L'Wren Scott took inspiration for her Fall 2013 collection from the work of Gustav Klimt, who made many of his most famous paintings sparkle with the addition of gold leaf. That explains the swirls of gold fabric on Scott's coats and dresses and on a dramatic cape toward the end of the show. It also explains the exuberant use of sequins and gold accents like buttons and bow ties, and rich jewel tones like teal, burgundy, and cobalt blue.
What's black and white and red all over? Justin Thornton and Leah Bregazzi's Fall 2013 collection for Preen fits that description, but the offering's story is about more than color. The duo got a lot of mileage out of their focused color palette and used fused prints like leopard and tartan to pleasing effect. Contrasting piping on off-center shirt collars looked modern, while the sleek cut of other pieces, like slim suits and a halter dress with a plunging neckline, telegraphed a confident strength. The show ended with a selection of pieces festooned with crisscrossing stripes of jeweled embellishment. After all, a little bling never hurt anyone.
A darker take on the bounty of the English countryside informed Emma Hill's Fall 2013 collection for Mulberry. Floral prints, like a spray of multicolored flowers on black fabric, bloomed all over the offering, as did variations on the classic English check in multiple sizes. Butterflies, another visual motif, kept the nature theme going, but a dark color palette of oxblood, midnight blue, and emerald provided an interesting tension.
But to keep things from getting too dark, the brand stationed a flower sculpture on the side of its runway and cast Max the dog to model a check coat and another coat in a butterfly print.
What would it look like if you dispatched your grandmother to a late-night dance party? That's the question Henry Holland tried to answer with his Fall 2013 collection, a riot of color, pattern, and texture the designer lovingly named "Rave Nanna." The shapes of the clothes themselves are appropriately ladylike, but Holland cut his shift dresses, sweaters, and skirts from wallpaper prints in pink, orange, and avocado green. One shirt cut from the material was paired with a jacket and skirt in an acidic shade of lime. What wasn't patterned, like a green tunic sweater or a midnight-blue dress, was decorated in mischievous symbols like sparkly cigarettes or colorful pills.
Roselli Jardini's Moschino Cheap & Chic girl isn't one to shy away from playful statements, but for Fall 2013, that playfulness also came with plenty of wearable appeal. Double-breasted blazers, mini shift dresses, and bubble-ruffled skirts felt youthful and easy thanks to boxy, '60s-style cuts, while slim ankle trousers and outsize cocoon coats with large lapels and collars lent a jaunty, downtown feel. Of course, it wouldn't be Cheap & Chic without a good dose of leopard print, graffiti scrawls, wild furs, and in-your-face hot-pink hues, but even those felt accessible when paired with chunky black-and-white-striped sweaters or slim-cut blazers and ankle pants in black polka-dot-studded wool.
Sure, sure, Fashion Week is ultimately all about the clothes. But the designers, models, editors, and felines who make New York Fashion Week possible set tongues wagging about way more than houndstooth knits and quilted leather.
That's because the most buzzworthy moments of the past eight days had nothing to do with clothes and everything to do with dancing, fluorescent pants, outlandish accessories, and elaborate set design. Read on for explanations of those — and for more of what got the New York crowd talking this week.
Think the runways of New York were the only places that offered major style this week? Think again. Between the BAFTAs in London, the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, and the store openings, movie premieres, film festivals, and parties everywhere else, this week's best-dressed posse may be the bestest yet. Click through to see all the superchic looks — including Emma Stone's cool Stella McCartney ensemble at the Berlin Film Festival (left) and all the front-row snaps from Fashion Week — right here in the slideshow.
Most of the shoes on New York's runways sped by so fast that there was barely a chance to observe them in all their heart-pounding, foot-stomping glory. But never fear: we've gathered up the best of them (and trust us, there are plenty!) right here. From Alexander Wang's mohair-covered pumps to Nanette Lepore's iridescent booties, these are all the Fashion Week goodies.
Miu Miu brings its Spring 2013 campaign to life with a series of videos, each of which stars a different model. Martha Hunt, Arizona Muse, Tamara Weijenberg, Malgosia Bela, Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima, and Bette Franke each take turns capturing the brooding, mischievous, and almost sinister undertones of Miu Miu's print campaign — and each leave the viewer wondering if perhaps there isn't something more to the brand's Spring 2013 collection than just the gorgeous clothing. A look at each of the spooky shorts below.
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New York Fashion Week has come to an end, but even the most seasoned editors and buyers in the business couldn't possibly make it to all the shows on the jam-packed schedule. (We blame traffic, not to mention snow!) To make up for the Fall 2013 looks that may not have gotten the attention they should have, we've combed through presentations and shows staged by some of the talented younger and lesser-known brands in New York. The most must-see looks, from Calla's mix of dark florals and bright pastels to the school-girl charm of Ostwald Helgason's offering, here in the gallery.