New York Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 13

Although it would seem to be impossible, New York City is even busier than ever. It’s fashion week in New York and for the next eight days this city will not stop moving.

From the look of the models on the runway you would never be able to tell that backstage it’s pure and utter organized chaos. Designers are making last minute adjustments and hairstylists are whipping curling irons around and spraying so much hairspray that it could be a fire hazard. While breathing in the fumes, makeup artists are moving at the speed of light while trying to finish 20 or more models’ makeup in about 2 hours. At the same time models run around slipping in and out of their outfits in less than one minute.

But now that the eight days of fashion week have passed New York has returned to it’s previous, somewhat less hectic state, and we can now take a step back and assess the upcoming trends of the spring/summer 13 season.

From February seventh to the fourteenth over 130 designers presented their lines. The top 5 designers from this year’s spring/summer13 fashion week were Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, and Jason Wu. However, the man of the hour and the reigning king of New York Fashion week is Marc Jacobs.  

Consumers want what Jacobs designed; unfussy, retro, and feminine shapes that work in real life. He pushed waistbands lower than they have been in decades. Is this possible a trickle down trend from the up and coming film, The Great Gatsby? Most likely, the answer is yes.

While we can expect that 20s style dresses with low waistlines will be popular this season, what else should we be adding to our closets? First of all, what things can you get rid of? As Heidi Klum says, “As you know, in fashion one day you’re in and the next you’re out.”  Here is a quick list of things that you can erase from your closet and possibly your memory: decorative 3D nails, neon colors, studs, studded collars, studded shoes, anything with studs, wedge sneakers, printed pants, and body con dresses.

Now if you’re shocked because you have to clean out your entire closest, do not fret! The fashion world has moved on to bigger and better things. Replace your neon colors with different shades of green and orange passé, and instead of decorative nails, paint one nail a different color than the others. Common themes of this season will be retro, feminine, minimal, utilitarian, and preppy.

This season is about simplicity. Look towards Karen Walker, Chris Benz and Marc Jacobs for examples of strong retro styles. For feminine styles look at Christian Siriano and Thakoon and for a minimalistic style look at Alexander Wang. DKNY and Altuzarra gave strong lines featuring utilitarian styles and Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Tory Burch feature, of course, preppy designs.

As for patterns and prints lean towards stripes, florals, plaids, and tribal prints. Color blocking is still popular, but instead of color blocking in a dress or a single garment, color block separate pieces, such as a skirt and a shirt, in contrasting colors.

After the hectic, yet exciting, eight days of fashion week come to a close we are able to see the future of fashion. We can see the changes that will be taking place. Many people fear the upcoming changes, especially considering that they just got used to the styles from the autumn/winter 2012/13 season. However, we must listen to the words of the creative director of Marie Claire, Nina Garcia. “Every season I’m reminded that change is inevitable, change is constant, and change is good. Say it with me: Change is good!”