NEW YORK — It was the highlight of what was already a star-studded weekend of high fashion. On Sunday, icon Diane von Furstenberg showed her Spring/Summer 2013 collection in front of an audience that included Sarah Jessica Parker and Italian designer Valentino. She took inspiration first from Italy, and then Marrakesh, with shades of terra cotta and turquoise. Not to fear, she didn’t abandon her signature prints. Here’s a look at a few more weekend highlights from New York Fashion Week:
It was fashion biology class for
Alexander Wang and his carefully cut-and-sutured couture. Models appeared to be wearing rings of magical fabric whose strips hovered and orbited around them like rings circling a planet. Using this same technique, his panel dresses looked like a pattern not yet sewn together. This sleight-of-hand (the clothes were kept together with barely visible threads) felt more avant garde than cheap magic trick, a glamorous crystal ball into a potential fashion future. The show-stopping “Tron”-like, glow-in-the-dark garments almost feel like required club wear.
Of the sportswear that Lacoste designer Filipe Oliveira Baptista showed at Lincoln Center on Saturday, it wasn’t the minimal silhouettes, the pops of colorful prints splashed across ponchos, or that pitch-perfect tennis dress with the yellow stripe that excited the crowd. It was (please brace yourselves) fanny packs. In an homage to the much-maligned accessory of the 1980s, Baptista affixed subtle fanny packs into his collection of classic preppy sportswear. Spring 2013 will mark the 80th anniversary of the brand, but aside from his occasional nod to the 1980s, he spent more time looking at the future of the brand rather than looking back.
For her Lincoln Center show,
Nicole Miller cited her inspiration as a “juxtaposition of improbable things, 808 surrealist art movement, digital nature, and sci-fi,” plus “all my bad girl/good girl.” If that sounds brave to you, you’re correct. Braver still is my prediction that Miller will be the only one showing acid wash jorts this week at Lincoln Center. Miller wants the 1990s to happen again, which was evident by floral prints (and Miller loves a good print) along with a nice cigarette pant. Still it was heartening to see Miller experiment with pixilated, modern prints, and her new take on the patchwork top felt like the 1890s meets the 1990s — but in a very good way.