By Alex R. Travers
Count on fashion week to draw in the best of everything. For the Spring/Summer 2013 collections, floral imagery, geometric patterns, and a profusion of prints, many inspired by Eastern landscapes, strutted onto the runway. At Naeem Khan, images of waves from Japanese woodblock prints crashed onto flowing gazar cocktail dresses while wisteria flowers twined their stems into the blossoming collection of J. Mendel. Coral and net prints swam onto halter and v-neck dresses at Nanette Lepore and colorful stripes climbed and crisscrossed the chic pajama suits of Tommy Hilfiger. Designers didn’t shy away from capturing the playful feel of summer.
As the shows continued, a plethora of geometric patterns emerged in many shapes and forms. Proenza Schouler’s angular and disjointed lines seemed pulled from Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Exposed asymmetric zippers and wild patterns abandoned harmonious proportions. On the other hand, neatly and evenly checked patterns were ubiquitous at Thom Browne’s museum-exhibit-worthy presentation. Nanette Lepore didn’t even flinch at the idea of opening her show with a check wrap dress. It’s hip to be square!
The color palettes this season ran the gamut: black and white monochromes, vivid colors, and pale pastels. But there was a stronger focus on harnessing the colors found in elemental and naturalistic beauty. Designers dug for aesthetic gold. Translucent acrylic heels on Mathieu Mirano shoes resembled neatly cut topaz and the glow from the ephemeral desert sunset that burned its way onto gowns at Naeem Khan was palpable. You couldn’t take your eyes off it.
All and all, the Spring/Summer 2013 collections were an exciting feast for the eyes. As the shows in New York come to an end we leave it to London, Milan and Paris to continue to feed the fashion frenzy.