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