Now that the proverbial dust has settled down after a month-long globetrotting fashion month, it’s high time to finally assess all this information presented to us. First up, New York City.
Amidst the Ralph Laurens, Diane von Furstenbergs, Donna Karans, Marc Jacobses, and Proenza Schoulers – a.k.a. seasoned veterans – there are several designers whose collections garnered attention, praise, and murmurs of being the next great “it” designer. Who wouldn’t want to be the next Alexander Wang in 2013 – with a cult-like following to boot?
What happens when an opera singer turned pre-med student turned designer shows a collection under the bright, harshly critical, lights of New York Fashion week? Amazing, inspiring, delightfully pretty things happen. Honor designer Giovanna Randall’s fifth season (she began Spring 2012) was filled with highly covetable, yet wearable pieces as interestingly mixed as she is. It was refreshing to see floral patterns that made a strong enough statement without having to be so loud. Skirts were full, dresses were light and airy, collars were romantically Elizabethan. All executed in a modern way. Plus, models wore flat sandals – a rarity on the runway, but a relevant styling fix for women everywhere.
Although Gordon’s namesake label is only less than three years old, his resume boasts a Central Saint Martins degree, previous stints at Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford, as well as the 2012 Rising Star award from the Fashion Group International and a Vogue profile. He’s nominated for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Bergdorf Goodman and Kirna Zabete continue to stock their shelves with his garments. Manolo Blahnik has collaborated with him for the third time. The list goes on. For Spring, Gordon decided on bold, oversized swan prints, plunging v-necklines (not the Jennifer Lopez in Versace kind), and frothy lace. A favorite look: an ivory satin embossed-print top with black shimmery eyelash trousers. Did I mention Michelle Obama considers him as a favorite? Gordon just might become a household name come 2013.
In a word: Easy. Easily translatable to the real world. Easily modern and cool. While other designers have several looks that sometimes must be deconstructed into numerous individual pieces – so many layers! – Giberson scrapped that idea entirely and showcased garments that don’t warrant all the extra bells and whistles. Boyfriend jackets and blazers? Check. Ultra hip wrap-around dresses and tops? Check. Simple sequined mini dress? You can check that one too. This pure, stripped-down, slightly sporty aesthetic is right in line with Derek Lam, Helmut Lang, and The Row.
Much like singers who worry they’ll become one-hit wonders, designers who generated a lot of interest and admiration for their debut collections can suffer the same fate. Not Taylor – her second collection proved just as worthy as her debut. The clothes were smart, sophisticated, and relevant. Taylor thought about her customer and her lifestyle: What would she wear to work and on vacation? She needs pieces that can be integrated seamlessly into other key items in her wardrobe. And that’s exactly what Taylor is giving for Spring.
The Juicy Couture girl has grown up. Out with the velour tracksuits; in with the macramé, eyelet, and fringed leather. With a third season under Pamela Levy-Skaist‘s and Gela Nash-Taylor’s embellished belts, the duo is proving that Southern California style can constantly be reinterpreted in many different ways (the love these ladies have for SoCal is unconditional). This time, inspiration came by way of L.A. in the late sixties, early seventies. While the Skaist-Taylor look is targeted to a specific demographic, they’ve found a formula that works. Don’t be surprised to see more store space allocated for this brand in the coming months.
Images via Style.com