Bright, fluoro, neon and primary colours all took pride of place on the colour palette yesterday at New York Fashion Week. The next season is set to be a bold one, with last season's pastels lingering as nothing but a memory. The only hint of faded colour was matched incredibly with wonderfully complex prints and oversized detailing.
J Crew ran the crowd in the colour ranks earlier in the day, dressing the models head to toe in an impressive array of large floral prints and fluorescent hues. A tangerine cigarette trouser paired with a shift t-shirt stole the show, whilst clashing pansy, rose and daisy patterns transported us to a fresh summer garden. Wide rimmed wayfarers topped off every look, giving an edge of contemporary cool.
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Later in the day, Marc Jacobs gave us his second instalment of fashion genius in the shape of his diffusion line, Marc by Marc Jacobs. This was one of the few runway shows of the day to exhibit softer pastels, but boho scarves and asymmetric fabric layering added depth and a riot of colours. A mix of country edge and boho chic created a great sense of originality in the collection. Proportions were played with, namely in the guise of a pair of high waisted paper bag trousers, belted with a simple cotton scarf. The highest of high heels in shades of pillar-box red and crisp white added that hint of luxury that we all love to see from Marc Jacobs.
Tory Burch acted as the queen of summery patterns and may have started a trend with her gorgeously girlish gingham prints. Full skirts, cropped t-shirts, city shorts and blazers all came together to create a wonderfully cohesive collection of smart casual separates that would make stunning additions to our office wardrobes for the S/S13.
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Season after season, bridal couture Goddess Vera Wang has proved her status as a talented and classic designer of ready to wear collections, and this season she truly excelled herself. Taking a different route from the other designers on the scene, Wang opted for rich opulent colours interspersed with flashes of white to create an oddly clean and fresh womenswear line. Cutaway laced overlays added texture and depth to pencil skirts and dresses, and structured vest tops and blazers balanced out the overly feminine tones of the line. This was a collection to remember.
Victoria Beckham has already turned heads this season with her principle collection, so we all waited with bated breath for her diffusion line yesterday. Completely opposite to her main line, Victoria by Victoria Beckham gave us a selection of wonderfully light, elegant and modern mini dresses in an array of easy to wear fabrics. Faded tie dye styles gave us a softer way to wear brighter shades, and her sky high platform heels showed how we could work the dresses as a part of our eveningwear wardrobes.
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Tomorrow brings us the penultimate day of New York Fashion Week, and with big hitters Anna Sui, Marchesa and Proenza Schoulder getting ready to take their places on the runway, it's looking to be an incredibly exciting day for fashion.