New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 Day 4 Recap
As New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 reaches the middle of its run there are some new and interesting fashion pieces being introduced to the pie such as the geometric whimsy trend coming out of Hervé Léger By Max Azria or the can-can dresses complete with feathers and trim at Prabal Gurung. But nothing can compare to the Zebra like patterns at Alexander Wang which left the audience in an excitable state. Jill Stuart showed her collection that was a surprisingly detailed and almost ornate set of looks with lacy embroidered floral fabrics and metallics in all the romantic colors. Another big name on Day 4 was Joseph Altuzarra who’s been making huge waves in the fashion world. His work was praised by nearly all who were there and the work-wear inspired looks mixed with elements of high fashion design were definitely what will drive Altuzarra out the doors of the department stores in droves.
Aside from the general inspirations, the Prabal Gurung and Joseph Altuzarra collection has one thing in common… a mix of couture worthy notions and detailing. Though one was inspired by blue collar uniforms and another was more saloon wear than street clothing they both had ornate detailing on their materials. Fringe and feathers metamorphosed cotton and canvas into luxurious ready-to-wear. This mix of high fashion meets day-to-day is definitely a trend this season. I had a slight tick when I was looking at the Altuzarra collection, I feel that his mixing of prints was a bit too liberal with a lack of direction. When an outfit uses four different prints and several different fabrics it gets a bit congested. This may have been overlooked if even one other show was doing something similar but unfortunately being a stand alone with this wacky potpourri of prints is too far out of the norm for it to fly under the radar. One last note, the Gianvito Rossi for Altuzarra knee high gladiator sandals were Ah-Mah-Zing.
The Hervé Léger By Max Azria was actually one of my favorite shows so far this season because of the intricate use of laser cut leather and other materials that turned out a slew of show stopping dresses and jumpers. The pieces were those that really tread the line between art and fashion quite well. Wearable yes, ready-to-wear… perhaps. Most of the looks were just so finely crafted that they seemed dedicate to a fault. Though that’s probably not true, the fleeting idea of these dresses may be what certain high rolling fashion shoppers want when they are shopping for their next piece. Personally I think this line will do moderately well in stores as the collection seems exquisite and though that is a more acceptable trend, in a world dominated by the almighty denim, this will be quite the shift for most of the age group that Hervé Léger By Max Azria appeals to.
Alexander Wang showed another powerful collection that was a mix of leather dresses and fancifully seamed pieces. The cutouts were the icing on the cake of a beautiful collection that set the tone, or rather, undertone of the darkside of fashion week. Typically the last day of fashion week is when the gothic side of things come to the surface but since (and this is only my speculation) the immense success of ‘Fifty shades of Grey‘, fashion week has been inundated with straps, leather, and… ultimately kinky clothing.
On the other side of things the Jill Stuart show took on a new feeling of romance and elegance with flowing gowns and elaborate materials. Through all the naughty leather and sexual innuendos the Stuart collection had a healthy balance of light and dark and pulled together the elements of the season very well. My only problem with the collection was that many of the dresses seemed to be made of a material that appeared inexpensive. It may feel soft and luxurious, but many of the shiny sateen dresses looked a little on the not so desirable side of things. Mind you I am only reffering to the fabric, NOT the cut. The dresses themselves were divine.
Stay Tuned for the Day 5 recap of New York Fashion Week Spring 2013.