A Wrap-Up New York Fashion Week Spring ’13 Trends

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September 20, 2012 • Fashion, Fashion Blog, New York Fashion Week Spring '13, Trends

So now that New York Fashion Week Spring ’13 is long behind us and we have had time to reflect on trends and themes, we have come to the conclusion…not much has changed since last year! This is great news if you splurged on say a light leather dress, because you can wear it again next spring! However, if you were hoping for something new (like you were burned out on mix-matched prints) you are SOL. This leads us to believe that fashion is now about throwing everything out there and seeing what sticks.

So without further ado, here are the trends we saw for Spring ’13:


Black + White at Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Narciso Rodriguez

Black + White: Pamela Rolland, Michael Kors, Naeem Khan, Reem Acra, Vivenne Tam, Alexander Wang, Tracy Reese, Catherine Malandrino, Cushnie et Ochs, Milly, Rachael Zoe, Chado Ralph Rucci, Victoria Beckham, Narciso Rodriguez, Calvin Klein, Norma Kamali, Norisol Ferrari, Dean Quinn, Ostwald Helgason, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Erin by Erin Fetherston, Parkchoonmoo

Intense Colors: Chado Ralph Rucci, The Blondes, Milly by Michelle Smith, Josie Natori, Chris Benz, Stephen Burrows

Blue: Tadashi Shoji, Alice + Olivia, Son Jung Wan, Nanette Lepore, Stephen Burrows, Helmut Lang, Nicole Miller, Bibhu Mohapatra, Libertine, Tracy Reese

Red: Emerson, Tadashi Shoji, Michael Kors, Naeem Khan, Stephen Burrows, Vivienne Tam, Bibhu Mohapatra, Dean Quinn, Ostwald Helgason

Navy: Zac Posen, Timo Weiland, Michael Kors, Herve Leger by Max Azria, Yigal Azruel

Green: Monika Chiang, Chris Benz, Alice + Olivia, Douglas Hannat, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Ann Yee, Derek Lam, Bibhu Mohapatra, Ostwald Helgason, Libertine, Catherine Malandrino

Yellow: Chris Benz, Carlos Miele, Timo Weiland, Son Jung Wan, Naeem Khan, Ruffian, Milly by Michelle Smith, DKNY, Lela Rose, Tracy Reese, Sally LaPointe, Bibhu Mohapatra, Libertine, Chris Benz

Orange: Monika Chiang, Noon by Noor, Douglas Hannant, Stephen Burrows, Diane von Furstenberg, Tracy Reese, Rebecca Taylor, Victoria Beckham, Carolina Herrera, Alice + Olivia and Peter Som, Milly by Michelle Smith, Helmut Lang, Ostwald Helgason, Libertine, Chris Benz

Pure White: Timo Weiland, Son Jung Wan, DKNY, Osklen, Yigal Azrouel, Michael Kors, Ruffian, Lacoste, The Row, Candela, Dean Quinn, Alexandre Herchcovitch

Pink: Alice + Olivia, Chado Ralph Rucci, Christian Siriano, Milly, Lela Rose, Ruffian, The Blonds, Badgley Mischka, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Libertine, Erin by Erin Fetherston

Nudes: Dennis Basso, Lela Rose, Yigal Azrouel, Bibhu Mohapatra, Chris Benz, Catherine Malandrino, Kimberly Ovitz, Katie Gallagher, Mataano

Silver: Rodarte, Jenny Packham, Milly by Michelle Smith, Bibhu Mohapatra, DKNY, Son Jung Wan


Leather at Derek Lam, Helmut Lang and Proenza Schouler

Light Leather: Chado Ralph Rucci, Reem Acra, Monika Chiang, The Blondes, Vivienne Tam, Alexander Wang, Reed Krakoff, Derek Lam, Rebecca Taylor, Belstaff, BCBG, Tibi, DKNY, Proenza Schouler, Tracy Reese, Helmut Lang, See by Chloe, Charlotte Ronson

Lace: Tadashi Shoji, Dennis Basso, Reem Acra, Rafael Cennamo, Joy Cioci, Bibhu Mohapatra

Feathers: Naeem Khan, Chado Ralph Rucci, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Libertine

Beading: Naeem Khan, Badgley Mischka, Reem Acra, Chado Ralph Rucci, Nantte Lepore, Rafael Cennamo, Jenny Packham, Farah Angsana, Marches, Bibhu Mohapatra, Libertine, Catherine Malandrino, Erin by Erin Fetherston

Sheer: Osklen, Rafael Cennamo, Reem Acra, Ann Yee, Vivienne Tam, Carlos Miele, BCBG, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler, Reed Krakoff, Narciso Rodriguez, Thakoon, Vera Wang, Nanette Lepore, Lacoste, Bibhu Mohapatra, Catherine Malandrino, Helmut Lang

Ruffles: Zac Posen, Alice + Olivia, Tadashi Shoji, Rafeal Cennamo, Charlotte Ronson, Ruffian

Mesh: Milly by Michelle Smith, DKNY, Joy Cioci, Helmut Lang


Stripes at Vivienne Tam, Michael Kors and Alice + Olivia

Stripes: Michael Kors, Alice + Olivia, Emerson, Libertine, Nanette Lepore, Yigal Azrouel, Vivienne Tam, Marimekko, Catherine Malandrino, J.Crew, Tommy Hilfiger

Python Prints: Yigal Azruel, Proenza Schouler, Alice + Olivia

Polka Dots: Alice & Olivia, Emerson, Libertine, Marimekko, Vivenne Tam

Geometric: Falguni & Shane Peacock, Ann Yee, The Blondes, Vivienne Tam, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Kate Spade, Catherine Malandrino, Erin by Erin Fetherston, Pamella Rowland

Floral: Noon by Noor, Zac Posen, Jill Stuart, Lela Rose, Candela, Nanette Lepore, Ostwald Helgason, Son Jung Wan

Ombre: Son Jung Wan, Reem Acra, Osklen, Jonathan Simkhai

Abstract: Josie Natori, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Kelly Wearstler, Yeohlee, Libertine

African Prints: Tracy Reese, Carlos Miele, Monika Chiang

Muted Florals: Costello Tagliapietra, Suno, Tracy Reese and Peter Som, Chris Benz

Colorblocking: Ostwald Helgason, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Proenza Schouler,

Checked: Alexandre Herchcovitch, Libertine, Timo Weiland

Asymmetry: Chris Benz, Son Jung Wan, Costello Tagliapietra


Bare midriffs at Charlotte Ronson, DKNY and Catherine Malandrino

Bare Midriffs: DKNY, Michael Kors, Peter Som, Jason Wu, Mara Hoffman, Edun, Charlotte Ronson, Catherine Malandrino, Edun, Band Of Outsiders, Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, Jill Stuart, Marc Jacobs

Peplums: Douglas Hannant, Alice + Olivia, Zac Posen, Rafael Cennamo, Falguni & Shane Peacock

Cut Outs: Michael Kors, Chado Ralph Rucci, Badgley Mischka, Reem Acra, Vivienne Tam, Katya Leonovich, Sally LaPointe, Catherine Malandrino

Swimwear: Mara Hoffman, Nanette Lepore, Carmen Marc Valvo, DKNY, Michael Kors, Joy Cioci

Heavy Layering: Libertine, Chris Benz, Yigal Azruel, Timo Weiland, Nicholas K

Biker Jackets: Noon by Noor, Proenza Schouler, Reem Acra, Nicholas K

Crisp White Shirts: Edun, Victoria Beckham, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Lacoste, Timo Weiland, Creatures of The Wind, Douglas Hannant

Athletic: Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Monika Chiang, Michael Kors, Lela Rose, DKNY, Milly

Slouchy or Relaxed: Donna Karan, Theyskens’ Theory, Diesel, Suno, Rag & Bone, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Yigal Azrouel, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, See by Chloe, The Row


Cat-eye Sunglasses at Christian Siriano, Douglas Hannant and Zac Posen

Cat-eye Sunglasses: Zac Posen, Alice + Olivia, Christian Siriano, Douglas Hannant

Baseball Caps: DKNY, Alexander Wang, J.Crew, Jeremy Scott, Monika Chiang

Flats: Carolina Herrera, Ruffian, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch and Victoria Beckham, Osklen, The Row

Clear Goggles: Tracy Reese, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Milly by Michelle Smith, Michael Kors


– Second City Style (Lauren Dimet Waters, Carol Calacci, Alia Rajput, Taneisha Jordan, Amanda Aldinger & Laurie Espino)

Photos: NYMag, WWD, STYLE.com

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2 Responses to A Wrap-Up New York Fashion Week Spring ’13 Trends

  1. Joyce says:

    Thanks for the great summary SSS! I always enjoy your write-ups for the different designers, but it’s nice to see it here in one cohesive package.

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