Last week at the New York S/S 2013 shows the week opened and closed amidst a flutter of controversy and gossip as faces were slapped at Zac Posen and Oscar de la Renta was called a hotdog. Well even with all the drama undoubtedly New York designer’s presented their strongest season in years. Here’s a look at my top five favorite collections in motion.
J. Mendel celebrated its ten-year anniversary with a collection that was filled with chic modern sophistication. Infused with beautiful floral prints throughout starting with pastels in lace with organza overlay for day the collection quickly moved into deep hues of purple, navy and deep teal silhouettes for cocktail and evening and finished strong with bold statement colors. A standout was a floral print tailored suit in shades of orange, yellow and fuchsia. www.jmendel.com
Michael Kors known for his sportswear driven collections didn’t disappoint with a show that was reminiscent of 60’s pop filled with bold stripes, black and white check and color block. In his show notes Kors referred to the collection as “geometric glamour.” Highlighted with white and gold accents and lady-like bags for day, clear lucite heels and square framed oversized aviators in bright colors, Kors was truly in his element. The use of Hockney-esque water prints made a nice transition amid all the bold color. Kors finished strong with a series of black jersey dresses for evening. www.michaelkors.com
Marc Jacobs continued the black and white striped and check pride with more 60’s chic. With hip-hugger skirts paired with cropped mid-drift tops and coiffed sixties do’s the only thing missing was a live musical performance by UK artist Duffy and a surprise runway trot by sixties glam model Peggy Moffitt. I wonder if we’ll see Jacobs carry the trend forward to Louis Vuitton? www.marcjacobs.com
Zac Pose got his glam on this season with a collection that celebrated his muse “American Swans”, inspired by the women who graced the life of the late Truman Capote with his own stable of runway beauties that included Naomi Campbell, Angela Lindvall, Karolina Kurkova, Erin O’Connor, Alek Wek and Crystal Renn. The collection, included floating florals, tailored jackets with peplums, feminine blouses with ruffled sleeves and pegged pencil skirts in a retro 40’s silhouette. Highlights came via Posen’s beautiful craftsmanship and attention to detail in his eveningwear cementing is position on the upcoming awards seasons’ red carpet. www.zacposen.com
Monique Lhuillier found her muse this season all grown up, a lot less fussy and with a little edge. The collection was filled with beautiful turquoise and aqua prints and deep blue hues that resembled an underwater scene. Lhuillier also explored a cleaner silhouette through evening that was a fresh departure from the heaviness seen in past collections. www.moniquelhuillier.com