#NYFW Spring 2013: Best of Day 6
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By Glam Editors September 11, 2012
For Spring 2013, Jenny Packham woke up in Vegas. Lady Luck was dressed to run with the Rat Pack in a series of gilded and glittering gowns in shades of sand, cream, and tangerine. With short shorts paired with sparkling accents, sensuous silhouettes, and slithers of skin peeking through sexy slits, this collection is meant for a high roller.
Cool, colorful, and charming: welcome to quintessential J. Crew. For Spring 2013, the brand afforded us the opportunity to channel our inner Ivy League and still keep our own cool, unconventional edge. The whole ying and yang philosophy rang throughout: nudes with neons, half-tucked shirts with splendid sequins, and tea skirts with graphic tees showed how much opposites attract... and look great together.
You're a seasoned fashionista who invests in quality classics, appreciates the global view on fashion, and has the signature pieces to prove it. For Spring 2013, you are the Tory Burch woman. "We were thinking about a stylish magpie who picks up special pieces while traveling around the world and always mixes them with classic sportswear," Burch wrote on her website. And we saw it throughout: fringe, wooden accessories, indigenous florals, and intricate beading transported knee-length skirts and tea dresses from Madison Avenue to Morocco and beyond.
Against a dramatic background of the forest with the sun shining through, the gorgeous looks of Badgley Mischka's Spring 2013 collection was an ethereal treat. The palette of blushes, smokey greys, and ivory in tulle, chiffon, and satin stylings floated down the runway in the form of amazing jumpers, gowns, and even leather shorts. The myriad clothing was paired exquisitely wiith messy up-dos held together by sparkling floral berets, styled by Peter Gray for Moroccan Oil.
Latex, punk, and 60s flair. It might not sound like the typical Oscar de la Renta style, but for Spring 2013, the designer managed to take the unexpected and make it as pretty as we expect ODLR to be. Spanning the chroma scale with bisque, azures, and dandelion hues, de la Renta kept the luxe factor high: lamb skin, leathers, and tweeds were used for Madison Avenue worthy suits, jackets, and soirée wears.
Prabal Gurung Spring 2013 was caught at the intersection of Gurung's edgy, downtown vibe and his pretty, sophisticated aesthetic. While athletic and casual influences were present, Gurung turned to Indian and Nepalese inspirations for some of his more extravagant creations: a feather-ful finale dress dipped in scarlet, and this sweeping, floor-length gown with sheer panels and a sweet baby's breath sensibility. He also fused his designs with a bit of Italian flair, collaborating with Casadei for his Spring 2013 shoes.
While some may think neon is too bold for the basic and too punchy to be preen, Rachel Roy Spring 2013 gave plenty of ways to transform what would be a fleeting trend into a wardrobe must. Working standout hues into blouses, patterned trousers, and evening gowns, Roy's spring looks were flirty, and feminine, without going overboard on a punchy-colored proportion. To round out her collection, Roy implanted cocktail-hour worthy dresses, separates that can be sweet or serious, and cool caftans to make sure her clients maintain her signature ease.
Inspired by a trip to India, Vera Wang transformed delicate separates — like bermuda shorts and pajama trousers along with wearable pieces such as tuliped silhouettes — to the next level with intricate detailing. Clean white looks opened the show, quickly leading into a cobalt blue moment, followed by deep purples, emerald greens, and elegant gold. By relying on pops of color to play with eyelet, barque touches, and ornate detailing, Wangs's Spring 2013 collection successfully expressed her emotion of print and proportion while invoking a nod to the romantic beauty and sensuality of India.
Clearly the Marc by Marc Jacobs girl is anything but afraid to play with prints, let alone color, as the designer sent his models down the runway looking bright and perfectly mismatched. Juxtaposing strong hues with criss-crossing patterns like gingham and checks, the Spring 2013 designs provided aspirational styling which can easily break down into a more wearable collection. While whimsical and light, Jacobs provided a focus on ladylike silhouettes with peplums and cinched waists among his epic mix & match situation, along with the ever present downtown cool factor that he always brings to the creations.
Minimalists — yes those who opt for clean silhouettes and even cleaner color palettes — can get beachy with Osklen for Spring 2013 and still stick to all things muted, simple, and chic. Designer Oskar Metsavaht coupled graphics of sun, sand, and sea with sheer panels, neoprene, and loose layers. For fans of color, Metsavaht also featured fiery pieces in ombre shades of the setting Brazilian sun.
One of the more colorful looks from Diesel Black Gold's Spring 2013 collection, this floral frill still maintained the brand's rock-n-roll edge with an unexpected leather lining. Inspired by skate parks and contemporary art, designer Sophia Kokosalaki melded effortless cool with sophistication for her final collection at the label.
Pants may not by quintessential Naeem Khan, but for Spring 2013, the elaborate, intricate designer proved that he could elevate the typical trouser into something special. Still playing to his elegant side, Khan treated us with beaded caftans, sensual gowns, and show-stopping cocktail dresses in a fiery ombre print.
Affinity for fur and all-things fancy? In Dennis Basso fashion, his Spring 2013 collection is your saving grace. From violet evening gowns with up-to-there slits, to dazzling evening wear with the most detailed of embroidery, Basso created the perfect looks for your red carpet debut or black tie affair. And, interestingly enough, his New York Fashion Week looks were made in Long Island City.
Dare we say that fashion week is drawing to a close? This is the hard part: we've got to say farewell to the fashion festivities at Lincoln Center until February 2013. Still, there are plenty of designers left whose Spring 2013 creations will keep us occupied with keying in on the approaching trends and stocking our wardrobes with fair weather wares. Today, J. Crew made prep pop, Jenny Packham took a sparkly trip to the '60s, and Rachel Roy brought us uptown chic with a downtown demeanor. Take a look inside.Read More ↓