Ignore every preconceived notion of spring, from its innocent facade to its dainty visions of showers and flowers. Brace yourself for the increase in temperature, because this spring is about to heat up – at least fashion-wise.
The Mercedes-Benz Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week, which ran Sept. 6-13, paraded through a wide spectrum of creative breakthroughs. Fashion barriers were broken on the runway, ranging from the geometric-striped styling of Marc Jacob’s reminiscent of the 1960s to Jason Wu’s ode to black lace.
The complexity of the collections added a daring, yet effervescent feel to the overall mood of Fashion Week. Designers vied for the chance to captivate the eyes of the public.
Among the notable collections included Oscar de la Renta’s red carpet–like promenade, featuring voluminous dresses popping with fervent colors such as stunning pinks and blues, leaving room for a touch of class, highlighting a classic black and white ball gown. Hairstyles included 1950s up-dos with a zap of bright colored highlights in the middle to complement the color of the dress.
Oscar de la Renta also premiered their new children’s line on the runway, with the child models sliding along on wagons and scooters.
The models of J. Crew dressed to impress, with the line’s mixing and matching approach. Highlights included pairing a denim shirt and sequined skirt ensemble with a hot pink newsboy cap. The collection also featured patterned pajama-like dresses emerging in eccentric shades of yellow, pink and blue.
Michael Kors was all about stripes in their new line for spring. Their typical formula for fashion bliss included a black and white pinstriped top plus a black and white pinstriped bottom, combining the elements of class and simplicity, sprinkled with a tinge of peculiarity. Kors also featured color-blocked attire for both men and women alike.
Ladies: prepare to unleash your inner world traveler and embrace the bold exotic prints showcased on the runway. Spice up any plain outfit with accessories hailed by Ralph Lauren’s South American–inspired collection, complete with colored patterns and intricate strings of beads, fused with Parisian elements, such as a beret.
Designer Betsey Johnson not only celebrated her rock-chic 2013 spring fashion line, but also her 70th birthday during the show. Johnson models donned neon eye shadow and big hair, paired with wild prints and crazy colors. One model added to the pure unconventionality of the sequence by carrying a baby pig like a human baby. Even Betsey Johnson herself made an appearance, wearing a blue top, a whopping gold chain adorned with the name “Betsey,” bright red sequined pants and red lipstick to finish it off. If her peculiar appearance wasn’t enough, Betsey made her presence known by doing a cartwheel and then going into a split on the runway.
Wishing to relive the outrageous moments and fashion memories? Visit the Merecedes-Benz Fashion Week website for images, video clips and complete designer listings.