September 6th, proved to be a big day for fashion in New York City. Not only was it the date for several different fashion shows but it was also Fashion’s Night Out, the worldwide event that celebrates fashion. Even Metro Detroit participated in FNO with shopping centers in Birmingham, Ann Arbor, and Troy, among many others, staying open late and hosting activities. I celebrated FNO by working a closing shift, but I digress. In all seriousness, New York was definitely the place to be September 6th. From Darren Criss sharing Anna Wintour’s signing table at Saks, Karlie Kloss at Bergdorf and Goodman, handing out a batch of “Karlie’s Kookies”, and the Empire State Building being lit red in honor of the FNO festivities, the night was definitely a success and a great start to NYFW.
Although Fashion’s Night Out was responsible for a majority of the excitement on September 6th, let’s not forget about other important events that took place that day: the runway shows. BCBG Max Azria, Creatures Of The Wind, and Peter Som all showed their spring/summer 2013 collections and they did not disappoint.
(BCBG Max Azria, SS2013 RTW)
Leather was used generously throughout the BCBG Max Azria SS2013 collection and was most evident in the harness pieces that adorned many of the looks. The mix of hard and soft, which is already appearing to be a strong trend for spring, also played a prominent role. The color palette, including the prints, remained mostly neutral but also contained hints of corals and powder blue. Overall, the line was very strong and cohesive and perfect for spring..
(Creatures Of The Wind, SS2013 RTW)
Creatures Of The Wind managed to create a sellable and wearable collection will still staying true to their artistic vision. Creatures Of The Wind has always been for the girl who is willing to stand out and let her clothes speak for themselves, and this collection is no exception to this. Interesting fabrics were paired with numerous prints and silhouette styles to create a spring collection that was different enough to be interesting.
(Peter Som, SS2013 RTW)
Peter Som delivered a SS2013 collection that contained what everyone is dying for in their spring/summer wardrobe: prints. Prints & patterns were incorporated in a majority of the garments and in a multitude of colors. The collection contained many stand out pieces as well as ones that could easily be styled several different ways and worn for many occasions. Peter Som SS2013 stayed pretty feminine, as Som usually does, but also had a slight urban cool feel to it. Something different for Som, but I’m digging it.
The shows continued on September 7th, with collections including: Rebecca Minkoff, Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, and Jason Wu.
(Rebecca Minkoff, SS2013 RTW)
A little vintage, but a lot of cool, Rebecca Minkoff‘s SS2013 collection found a sweet spot between retro glam and the modern tom boy. The collection had no shortage of jumpsuits/overalls and taking inspiration from fall, it contained many boxy silhouettes as well. Color and pattern played a played a large role in this collection and was used strategically, especially when mixed with the ombre effect. Seriously, how into ombre prints are you? Overall, the collection is very wearable, cohesive, and well, fun.
(Rag & Bone, SS2013 RTW)
Rag & Bone SS2013 was all about spring layers. Sweaters, tanks, button-up blouses, you name it, it most likely had a spot in the collection. Rag & Bone stayed true to their style by using edgy details with laid back silhouettes. The color palette remained traditional for spring but also included hints of bright green, orange, and blue. Rag & Bone understands their customer, which is why they never fail to create a collection that is strong for themselves.
(Helmut Lang, SS2013 RTW)
I don’t personally enjoy this collection, but nonetheless, I do see potential in Helmut Lang SS2013. The collection took a sporty take on spring/summer wear with garments that were structured yet easy-going at the same time. Minimal styling was required for these looks which only added to the “sportiness” of it. Pop colors of blues, reds, and oranges were color blocked with tan, white, and black, which was visually interesting. Overall, not my favorite, but it has its positive qualities.
(Jason Wu, SS2013 RTW)
I don’t know how much value my opinion has considering this is only a few days into NYFW, but without a doubt, Jason Wu‘s SS2013 is one of my favorite collections so far. To say that these pieces for Jason Wu were expected would be a major understatement. Jason Wu showed his edgier side in this collection, and I’m a huge fan. From shorts to ball gowns and everything in between, Wu covered every aspect of a desirable spring/summer wardrobe. Embellishments only added to the strong silhouettes while the thoughtfully tailored pieces only increased the sex appeal of the look. Overall, this SS2013 collection is the perfect mix of feminine and edgy, and I’m excited to see where Wu goes from here.