The Brazilian designer infused his latest collection with bombshell worthy gowns that added extra layers of spice to his canary and emerald designs with stone embellishments, feline patterns, and a dash of fringe.
Karen Walker Spring 2013 took us on a coming-of-age tale of boy-meets-girl, circa 1950. The cutesy collection gave us sweet silhouettes, rounded colors, and vintage prints that looked quirky — and comfy — enough to add a big "bang" to your casual archives.
Ombre? Check. Tropical prints? Of course. Bold shades of blue? Absolutely. Elie Tahari took us to 1950s Palm Springs (much like Karen Walker's 50s flashback), but gave us more cocktail than cute. And, hitting every trend projection for next season, Tahari's 16-look collection included this monochromatic look, with accent color and all.
Neoprene is a necessity for any sporty-meets-chic connoisseur. Zero + Maria Cornejo, is no exception. With her usual asymmetric aesthetic in tow, Cornejo parlayed a black and white landscape into easy, yet structured shapes, some with an abstract graffiti print in shades of red, blue, and gray.
Donna Karan's sophisticated namesake line — older sister to DKNY — was a dreamy trip for Spring 2013. Full of soft hues, weightless fabrics, and an unmistakeable ethereal feel, Karan presented her "Sunrise, Sunset," inspired by the calm "awe of coming into the city" when looking at the concrete jungle from the outside in.
Geography and gowns. Architecture and appliqués. Science and beauty. Such is the world of contemporary designs by Angel Sanchez. For Spring 2013, he built looks at the intersection of two seemingly different worlds — and, it's expected from a man who got his start designing buildings, not evening wear. Fond of color, Sanchez crafted cocktail to couture-worthy creations in cobalts, citrines, and cremes.
Reem Acra took an unexpected turn with her Spring 2013 collection, opting to focus on separates with a hint of her well-known evening wear. Given her inspiration — Aaron Young and his motorcycles — the youthful emotion made perfect sense. Laser cut-out designs on sheaths played well with tailored waists, while sleek fabric kept the somewhat edgy collection still feeling girly and light.
Wes Gordon's Spring 2013 woman is a "high priestess" that melds fall fashion with lighter, springier moods. Drawing inspiration from tarot cards and with an underlying sinister feel, Gordon used vibrant reds and standout aquas to create powerful, sultry looks that are as hypnotizing as they are haute. To top off the 26-year-old's collection, he featured stilettos made in collaboration with Manolo Blahnik.
Carolina Herrera's Spring 2013 was nothing short of the dainty, delicate, and ultra feminine looks we fall in love with from her time and time again. A simple, pulled back 'do from Orlando Pita and rich smokey eyes from MAC complimented Herrera's latest aesthetic: we swooned for her use of tangerine in striped, tea-length skirts, structured blazers over frilly skirts, and modern maxis elevated beyond the beach with geometric patterns. The print in this short set could be seen throughout the collection in floor-length gowns, and full skirts.
We experienced our first digital runway of the season this morning thanks to Pierre Balmain, the secondary line to the designer's namesake line, and ended with Zero Maria Cornejo, the Chilean designer who's been making waves in NYC since 1998. In between were staples from Theory, regal looks from Reem Acra, and some fun styles from Chris Benz's hot-pink-haired head. Check them out!
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