I have yet to don my new Dr. Martens Kimora high heel boots, yet I already long for Spring. My dreams of late consist of brunch with the girls wearing a perfect floral look, strolls in the park in bold orange, and traveling with an array of lace, leather and chiffon pieces. Thanks to the New York Collections shown at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for Spring 2013 I have enough to dream about until the snow melts and my boots are packed away.
Let’s review the things I covet for Spring 2013 from NYC.
Lace, I love the idea of something so feminine and beautiful. Lace was featured in several collections. From the ladylike at Lela Rose to the sexy at Vera Wang. The large lace patterns at Chris Benz, Jill Stuart, and Anna Sui kept it fresh and slightly edgy all the while maintaining its inherent femininity.
Bold Colors were all over the runways. Color will be so welcome as it shows up in stores during the gray winter. Designer’s use of color was brilliant, from edgy pieces to beautiful gowns. Nicholas K and Chado Ralph Rucci showed amazing bold orange looks. Diane Von Furstenberg featured a bright color palette, including chartreuse. Zang Toi and Donna Karan offered up colors I usually find in my favorite mix of Ladurée macarons.
Prints, from digital and abstract to floral, stripes and polka dots dominated Spring collections. Notable florals at Nicole Miller, Zac Posen, and Tory Burch. Polka dots and stripes in strong polished looks at Michel Kors, Pamela Roland, and Jenny Packham. Digital prints continue from fall. The effect for spring ranges from bold to softly abstract. Bold and graphic prints at Vivienne Tam, Bibhu Mohpaptra and Herve Leger, and abstract at J. Mendel and Naeem Khan.
Leather and Chiffon, who would have thought that a leather skirt is now considered a year round piece, and in black none-the-less. Fall 2012 is heavy in leather, especially the leather leg. Spring swings that focus to colored pieces and dresses. Still black, Lacoste and Diesel Black Gold have edgy dresses. From Monique Lhullier and Reem Acra are structured dresses in hues of red leather.
I hope you find as much to dream about as I have from the Spring 2013 New York collections.[Gallery not found]
Tracy E. Bozarth | Fashion Director
According to Vivienne Westwood, "You have a much better life if you wear impressive clothes." As a stylist in the fashion industry for over 10 years, I have found this to be true. I work with Neiman Marcus Denver, People Stylewatch Magazine, and I am the current Fashion Director for 303 Magazine.