September 14, 2012

Best Of New York Fashion Week (II)

New York Fashion Week is drawing to a close and Fashion avec Passion is here to bring you the best of it. Check out the highlights of the spring collections and let yourself be inspired by the fashion trends that designers have prepared for next season.

Carolina Herrera

For next season’s collection, Carolina Herrera imagined a suite of fluid, ultra-light silhouettes, romantic and refined. Chiffon, organza, tulle, georgette and transparent veil all come together to form an elegant line-up. The short skirts and trousers with floral prints give the collection a youthful vibe, while the floor-length gowns, the pièces de résistance of every Carolina Herrera collection, made an appearance, to the delight of the designer’s usual public.

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Diesel Black Gold

For her last collection as creative director for Diesel Black Gold, before her successor, Andreas Melbostad will take her place at the reins of the brand, Sophia Kokosalaki decided to take a trip down memory lane, visiting her first years in fashion, during which she was a student at Central Saint Martins. Thus, the aesthetic of the 90s was ever so present in her Spring/Summer 2013 collection, starting with the skate culture references, visible in the studded leather jackets, the mesh dresses and coats and the jeans bound at the ankles, just like skaters do, up to the grafitti-inspired prints. A very urban collection, with a fresh and youthful vibe.

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Jason Wu

After gaining notoriety due to the fact that America’s First lady wore one of his design for the Inauguration Ball, Jason Wu is starting to slowly cut away from the innocent image that he’s made for himself, courtesy of his previous collections. For the Spring/Summer 2013 season, the young designer drew his inspiration from the retrospective exhibit of photographer Helmut Newton’s work at the Grand Palais in Paris, earlier this year. The out-there sexuality immortalised by Newton made its way into Wu’s collection, which was full of accessories such as leather harnesses, black mesh veils and dark red lips.

The second skin outfits and dominatrix looks came together with fitted jumpsuits and high-waisted pants, reminiscent of the androgynous silhouettes that Newton favoured in his shots. A truly daring collection, with a good dose of sex-appeal, in which feminine transparencies melted away with the roughness of leather and latex, to a surprising final effect.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs

For his signature Spring/Summer 2013 collection, designer Marc Jacobs captured the energy of the year 1982, transforming it intro a graphic show, in which he claimed to have “looked back in order to look forward”. The baggy silhouettes, the layering, the myriad of prints – from plaid to stripes, to graphic prints and ethnic embellishments, gave the collection a vintage vibe, without stripping it of its youthfulness.

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Monique Lhuillier

With digital prints inspired by the hypnotic movement of the water and what seemed to be an infinity of transparent tulle, making the models’slightest motion look as fluid as that of a mermaid, the outfits from Monique Lhuillier’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection are definitely go-to pieces for when you truly want to take someone’s breath away.

Carefully sculpted silhouettes, perfect for day, but still sensual, thanks to details such as peplums and incredibly-tight cigarette pants, came together with stunning cocktail pieces – dresses covered in sparkling paillettes, with strategic cuts, and gorgeous evening gowns – floor-length stunners in tulle and georgette silk, in marine tones.

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Naeem Khan

Inspired by his numerous travels, Naeem Khan decided to immortalise his exotic voyages by transforming them into digital prints, laser cutouts and embroidery. The sunset, the palm tress, the Moroccan roses, the waves of the ocean – all were transformed into precious graphic elements, laid out onto satin, organza and tulle. The show’s highlight were a series of caftans in rainbow colours, embroided with sparkling beads.

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Narciso Rodriguez

for the Spring/Summer 2013 season, Narciso Rodriguez imagined a collection that manages to perfectly balance utility with sex-appeal. Sharp-looking pantsuits and pencil skirts were transformed into sensual pieces by mixing them with transparent blouses, with deep cuts down to the navel. The collection was punctuated by a series of short, fluid dresses, occasionally embroided with beads or paillettes, for a seductive effect.

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For even more fashion shows, check out Best Of New York Fashion Week (I) and Best of New York Fashion Week (III)!

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