Fashion

09.14.12

6 Lessons From The Spring Runways: New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013

Clothes came down the runway in a variety of splashy colors, with elaborate brocades and farfetched inspirations. But what will actually trickle down? From earcuffs to arm parties, hippie-prep to latex, six things you may actually see next Spring.

1. It's The Season of the Arm Party: All of those lanyards you've amassed over the summer? Old bracelets gathering dust in your jewelry box? Well, layer them on. At the Rachel Roy  and J. Crew presentations, both held Tuesday morning, one thing was clear: next Spring is about the return of the wrist. Boy. Band of Outsiders featured similar lanyards in its Saturday show, which lent everything a beachy, casual vibe. 

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Accessories by J.Crew and Rachel Roy during New York Fashion Week, September 11, 2012. (Getty Images (2))

2. Put A Scarf On It: After dazzling audiences with stripes and a nod to Edie Sedgwick in his signature collection last night, Marc Jacobs' line for Marc by Marc Jacobs was all about cool contemporary fashion for today's street-style generation. Yes, there's an art to the way he played up casual accessories, namely scarves-- brightly colored doo-rags wrapped around models' heads coupled with equally bright but mismatched patterned neck scarves, or scarves worn as belts.

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A model walks the runway at the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Lexington Avenue Armory on September 11, 2012 in New York City. (Andy Kropa / Getty Images)

3. You Might Be Wearing Latex A Year From Now: Oscar de la Renta's runway usually features tulle confections that take over the entire runway. Which is why it came as a surprise when Karlie Kloss opened his show wearing a red latex shirt tucked into a pencil skirt. Was this the right show? Though the collection eventually included a fair amount of drama, a sleek streak ran throughout -- and, as models traversed the runway with pink hair -- some wondered whether de la Renta might be going punk. 

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A model walks the runway at the Oscar de la Renta spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 11, 2012 in New York City. (Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images)

4. The Rise of the Dangerous Earrings: Cuffs are no longer something to wear on your way to prison. It's the earring to have next spring -- and the stranger, the better. On Rodarte's runway on Tuesday afternoon, Kate and Laura Mulleavy debuted dragon ear cuffs that would make even Lisbeth Salander proud. 

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Models walk the runway during the Rodarte Runway Show during the Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Zach Feuer Gallery on September 11, 2012 in New York City. (Fernanda Calfat / Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

5. When In Doubt, Go For The Gold: Vera Wang's "Out of India" spring collection--a spectacle of opulence and luxury--was not, as several fashion reporters speculated after the show, inspired by a visit to the far eastern country. "I was in search of a place that felt very foreign to me," Wang said backstage. "It wasn't about a sari. It was about a mood." Indeed, there was nothing literal about her romanticized vision of a modern India: hand-pieced lace sheath dresses in chartreuse and cypress green with jeweled accents; damask faille pajama trousers; gold hammered bullion tops and brocade jackets. The most decadent standout pieces will likely be sought after by Wang's numerous celebrity fans, including Kim Kardashian and Beyonce, who didn't make it to the show this year, though Kim praised the collection on Twitter. Elsewhere on Tuesday, Naeem Khan sent several golden sparklers down his runway.

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Models walk the runway during the Vera Wang Runway Show during the Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage Lincoln Center on September 11, 2012 in New York City. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
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A model walks the runway at the Naheem Kahn fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 14, 2012 in New York City. (Jemal Countess / Getty Images)

6. Turn Up The Trustafarian Chic: As Tory Burch said of her collection, it's "American prep meets magpie traveler." That translated into an assortment of beachy dresses, raffia, fringe, and big beads that tiptoed the line between hippie and preppy.

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Models display creations by designer Tory Burch during the Spring/Summer 2013 New York fashion week in New York on September 11, 2012. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)