NYFW FW2013 Feb. 8th & 9th

Rag & Bone (pictured above) exhibited a FW2013 collection that was full of some of fall 2013’s hottest colors – plum, army green, cobalt, and orange. Keeping with one of the biggest trends of the season – everything retro- Rag & Bone drew inspiration from vintage silhouettes and translated them into looks that fit their aesthetic. Sleek, as always, this collection also showed the wonderful tailoring and construction that Rag & Bone is known for. Overall, Rag & Bone delivered a successful collection that was  cool and chic, which is what their audience values most.

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(Jason Wu, FW2013)

Seriously…where the hell was this type of design when Jason Wu collaborated with Target? Jesus Christ, the man has grown tremendously as a designer in just the past year alone and this collection just exemplifies this. This Jason Wu is still extremely feminine (as he always has been) but now it is also strong and sexy and dare I say, edgy? The collection stayed primarily in the black and white color palette with pops of red and gray. Along with attention to shape, interesting fabric choices and mixture of textures is what really brought the looks together and made Wu stand out among fellow designers. Hopefully, Wu will continue to build off of this new- found mature approach to fashion design. I’m anxious to see where he’ll be next season and what other fashion boundaries he’ll be pushing.

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(Kate Spade, FW2013)

With bright red lips, big hair, and mini-skirts, it’s clear to see that Kate Spade’s FW2013 collection was super retro. Black and white stripes, checkers, and polk-a-dots mixed with pop colors such as hot pink and yellow were the primary color combinations and created a look that was fun and feminine. New York was also an obvious inspiration for Kate Spade FW2013, as iconic New York trends and taxis were present in every aspect of the collection.  Overall, classic Kate. You can’t really go wrong.

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(Suno, FW2013)

Although Suno has been around for a few years now, the brand, for me, has always felt as though it was missing something; The talent was there but for some reason it wasn’t translating the way it should have. However, Suno FW2013 showed that this is no longer an issue. With a clear message and vibe being presented, I was finally able to fully understand who the “Suno Girl” really is. Eclectic yet still down to earth, this FW collection is full of prints and vintage references with a slight modern twist. A more modest/longer hemline was favored in this which in turn just as added to their charm and laid back styling contributed to the cohesiveness. Hopefully, Suno will continue to impress with future collections.

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(Prabal Gurung, FW2013)

With the recent release of his highly-anticipated Target collaboration and his FW2013 collection there has been a lot of talk lately surrounding Prabal Gurung. Luckily, neither one of them disappointed. Prabal Gurng FW2013 is strong and when compared to his Target collection, which was much lighter and romantic, shows the wide range that Gurung is able to design for. By reinventing pieces, Gurung kept trends such as the gladiator, army green, and fur and leather accents fresh. With interesting cuts, leather harnesses, and leg braces, Gurung kept his collection unique and show stoping. Bronze eye makeup and simple hair, a trend which I hope will take off, also contributed to the strength of the looks by keeping the attention on the clothing.

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(Band of Outsiders, FW2013)

Chic, comfortable and unique are the three words that most accurately describe Band of Outsiders FW2013. With long sweaters, a-line skirts, and slinky maxi dresses, Band of Outsiders was figure flattering while remaining easy going. Sweater beanies (in the most literal sense), a mostly navy, gray and black color palette, fur lapels, and eye/forehead bronzer, contributed to making this Band of Outsiders collection extremely cohesive.

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(Alexander Wang, FW2013)

Holy androgyny.  If anyone was going to attempt to do androgyny, I’m glad it was Alexander Wang. Perhaps it was the use of metallics or the subtle sexiness in the shape of the D’orsay shoes, but never have I seen androgyny look so chic and sexy. With strong boxy silhouettes and simple styling with fresh faces and slicked back hair, Alexander Wang’s FW2013 collection was cohesive and on point. This collection was particularly interesting for Wang due to the fact that this is his last collection before his big move to Balenciaga. While he will have to step it up a notch to be on the same caliber as other epic fashion brands, he’s obviously shown that he has the ability to make a statement and show something worth looking at, which should take him far.

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(Altuzarra, FW2013)

Joseph Altuzarra managed to show one of the best collections as far as styling goes in his FW2013 collection. Altuzarra FW2013 is interesting and desirable because of it’s subtle and laid back approach to simple styling do’s. From interesting layers, pop colors in scarfs, thick belts, and bold eye makeup, Altuzarra FW2013 told a story that was captivating, on trend, and cool. Following with some of the top trends of fall, checkered patters, leather details, and retro inspired details were all a part of the collection. Season after season Joseph Altuzarra has been able to clearly communicate his point of view and inspiration with his audience and this FW2013 collection is no exception.

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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