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Trends from New York Fashion Week Spring 2013

By Pialy Aditya and Sonaly Aditya Created: October 1, 2012 Last Updated: October 4, 2012
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As usual, New York Fashion Week swept in with a bang from Sept. 6 to 13. International buyers and editors shuttled between the Meatpacking District downtown and Lincoln Center uptown to view the Spring 2013 collections.

There were plenty of starlets lining the front rows and even more fashion bloggers seen on the inside of the tents and at the after-parties this year.

For Spring 2013, there were a few clear trends that emerged, many of which we’ve seen in the past. But this season, each trend pushed the envelope a little further with edgier silhouettes and digital prints.

So embrace that inner fashionista in you and be daring this spring.

Bare That Midriff

Although your stomach may be tucked away through winter, there’s no time to get comfortable.

All over the catwalk, designers such as Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, Jill Stuart, DKNY, and even Marchesa had models strutting their lovely figures in bras and mini bustiers or cutout dresses for day and evening looks.

Breathe a (small) sigh of relief because it’s not about being over-exposed; it’s about showing just enough skin. So, pair your bandeau with a tailored blazer, and your crop-top with a high-waisted pencil skirt or cigarette pants.

Definitely walk with confidence—and maybe dust off that Ab Roller, just in case.

Behind Bars

Stripes aren’t an earth-shattering new trend for spring; in fact, you already have tons of it in your closet.

Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger delivered the predictable classic Americana style of horizontal stripes.

We saw the trend really stray from the norm at Marc Jacobs with 1960s-inspired stripes dominating his runway. The stripes, predominately in black and white, were showcased in every shape imaginable, including vertical and horizontal, thin and wide, even and irregular.

Oscar de la Renta proved that stripes can be worn for formal affairs by sending not just one, but two stunning ball gowns with varying thickness of stripes down the runway.

Tough and Tender

There were quite a lot of harnesses and colorful leather-heavy looks for spring.

We expected the harnesses from Herve Leger but were surprised to see them at the more mainstream BCBGMAXAZRIA. Leather was literally everywhere—as a jacket in gentle peach paired with mesh at Reed Krakoff to a fierce short-sleeve black leather dress with cutouts at Alexander Wang.

Almost every look strutting down the runway at Jason Wu had some leather detailing, including the final look of the evening, a beautiful blue studded ball gown fit for a princess, turned daring with a leather harness.

Mad About Prints

The not-so-subtle trend of head-to-toe prints in varying silhouettes and patterns continued to set the catwalks ablaze this fashion week.

Wearing a single print from top-to-bottom may feel intimidating to most of us and only reserved for the uber-stylish adventuresome few. But, at least designers such as Prabal Gurung, J. Mendel, and Tory Burch have taken the guesswork and stress away from all the mismatched mixing of prints that few of us have gotten right these last few seasons.

No need to pair this daring look with matching print accessories (shoes, handbag, jewelry, and so on) unless, of course, you’re fierce.

Tangerine Take Two

As one would expect, the spring runway is all about bright colors.

Among those, tangerine was the juiciest standout for 2013, as it was this past spring. We saw this single hue worn head-to-toe at J. Mendel, Rachel Zoe, and Narcisco Rodriquez.

If you are worried about this look being too bold, most designers mixed textures—like lace with silks at Carolina Herrera or transparent mesh cutouts at Helmut Lang—to create a chic, modern look.

We must admit, the ’80s girls in us are a little sad to see all the neon colors disappear this year, but at least the clothes at Alexander Wang were glow-in-the-dark!

A Digital Life Aquatic

Aquatic shades of blues and greens were all the rage on the runway.

As designers have now embraced the digital world of eCommerce, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, they have also begun to embrace digital prints.

These prints ranged from waves in the ocean at Michael Kors to the scales on the mermaids who live beneath its surface at Monique Lhuillier.

At Proenza Schouler, this trend was taken to the next level. Leather and other fabrics were masterfully digitized with images, such as fields of cactus and blurred faces in a crowd, and patch-worked together in brilliant sophistication.

Pialy and Sonaly Aditya are twins working in the fashion tech space with MBAs from Harvard and Wharton, respectively, and living in NYC.

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