New York Fashion Week Spring ’13: Douglas Hannant Raises the South

September 12, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring '13

Summary: Perhaps Douglas Hannat was taking a relaxing vacation below the Mason Dixon Line when he was designing his Spring 2013 collection, because clear echoes of traditional Southern styles could be spotted at his show. Many gathered at the Robert H. Smith Auditorium in the chic Upper West Side neighborhood to see what Hannant had in store for us. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect, but what we got was a collection of matching twin sets and full-swing skirts that would’ve made perfect additions on the cast of The Help.

Hannant kept the colors bright, vibrant, and very much alive in shades of green, peach, and blue; while accents of white and black embroidery gave the pieces a modern flare. Hannant’s strategically placed ruffles at the collars and bottom skirt hems softened the tradition silhouettes, while a singular dainty ribbon tied around the waist gave a flattering cinch. Now, we can get over Hannant’s slight overly conservative styles, we couldn’t look past the less-than-perfect styling. For instance, those dramatic, oversized hats atop the models’ heads would’ve been more appropriate if it were the Kentucky Derby. At least the oversized Jackie O style sunglasses gave the look a little more class.

Colors: Clementine, white, jade green, vibrant peach, silver, azure, sapphire, and spots of black.

Fabrics & Textures: Bright prints in soft silks, layering lace, metallic satin, flowing jersey,

Key Looks: Stark white strapless dress with a full swing skirt; Floor-length, high-collar, azure floral print gown in a sheer, cascading silk fabric; Vibrant print jersey high-low halter dress.

– Laurie Espino

 Photos: WWD
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