NYFW Sept. 10th & 11th

September 10th, was the fifth official day of NYFW. From 60’s inspiration, minimalism, and hot spring trends, September 10th, was a day of big names in the fashion industry. Marc Jacobs, The Row, Pierre Balmain, and Wes Gordon, among many others, all showed their collections and were all successful in doing so.

(Marc Jacobs, SS2013 RTW)

I’ve noticed that the reactions toward Marc Jacobs, can be kind of mixed, however, he  has always been one of my favorite designers. In my opinion, the man can do no wrong, so yes, I guess I’m somewhat biased towards him. I immediately fell in love with the Edie Sedgwick vibe of his SS2013 collection. Mod, 60’s, black and white, and stripes. I mean, come on, what more could I want? Despite my bias though, I think a majority of people will agree that this collection is quite striking. From the styling which included strong cat liner and heavy side-swept bangs, to the color palette and silhouettes which remained mostly neutral and straight, Jacobs SS2013 collection has a strong view-point. The looks are sexy in a way that is unexpected and intellectually stimulating.

(The Row, SS2013 RTW)

Still fresh off their CFDA win, The Row, designers Mary- Kate and Ashley Olsen, presented a SS2013 collection that was true to their design aesthetic. The Olsen’s took a fresh take on minimalism that wasn’t as much modern as it was classic and effortless. Silk was the fabric of choice and was picked in creams, black, red, and navy. Simplicity was a key element for the success of this collection and allows the garments to enhance the beauty of the woman they clothe.

(Pierre Balmain, SS2013 RTW)

After being pleasantly surprised by the Pierre Balmain Fall 2012 line, I was in great anticipation for the SS2013 Collection. Luckily, Pierre Balmain did not disappoint me, despite some of its minor shortcomings. The main problem I have with this collection is that, it’s really nothing special. There is no “wow factor” to any of these pieces. Is it nice? yes. But I’d like to see this line push itself further. However, aside from that, there are some positive points to this collection. Pierre Balmain, while still new, is doing a fairly nice job of targeting its audience. It’s very obvious who the “Pierre Balmain girl” is. Classic, edgy, while still remaining on trend, are all key points of this line, and the SS2013 collection does a good job of telling that story.

(Wes Gordon, SS2013 RTW)

Wes Gordon‘s SS2013 collection did a wonderful job of combining effortless glamour and edge. The collection contained classic elements of spring such as bold prints and colors, and lace but most importantly, the collection was interesting and unique, which is something that a lot of other designers tend to lose sight of. From mermaid silhouettes at every length, flared trousers, and super low v-necks, Gordon’s spring 2013 collection was full of unexpected elements.  One of the more interesting elements of the collection was the styling of the models, which included a strong lip and messy dreads. Overall, Wes Gordon’s innovation and aesthetic is definitely paying off.

NYFW continued on September 11th, with shows from: Tory Burch, Rodarte, Badgley Mischka, Betsey Johnson, and Oscar de la Renta.

(Tory Burch, SS2013 RTW)

Tory Burch remained true to the essence of spring by creating a collection that was full of warm yellows and deep blues. Worldly influences graced both the silhouette and prints of the collection. And although the looks were very put together, they had an ease to them that was rather charming. Most importantly, the styling was amazing. With bold statement piece jewelry and long fish-tail braids, Tory Burch SS2013 gives forecast to possible trends on the rise for the spring season.

(Rodarte, SS2013 RTW)

Maybe it’s because I just went to the Renaissance festival, or it could be because I’ve recently discovered my love for Game of Thrones, but I’m seriously obsessed with Rodarte SS2013. Finally, something that’s feminine, edgy, and strong. With dark hues such as black, gray, navy, and forest green, mixed with metallic, Rodarte is seriously channeling Medieval times. The nod to the time period is evident in all of the looks from the interpretation of armour in the tops and even the small dragon cuffs that adorned the ears of the models. When it comes down to it, whether or not this inspiration is practical, I’m interested to see in how it may play out in the retail chains.

(Badgley Mischka, SS2013 RTW)

Badgley Mischka SS2013 is super romantic and lovely. Badgley Mischka, like many other designers, played into current trends such as metallic and embellished details. However, they stayed true to their aesthetic and vision and used the trends to enhance their feminine silhouettes. This collection is super glamorous and I’m sure we’ll be seeing some of the gowns on red carpets to come.

(Betsey Johnson, SS2013 RTW)

How can you not love Betsey Johnson? Seriously? Sure the clothes aren’t necessarily your everyday wear and may even be considered a tad out there but considering the events of the last year, Betsey Johnson still managed to put on a super fun and funky show, which I believe is highly commendable. To sum it up best, Betsey Johnson SS2013 is like Lisa Frank for grown ups, but in the best way possible. From cotton candy and neon colors, tutus, skulls, leather, and even cats – this SS2013 collection remained true to the essence of the Betsey Johnson brand. The show was over the top, as usual, with Cyndi Lauper opening the show, this runway was a straight up dance party. Overall the collection was fun, and that’s exactly what Betsey needs at this point.

(Oscar de la Renta, SS2013 RTW)

Oscar de la Renta, as usual, showed an absolutely stunning collection. His SS2013 collection was breathtaking down to every last detail. From everyday separates to evening wear, Oscar de la Renta SS2013 is perfectly cohesive. Cotton candy and vibrant hues, lace, carefully crafted embellishments, and latex worked together to create a collection that was both sexy and sweet. A 60’s vibe was clearly evident, with cinched in waists and beehive hairdo’s. However, even with the retro nod, the collection still remained youthful by keeping on trend and adding elements to styling such as the bright streaks of color in the hair.

Emma Klug started The Style Note in the fall of 2012. Her writing has been featured in DBusiness Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Nothing Major, The Working Wardrobe, Chicago Talks, Inexpensive Chic, and The Wayne State University student paper: The South End. When she’s not writing you can find her eating pizza, binge-watching Netflix and working her day job as a magazine editor.
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