New York Fashion Week: Spring 2013

With today being the last day of New York Fashion Week, we’re officially in the swing of Spring 2013 thanks to four exciting emerging trends: sport luxe, dark classics, graphic attitude and future romance.

Sport Luxe

Known for his urban appeal, Alexander Wang made a statement with his glow-in-the-dark finale during his Spring 2013 collection. took a moment to comment on Alexander Wang’s concept and stated that “deconstructing garments is not a new conceit in fashion … but the designer proved his authority in this collection by taking that idea in an intriguing direction that stayed true to his own streamlined, hard-edged contemporary sportif-chic aesthetic.”

Another fashion house that incorporated active wear into their Spring 2013 collection was Lacoste with a “street-conscious feel”. The International Herald Tribune also stated that Lacoste found a way to not deviate “too far from the essence of the French sportswear brand.”

Dark Classics

Grazia Daily, an online fashion magazine from the UK, described Rodarte’s 2013 collection as a “heady mix of Medieval meets motorbiker maven, looking as though they’d stepped out of an episode of Game of Thrones and into a dark and fantastical remake of Easy Rider.”

Minimalist in nature, Theyskens’ Theory still showcased a similarly powerful collection with dresses and slouchy suits featuring exaggerated silhouettes carved out of luxurious black silk.

Graphic Attitude

The Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 runway show gave an obvious nod to New York’s historical Factory days that, according to Tim Blanks of, were an “icy pinnacle of New York cool where Edie reigned as the archetypal It girl.”

Proenza Schouler, whose designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez “claimed Tumblr as a point of reference, citing its random associations and the delight-producing effects of happenstance.” Proenza also showcased bold graphic designs, but focused more on integrating varying textiles and prints.

Future Romance

The bell of the ball for Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week was undoubtedly Diane von Furstenberg with her futuristic take on fashion. Commonly known for her bohemian style and classic wrap dresses, Diane shocked the audience by incorporating Google’s Google Glass glasses on her models to film point-of-view video throughout the show. The partnership demonstrated how romance, functionality and technology can blend seamlessly.

Even Hollywood elite, such as Sarah Jessica Parker, had to get her hands on a pair of Google Glass glasses as well. Diane concluded in her Goggle Glass video that “we live in such an amazing world; things that we thought would be science fiction exist.”

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