September 13, 2012

Best Of New York Fashion Week S/S 2013 (I)

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.

3.1 Philip Lim

Inspired by the Dada technique of selecting random words from a given text and scrambling them to form new meanings, Philip Lim has too selected a variety of fabrics with which he then played, for a surprising mix’n’match effect. Reinterpreted biker jackets in fine silk, denim patchwork pieces and transparencies camouflaged in a most elegant manner courtesy of layering made up a collection of eclectic looks, sure to be highly sought-after next season.

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Alexander Wang

In a background of black lights, deconstruction was the element that started it all for Alexander Wang’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The designer stayed away from asymmetries, concentrating instead on a series of expertly applied clean, straight lines. The precision of the cuts resulted in sharp looks – shirtdresses and jackets reminiscent of long coats, followed by a set of curved , fluid lines, applied to a series of futuristic pieces. The highlight of the show was the appearance of the super-sexy dresses, seemingly floating on the models’ bodies, thanks to the invisible fish-line embroidery holding the fabric together.

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Alice + Olivia

Inspired by the American dream of the 50s, Stacey Bendet’s collection for Alice + Olivia is one of infectious optimism. The super-feminine, almost girly looks, such as dresses, tops and blazers encrusted with sparkling crystals, the fresh floral prints and the colourful chromatic palette were punctuated with sweet accessories: feminine sandals with thin straps, colourful bags and the adorable Perspex clutches filled with rainbow candy.

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Badgley Mischka

Enchanted by the haunting beauty of the 1935 version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Mark Badgley and James Mischka used the screening of the Shakespeare classic as inspiration for their romantic Spring collection. Silk, tweed, brocade, bouclé, organza and lace all came together in a line-up of effervescent looks. Each and every outfit stunned with grace and elegance, making one think of fairy-like silhouettes. The collection’s key pieces, which we’ll surely spot on the red carpet later this year, were the dresses with oversize tulle sleeves, of royal elegance.

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Betsey Johnson

To celebrate the anniversary of the designer’s 70th birthday, as well as that of a half a century of her career in fashion, Betsey Johnson opened her Spring/Summer 2013 show with a line-up of “greatest hits”, among which a funky orange corduroy outfit, circa 1960, some punk-mesh 80s looks, as well as a couple of grunge, 90s outfits.

Having set the scene, the new collection kept things vintage, with petticoat dresses and baby dolls. The models strutted down the runway in a playful, almost childish manner, with their hair crimped and teased, carrying bizarre accessories, such as lifesavers, fishing rods, cigarettes, a baby stroller and even a live piglet, adding to the show’s expression of fun and maintaining the optimistic take that Betsey Johnson is known for with her every show.

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Bibhu Mohapatra

Inspired by the metamorphosis of the moth towards its final butterfly form, Bibhu Mohapatra imagined for his Spring/Summer 2013 collection a series of sexy looks, capturing the energy and impact of the transformation process. The powerful day looks, with cigarette pants and feminine peplums were balanced by a series of softer evening looks, featuring figure-hugging silhouettes, chiffon skirts and lace inserts. The geometric lines of the outfits were complemented by the powerful prints, reminiscent of the moment in which a butterfly opens its wings for the very first time.

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Carlos Miele

For his Spring/Summer 2013 collection, Carlos Miele let himself be inspired by his two-year-old son’s drawings, who after a trip to the zoo, came up with a blue giraffe. Thus, a collection that the designer refers to as a “hallucination jungle”, in which blue giraffes meet yellow tigers and green zebras – a menagerie of fantastic animal prints. Miele’s jungle isn’t however rigid or scary, but to the contrary: the fluid chiffon and transparent veils create the illusion of the wind drifting through the delicate leaves of the jungle.

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

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