Spring 2013 RTW

Six Must Have Pieces for Spring From T by Alexander Wang

The weather is warming up and if you haven't started thinking about your spring wardrobe yet, T by Alexander Wang is just the collection to get you in the mood. If you love mixing up your look with basic pieces this is the collection for you. Relaxed and tailored pieces like cropped trousers, tank tops and boxy blazers are perfect for work or play. I love the pleated tweed trouser shorts--so crisp! The chunky hooded sweater would be perfect slide on for a cool night at the beach.

Here are six pieces to consider adding to your closet for spring.

L to R - Sleeveless Neoprene Dress with Collar, $350.00// Chunky Hooded Sweater, $295.00// Pique Twist Skirt, $160.00//

L to R - Shiny Crepe Trousers, $275.00// Linen Stripe Long Sleeve Tee, $110.00// Pleated Trouser Shorts, $255.00//

Which items are your favorites?

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~Christy Pastore @christypastore

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: The Wrap Up

New York Fashion Week for Spring 2013 has wrapped, and now it's time to hand out the best of awards. From hair to shoes we've noted the best beauty looks and accessories that were seen on the runways. 

What do you think of our selections? Will you be trying any of beauty trends?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Jenny Packham

Viva Las Vegas! Jenny Packham's Spring 2013 RTW collection is filled with sequins and shine. Inspired by the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas in the 1960's, the designer focused mainly on a plethora of embellishments on everything from jackets and mini dresses to the sleeves of evening gowns.

The color palette for the range was mesmerizing, ranging from punchy colors like citron and tangerine orange to classic dove grey, black and white.








Looks were styled with glittering Christian Louboutin pumps, clear clutches and statement earrings. The hair and makeup for the runway show was flawless. Models had sleek low pony tails and side-swept, rolled bangs by TRESemmé.






For Packham's reserved clientele she offered minimalist options like draped cocktail dresses with sexy slits and flirty sheaths with polka-dots and peplum details.







Hollywood stars like Lea Michele, Jordana Brewster and Minka Kelly will all be looking to the British designer for glamorous red carpet gowns with plenty of sparkle. Packham's most famous client, The Duchess of Cambridge will surely snap up an elegant column gown or two, featuring delicate floral beading for royal events.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Vera Wang

The goddess of New York femininity stays true to her soft roots in her latest Spring collection. Like many other designers this season, extreme, bold colors seem to be the bond that holds the collection together. Reemerging this season with Vera Wang is the trend of lace and embroidered pieces, a staple for the designer that loves anything romantic and delicate. 

With Vera Wang, her clothes generally seem to take their shape with interesting forms and style lines. When this isn't the case, they tend to remain strikingly simple, allowing the fabrication to convey the feeling behind the piece. Amidst the spectrum of colors displayed in the show, is an electric yellow dress, free of complex engineering or patternmaking. The effortless silhouette is transformed into true fashion because of the alluring textile choice, allowing for a sexy, sheer look without coming near tasteless.



Whites and other neutral ensembles break up the flashy color story here and there, continuing their graceful personas. Here, along with a heavily embroidered skirt, is a simple top that is made interesting with a plunging neckline. The neckline is a curious addition, severe in nature, a contrast to the calm and serene flow of the other looks. It is a welcome addition to spice things up.







 Finally, I thought it would be a crime to not mention several of these icy blue looks, a color that seems to have been vacant from Spring for quite some time. Notice the classic neckline and the flattering shape of the positioning of shoulders and armholes that takes something standard and transcends it with a gorgeous fabric choice.

What are your thoughts on the collection? Let the Fashion Wrap Up team and me know, and be sure to follow us on Twitter!

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Jill Stuart

The glamor of Hollywood's Golden Age and Kim Basinger's character, Lynn Bracken in the 1997 film L.A. Confidential, provided the inspiration for Jill Stuart's Spring 2013 RTW collection.

The collection was über-romantic with details such as lace, sequins, pleats and brocade prints. High-ruffled necklines, knee-length hems and bow detailing on necklines and the waist of ensembles further enhanced the femininity of the collection.








The color palette was alluring with classic black and white, champagne, burnt oranges and dusty pinks.

Evening gowns were sensual and offered a mysterious sex appeal with lingerie inspired, curve-hugging pieces consisting of sheer fabrics and plunging necklines.






All in all the collection showcased a very different voice from Jill Stuart this season, and as always we love it. Celebrities like Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Nikki Reed and Kristen Dunst need to be picking up these pieces asap.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Diane von Furstenberg

The president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America -- Diane von Fürstenberg's latest Spring RTW collection embraces complementary colors and flowing textiles. Bright orange and bold blue embody a new year for the Spring in silhouettes that mesh the 60s and 70s along with DvF's signature wrap dress silhouette.

Styles that may initially seem dated, are taken to a youthful state thanks to asymmetry and fun with metallic gloss. One of the favorites from this collection is this metallic and color blocked look, doing fun things with the skirt hem and an interesting half flapped over front piece. As the show progressed, the initial thoughts of a certain football team's colors become a thought of the past as DvF takes the colors and make them her own.

Pants with a wrap dress top are definitely up for debate. On one hand, the shine of the cuffed sky pants scream top seller, but the drape of some pieces fall in a rushed, bohemian style that sometimes clash with the crispness of other elements of the collection. The collection also abruptly veers off from its initial color story to a world of pastels, leaving the first and second half of the collection feeling miles apart.


Overall, the Diane von Fürstenberg show is a lot more of the same, which is what one would expect from the designer. Perfect looks for next spring for those windy picnic days with the family or even rushing around the concrete jungle on a job mission. DvF is no doubt a designer that can brew feminine style inside the same pot as fashion forward New York.








 Your thoughts on DvF? Pick out some of your faves to share and be sure to follow us on Twitter for more NYFW shows wrapped up!

-Keith Christopher @_kchristopher
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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Rebecca Minkoff

There is a heatwave in New York right now, but Rebecca Minkoff dished out easy, cool-girl-sporty, mixed separates with a nod to the 1970's for her Spring 2013 collection. Inspired by the works of iconic photographer Slim Aarons, Minkoff showcased a cool palette splashed with tropical prints and spirited stripes.

There were splashes of bright reds and oranges and vibrant royal blues and greens on a mostly white canvas. Patterns were in abundance with sun-faded florals on dresses and ombré prints on zipper vests.

Relaxed and comfortable silhouettes were represented in the form of sheer blouses, drawstring shorts and slouchy jumpsuits. The sleek flare pants with embroidery down the side will be the must have wardrobe staple of the season.

Sprinkle in some girly summer tweeds and tom-boy edgy moto-jackets and you've got a wardrobe fit for the jet-set bi-coastal gal.

Looks were accented with the designers statement bags and clutches, caged booties and colorful sandals. 

No red carpet gowns from the designer, however there are plenty of casual everyday looks for celebs like Shay Mitchell, Shenae Grimes, Hilary Rhoda, Anna Kendrick and Lauren Conrad.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Prabal Gurung

New York's favorite, Prabal Gurung, debuted his latest collection for this upcoming Spring today at New York Fashion Week. Prabal is known for his classic New York style with a soft twist on the heaviness of New York's hard fashion exterior. With this collection, like several in Prabal Gurung's past, color plays a strong role in the direction of the collection's spirit. Some may recall his ever popular violet collection last year that received a great response from critics and the public alike. This collection seems to be attempting the same response but with scarlet as his color of choice.

Besides the popping of red, splattered throughout the collection, the colors and fabrications took on a dull and tired feeling (not necessarily in a bad way, but in a more old-fashioned and romantic way). The collection, at its core, is very "Prabal." For me, the standout pieces are the dresses that have a very delicate aesthetic but are streamlined in a variety of ways including color, cut, and focus put on certain areas.


For example, a silhouette one may not initially find flattering, is this black and white dress with a dropped waist. The skirt petals out with ease, offering itself as a variable to the very deliberate structure and positioning of the top, including the herringbone-like motif found at the center of some of the collection's pieces.









The final look, easily the top look of the show, almost seemed to be a nod at Giambattista Valli and some of his feathered collections in the past. The dipped feathers and wide, flowing skirt section make the dress truly come alive and prove that Prabal Gurung knows a thing nor two about femininity. What are your thoughts on the collection?


Be sure to let the FWU team and me know! Also, don't forget to keep up with us on Twitter for more of New York Fashion Week wrapped up!

-Keith Christopher @_kchristopher_
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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Jason Wu

Leather and lace is the new black and white, and for Jason Wu his Spring 2013 RTW collection was all about contrast. Striking just the right balance in details for ultra feminine and strong powerful looks, this collection combines tough leather harnesses with sheer fabrics. Wu cited Helmet Newton's provocative photographs as inspiration for this range of sexy and sweet ensembles. Seeing the legendary Carolyn Murphy open the show in a curve-hugging, sleeveless leather and lace embossed mini made that point very clear.

The collection was filled with romantic pink and cream hues as well as classic black and white and of course the "Wu Blue" or as it is more commonly known-- navy.

Lazer-cut embroidery outlined leather dresses and flouncy skirts. Lace panels were seen on tuxedo trousers, high-wasited shorts and sleeveless blouses with standout leather collars.

Looks were styled with ladylike hatboxes, netted veils, leopard travel cases, embellished heels and pearl-studded stilettos.

Wu said he wanted to evoke a "luminescent feeling" with this collection, one that caters to the strong, sexy, beautiful and confident woman. Nothing was more evident of this theme than the designers' evening wear pieces. Dreamy, lingerie inspired gowns floated down the runway adorned with leather and embellished with crystal and floral beading.

All in all Wu masterfully wove a seduction of ladylike elegance mixed with a daring edge for spring. Celebrities like Diane Kruger, Jaime King, Camille Belle and Emily VanCamp will be scooping up these designs for red carpet and promo events.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Nicole Miller

The Nicole Miller customer is a rather particular type of woman. Somewhere between trendy and conservative is where you'll find the Nicole Miller girl, and her newest RTW collection debuting Friday at New York Fashion Week stays true to the company and its aesthetic. While the customer is really halfway between two extremes, it seems it may be difficult to stick with a consistent idea with this collection where an opening of stripes segued to florals, diamonds, and even new age galaxy-inspired prints.

Where the sportswear pieces may have fallen short in their plethora of ideas and directions, the stand alone dresses are what really made this collection stand out. For example this muted vermilion and floral printed dress. The accents of graphic black and white used as style lines takes a banal floral print and turns it into something modern and fun. This dress, as well as the others within the collection, are great dresses that could be useful in a variety of social situations.



Another way the usual boring nature of florals was avoided was done at the core of their textile development team, using floral prints that faded away from reality in an artistic, almost water color effect. The structure of the dresses have been kept young and fresh by putting pattern pieces in unexpected places, keeping the style lines unique in places where the silhouette may be ordinary.







This collection, ultimately, was a hit or miss based on your opinion of the styling of the show. Looking at the pieces subjectively and on their own, there are many fun additions to a wardrobe perfect for the woman that likes to live on the edge of normal life. What are your favorite looks from the collection?






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