New York Fashion Week kicked off the Spring/Summer 2013 campaign with a succession of nearly 300 runway shows in an electric atmosphere. Donna Karan and DKNY, Marc Jacobs and Edun were all at the top of their design game. Clearly inspired by New York’s avant-garde spirit, the collections were innovative with a modern allure that was equal parts chic and relaxed.
In a week packed with sensations, New York lived at a frenetic pace as shows frequently morphed into happenings. At Marc Jacobs, models with an Edie Sedgwick look stomped down the runway to the choppy soundtrack of The Fall’s Copped It. DKNY opted for a New York backdrop as Donna Karan created a quieter ambiance for her show.
The New York woman dresses with disconcerting self-assurance, suggesting a summery, quasi-futuristic trend for fashion. Feminine and sensual, the looks were crafted with layering and transparency, marked by striking graphic prints. The silhouettes were fluid and structured, the clothes exquisitely sophisticated.
The Donna Karan show was a blend of softness and melancholy with long dresses and plunging necklines. At Edun, statuesque urban Amazons were decorated in colorful ethnic motifs. With an eye for eccentricity, Marc Jacobs revisited 60s stripes in black and white, while DKNY proposed models dressed in sexy sportswear.