Donna Karan's Spring 2013 show starts at 2 p.m. EDT. See it all happen in real time — right here, right now.
For a collection that aspires to lightness and fluidity above all else, Carolina Herrera's Spring 2013 offering makes no shortage of colorful and graphic statements. Herrera created airy elegance directly with her choice of fabrics: chiffon, tulle, organza, and other featherweight materials flutter prettily around the legs of many of the designer's floor-length gowns and expose demure amounts of skin in others. Perhaps that's why her colorblocked pieces and a selection of bright orange dresses and other garments stood out among the mostly baby-blue and beige collection. High-waisted shorts, which conjured thoughts of very elegant '40s pinup girls, paired nicely with gauzy tops and printed shirts. For all their retro appeal, though, they were the edgiest pieces in the collection.
Emerson designer Jackie Fraser-Swan's inspiration for her latest collection was '70s horror films like like Burnt Offerings and The Amityville Horror, as well as Rob Zombie's freaky flicks. Still, a sweet and feminine aura was present throughout the line. A varsity jacket with a huge "E" emblazoned on it was a nod to the high school setting of Carrie, while flowy fabrics drew inspired from the free-spirited era. Modern touches included peplum tops and blazers, button-down blouses, a three-tiered gown, and floral dresses. Polka dots and stripes, as well abstract prints, lent a playful air, while leather pieces roughened things up at the end. To dress their feet, all the models strutted in custom black-and-white wedges from Kork-Ease.
Who knew putting four or even five different kinds of lace together all at once would result in dresses that look like they could float away in a light breeze? For his Spring 2013 collection, Gregory Parkinson spun French lace into a tightly edited collection of dresses for day. In some dresses, it was layered over colorful camouflage, but in many, it was the starring attraction.
For Spring 2013, Balmain's secondary line, Pierre Balmain, stayed far away from the rock-and-roll antics of its sister label and instead focused on an optimistic distillation of shapes from the 1950s. The collection, which was shown in Beijing in May and presented Monday morning as a digital fashion show, featured men's and women's looks. The ladies saw skirt-and-jacket combinations that echoed the New Look in a modern way: A-line skirts and dresses were paired with close-tailored denim or leather jackets and, at one point, a tiger-print twin set. Sleeveless peplum tops pointed at the same shapes, but fuller-cut blouses and jackets were sprinkled throughout the show, paired with slim-cut trousers and jeans to emphasize volume. The men's looks — all suits and separates save for a leather jacket and a full denim ensemble — were well-tailored basics made interesting with pops of bright pink and oversize dot and plaid prints.
Photo courtesy of Pierre Balmain
Judging by this just-released Saint Laurent ad — the first to be photographed by Hedi Slimane in his new role as creative director — we may be in for one wild rock 'n' roll ride on Oct. 1, when he debuts his first runway collection for the brand. The ad, which is just the first of 15 campaign images, appears in this month's issue of Vogue Hommes Japan and features a black and white image of tattooed rocker Christopher Owens reclining on a velvet pillow. His shirtless torso, bare arms, and long mane of hair are facing the camera, and on the opposite page, in black typeface on a solid white background, is the new Saint Laurent Paris logo.
Fashion Week is best experienced live — but if watching the shows at the tents isn't an option, never fear: we're streaming some of the best shows live from New York right here. Lacoste, Mara Hoffman, Donna Karan, Tory Burch, Vera Wang, Michael Kors, Rachel Zoe, and Calvin Klein as they happen — take it all in with the video, and see our full schedule below.
Lacoste Sept. 8, 10am EDT
Mara Hoffman Sept. 8, 2pm EDT
Diane von Furstenberg, Sept. 9, 4p EDT
Donna Karan Sept. 10, 2pm EDT
Tory Burch Sept. 11, 9am EDT
Vera Wang Sept. 11, 11am EDT
Michael Kors Sept. 12, 10am EDT
Rachel Zoe Sept. 12, 10am EDT
Calvin Klein Sept. 13, 2pm EDT