Rachel Zoe's Spring 2013 show starts today at 2 p.m. EDT. See it all happen in real time — right here, right now.
All right, it's official: stripes are back. Not that they ever really left, but this week we've seen more of them on the New York runways than we can count.
For Spring 2013, Michael Kors offered them up in spades. In high-contrast lines of black, red, green, and blue, they covered everything from zip-side one-pieces to skin-hugging bodysuits. The show notes mentioned the idea of "geometric glamour," and so, in addition to all those stripes, Kors offered up boxy separates in mod '60s shapes decorated with optical checks or saturated in primary hues. The glamour came later when Karlie Kloss closed the show wearing a slinky gown pierced with triangular cutouts.
Victoria Beckham's diffusion line, Victoria Victoria Beckham, was all about statement dresses for Spring 2013. Safari details, colorblock shifts, suede, printed shirtdresses, florals, plunging. Silhouettes ranged from body-con to A-line to baggy to boxy. Hemlines were mostly mini, but there were a few more ladylike knee-length dresses. No matter the style or color, all the models strutted down the catwalk in sky-high platform wedges. Some wore oversize bangles with their looks, while others carried their shoulder bags as crossbodies. If you have dresses on the brain, Victoria Victoria Beckham has you covered.
It wouldn't be a Betsey Johnson show without a fabulous party. For Spring 2013, models with heavy rockstar makeup and crimped hair sashayed down the confetti catwalk in the designer's signature frothy princess dresses in all sorts of bright colors. But Betsey also sent down less poufy looks, including printed minidresses, funky coats, studded miniskirts, houndstooth suits, leopard bodysuits, and more. Sassy lingerie, Minnie Mouse sleepwear, and retro-sweet swimsuits were also part of Betsey's latest Spring line. Bright colors, bold prints, over-the-top silhouettes, funky accessories — you name it, Betsey brought it with major oomph.
India-born designer Bibu Mohapatra was feeling futuristic for Spring 2013. Colorful kaleidoscope prints prevailed throughout the show on satin dresses with shoulder cutouts, boxy shortsleeved jackets, and knee-length skirts. Models mostly showed off dresses, but a few cropped trousers served as more masculine pieces in the collection. At the end of the show, Bibhu sent down a slew of unique, head-turning gowns: sheer, mermaid style, beaded, and poufy princess cut.
Just when it seemed that the DVF label was hitting its stride with creative director Yvan Mispelaere at the helm comes the sudden news that he is out the door. His departure, the brand says, is effective immediately.
"I am so grateful for the contributions Yvan brought to DVF and fully support him as he takes the next step in his career," Diane von Furstenberg said in a statement released by the company Tuesday. "Yvan joined us almost three years ago and has added enormous value. He also put together a highly skilled design team to support our growth both in fashion and accessories. I am very thankful and proud of his accomplishments here and I look forward to our strong team continuing to create the signature DVF look for women everywhere." As of now, the company says it has no plans to replace him.
With stints at Chloé, Valentino, and Gucci under his belt, Mispelaere was largely credited with bringing a renewed sense of polish, as well as a refined eye for color, to the DVF brand. The collection he and von Furstenberg presented for Fall 2012, for example, was one of that season's more memorable New York Fashion Week shows. And though Spring 2013, shown only a few days ago at Lincoln Center, somewhat lacked that same sense of power and focus, it was still plenty gorgeous. One has to wonder if that lack of cohesion was the result of Mispelaere knowing he may have soon been on his way out.
"I came to DVF to help further the brand's mission and create a world-class design team. I am confident we have been able to achieve that during my time with the company," Mispelaere said in the statement. "I can't thank Diane enough for the opportunity to work with her and such talented people. The group is now well-positioned for even greater success, and I am eager to take on my next challenge." Yvan, we're looking forward to that too.
In pale hues that gave way to crimson and navy, the Olsens offered up a gorgeous take on refined minimalism for Spring 2013. Silk was the fabric choice, and it came gently tailored and romantically layered on languid silhouettes that felt slouchy and elegant all at once. The duo said that they were inspired by American folk, 18th-century Japanese artist Ito Jakuchu, and the English countryside, and even though the interpretation here was ever-so subtle, somehow it worked.