A row of girls stood side by side, wearing oversized bejeweled headphones while all nonchalantly bobbing their heads to what was surely upbeat, energetic music. But this wasn’t a scene from the hippest train station ever – it was W118 by Walter Baker’s Spring\Summer 2013 presentation, which took place earlier today.
As show-goers crowded the room with iPhones and SLRs alike, it was hard not to look at the clothes and wish the time they were intended were right now. Baker seemed to have designed this line for an uptown girl with downtown tendencies. She’s young and likes to walk to work (when she isn’t jetsetting around the world), and isn’t afraid to make a statement. As show attendee Krystal Bick, a blogger of This Time Tomorrow, said “I could see a lot of girl walking down the street wearing this, going to work with headphones.”
Colorblocking is an integral part of the Spring/Summer 2013 line, and many of the outfits packed a tropical punch, featuring graphic prints bold enough to make you long for summer already. The high lo was still ever present, as were neons, sporty mesh, and a more demur version of peplum, which looked more like a simple skirt to tops than the exaggerated shape we’ve become used to. Silhouettes were varied – some spoke to your summer vacation in airy, flowing shapes, while dresses over pants and short suits were more tailored and structured…presumably for when the vacation is over. You can take the spirit of W118 by Walter Baker anywhere.
Bags from Baker’s latest expansion in the fashion industry were were minimal in design but also shown in equally punchy colors. Many featured short handles so that the wearer would always have her bag at bay.
Another show-goer, Yanina, pointed out that while the collection was easy on the eyes, it wasn’t original, as it harkened back to trends from last year’s spring/summer collections: Pointing to a colorblocked shift, she said “This is not his own design.” In a way she was right – we’ve seen colorblocked shift dresses before.
But while the collection couldn’t please everyone and Yanina certainly had a point, the way I see it, you can never have too much of a good thing.
Photos by Sarah