New York dazzles for spring fashion week

After a few runway shows, the world of fashion had its biggest night on Thursday, Sept. 6.
More than 500 retailers across New York City and the biggest names on the entertainment industry reunited for a night of shopping on Fashion’s Night Out.

Musicians, fashionistas, artists and celebrities converged together to mark the fourth year anniversary of the event.The runway dazzled with the designs of both major and up-and-coming wearhouses for the several days long event.

Students from the Academy of Art University as well as some of the participants on this season of Lifetime Television’s Project Runway got to showcase their talent, standing as some of the hopeful names in fashion.

Rebecca Minkoff, who had received praise on her Fall-Winter 2012 collection last fall, fell short with her Spring 2013 collection, created to “imagine the glamorous life, but set 50 years later,” in the words of the head designer.

Her designs were criticized by the blogging community for being “all over the place,” using white as an anchor color as opposed to the floral prints she had used to blend it all together last fall.

She failed to showcase any of the key spring pieces such as the maxi dress, replacing it for ill-fitting overalls and sloppily-tailored jackets in bold colors.
However, others did not disappoint, and consistently presented jaw-dropping collections for the spring.

Personal favorites include Monique Lhuillier, whose use of floral prints in burgundy, maroon and poppy seed fit perfectly into the siren-like silhouettes and structured cuts. His details in leather and gold had a combination usually suited for the fall; a risky choice, but a delightful execution.

Chadwick Bell’s use of simple cuts and neutral colors worked well for the winter season, but the lack of color and the poor use of neutral accessories proved to be a miss for him this time around.

One of the biggest statements imposed for this season is skin. A trend that is usually part of summer, but made it’s way to the breezy days, accompanied with strategic cutouts.

Deep necklines and an array of bra-style tops delivered impeccably by Victoria Beckham in her Spring 2013 collection is also in style.

Other contributors to the trend were Derek Lam, who showcased an edgy but chic kaleidoscope of colors, fabrics and patterns.

In addition, Alexander Wang, whose collection featured black-and-white pieces combined with parkas and tops inspired by sports jerseys put against elegant halter dresses and other pieces that turned to glowsticks when the lights went out for the final walk along the runway.

Penned to close the ceremonies before the event moves to other fashion capitals are crowd favorites Zac Posen, Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein. These prominent names in fashion will be showcasing their collections throughout the remaining week.