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.
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.