September 15, 2012

Best Of New York Fashion Week (III)

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.

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela

Although Maison Martin Margiela usually showcase their collections during Paris Fashion Week, New Yorkers got to enjoy the presence of the well-known and much-appreciated brand during their own Fashion Week, thanks to the launch of MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, a smaller branch of the mother-company, which also happens to have recently opened its first boutique in New York.

MM6 aims to present the house’s new take on femininity, with a more urban and contemporary air, and includes clothes, shoes and accessories with a casual feel, and sometimes even a humouristic factor.

The MM6 Spring/Summer 2013 collection presented during New York Fashion Week features military-inspired pieces, trenchcoats and slouchy pants, sneakers, camouflage prints, as well as skirts and dresses with loose silhouettes, perfect for a day out on the town.

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Ohne Titel

For the Spring/Summer 2013 show, Ohne Titel designers Alexa Adams and Flora Gill presented a series of looks that reiterated ideas from their previous collections.: the paneled construction of the silhouettes, the short drop-waist dresses, the graphic prints, the optical games of black and white, black and blue, red and cream and, most notably, the wide-net mesh paneling, an element borrowed straight from the duo’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection.

All in all, a collection with a fresh vibe, with surprising optic elements and a youthful air.

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Oscar de la Renta

The surprising element that nobody saw coming in the Spring/Summer 2013 Oscar de la Renta collection, a designer from whom we’re used to seeing royal silhouettes full of refinement, was the appearance of a set of evening-appropriate short pants. The red latex pieces were also a surprise, give that the sexy fabric in not usually one that we’d find in de la Renta’s conservative collections.

The spectacular floor-length evening gowns with precious embroidery were however present as always, to the delight of the designer’s usual public.

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Proenza Schouler

For the Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2013 collections, designer duo Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez created a series of youthful looks, full of fresh energy. The show opened with a patchwork jacket in different colours of python skin, followed by a set of pieses collaged out of different exotic skins and leathers, oversize coats in perforated leather and laser-cut jersey, ending with a series of abstract-print dresses.

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Reem Acra

The predominant silhouettes of the Spring/Summer 2013 Reem Acra show had an edgy appeal, almost descending into the sports area. Drawing her inspiration from artist Adam Young’s work, focused on motorcycles, Acra imagined cropped biker jackets in leather or satin and pencil skirts, dresses and blouses with embroidery or cutouts reminiscent of tire tracks. The show ended with a set of glamorous dresses in diaphanous tulle, full of sensuality.

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If you’ve never played Dungeons & Dragons before, you will automatically do so after trying on a piece from the Rodarte Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Laura and Kate Mulleavy drew their inspiration from the famous role-playing game, for an eccentric collection, with a medieval twist. Evening gowns with poison ivy print, gunmetal grey pieces with strategic cutouts and hanging chains, armour-like silhouettes and pants that had been cut and then sewn back together, fringed vests, wide and elaborate metallic belts and dragon wing embroidery, all came together to form a daring collection, suited for the powerful woman, who isn’t afraid to showcase her rough side, along with her femininity.

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Vera Wang

For her Spring/Summer 2013 collection, Vera Wang drew her inspiration from the faraway lands of India, presenting a collection in which textures, prints and colour tell a sumptuous tale.

The show debuted with a series of all-white silhouettes – buttoned jackets paired with wide knee-length skirts and pieces with minute embroidery, after which, the colour arrived: cobalt blue, intense navy, azure, amethyst, noble green, as well as a cascade of gold. Chantilly lace, intricate embroidery and bead appliqués served to mark the designer’s usual attention to details, offering a noble air to the entire collection.

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Zac Posen

The Spring/Summer 2013 Zac Posen show started off with a couple of retro silhouettes, à la 1940s, soon migrating into a much more formal registry. The designer showcased a series of stunning evening gowns to which he managed to give a most noble touch. A cascade of tulle, chiffon, satin and veil in an absolutely delicious chromatic palette took over the catwalk, making it resemble the night of the Academy Awards, more than a simple fashion show.

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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 (II)!

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MM6 collection photos courtesy of: Matthew Carasella