New York Fashion Week Spring ’13: Rachel Antonoff’s Warm Weather Kitsch

September 10, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring '13

Summary: Rachel Antonoff‘s SS13 presentation was a faux-grass lined labyrinth of models dressed in the designer’s country-club chic collection, performing scenes from the greatest hits of summertime activities: badminton, tennis, picnicking, manicuring shrubbery, carving hearts into a tree and other displays of Hamptons-inspired warm weather kitsch. These stylish little vignettes even came with their own titles: “Tennis Elbow Square,” “Powers of 10 Picnic,” “Earthquake Garden,” “Cherry Tree Corner,” and Cake Cove.” While the clothes remained straightforward and simple: light cotton dresses, easy separates and sweatshirts emblazoned with “I’m With Her,” Antonoff’s creative presentation built a portrait of world that highlighted the collection’s subtle wit. The models were clearly given the direction to be blase despite their active endeavors, an effect that was at first distancing, but which developed into the creation of a coy caricature of idealism, undercut by Antonoff’s quirk. Slouchy, widely pleated, harem-esque jeans and patterned visors added a welcome element of retro charm – a vintage aesthetic that delivered a polite nod to the hipster in all the best ways. Other favorite looks included a halter-top, wide-legged jumpsuit with a center cutout and a white, A-lined skirt with the perfect amount of structured volume and flounce. Thanks to a collaboration with Bass, the different variations on the oxford were excellent – I would have loved to take home every pair. All in all, is this collection legendary? No. But the shapes are great, its mood carefree and Antonoff’s world a delight.

Colors: Beige, white, salmon pink, red, charcoal, denim blue, black, green, olive, burnt orange

Fabrics and Textures: Denim, cotton, leather, jersey, peplum, prints, sheer, cut outs, transparency, pleating, seersucker, overlay, linen

Key Looks: Halter top black jumper with wide-legged pants and a center cut-out; Black, sleeveless, slightly v-necked blouse with green and yellow printed wide-legged culottes; Printed red tee with white design and a white, A-lined skirt.

– Amanda Aldinger


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