The Trend: Cutouts
Peek-a-boo clothing has allowed skin to make a tenacious statement. Sliced and slivered in every fashionable form, cutouts found their way in to many collections for Spring/Summer 2013. Alexander Wang, for example, mastered this trend by elevating deconstruction to a new level. The LBD with side cutouts was only a taste of what was to follow with the white cotton shirt dresses nearly chopped into pieces. Jason Wu went provocative in the most positive of ways as dresses divvied out strong shoulders and chests. The brilliant Michael Kors also confronted this trend by seamlessly portioning the female body. Karlie Kloss came down the runway with purpose and poise, a moment sure to be remembered in New York Fashion Week SS13.
The Trend: Prints
Not every designer can pull off using prints, nor can everyone can easily pull off the all-over printed look. One exception, however is the casual, tribal feeling of many prints that I saw for spring 2013. The style felt bold and vibrant, yet found in silhouettes that can actually translate to be very comfortable. I could see myself wearing some of these printed pieces to the beach, while others are perfectly suited to wear to my favorite concert/show. A favorite was Mara Hoffman’s perfectly engineered prints that season after season, never fail to disappoint!
The Trend: Leather with feminine details
A feminine, pleated A-line skirt in tough black leather is made even sweeter with an exposed tulle hemline. This skirt, paired with a soft white lace blouse and edgy ankle-strap heels from Marissa Webb perfectly spells out the new interpretations on leather for S/S 2013- the edge is balanced by a softness found elsewhere (or underneath!) in the look.
The Trend: Vibrant Blue
My favorite trend for spring was the artful use of the hue, vibrant blue. It’s edgy, unexpected, and has a very crisp, clean quality to it, especially for the warmer months. The color was easily found in collections by Carlos Campos, Dennis Basso, Emerson, W118 by Walter Baker, Vivienne Tam, Rebecca Taylor, and General Idea Men’s for spring 2013.
The Trend: Front-to-Back Changeups
You see a model walking your way in a stunning look, she turns the corner, and surprise! The back of the piece reflects a totally different color, fabrication, or even cut than the front! These little details, that are always a surprise and difficult to seamlessly execute from a design perspective, were very much appreciated by me for spring 2013! Matching stripes of different shades, front-to-back, was perfectly mastered at Michael Kors, while other flip-side pieces were found everywhere from Milly to Oscar de la Renta.