New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 Roundup

Saying that monochromatic black and whites featured extensively in the collections is a bit like saying that there was a lot of fur this season. It would be stating the obvious in the grand scheme of fashion. Of course, one could talk about how Proenza Schouler opted for variations of the two and Calvin Klein kept the palette to blacks, or about the fact that Victoria Beckham also pushed for darker blues, greys and black, giving a spin on the palette with the occasional pop of yellow. One could also go on and on about the various colour combinations. This would be all good and well in a trend report, but what do people actually look for when exploring the collections - other than colour?

Is it silhouette? The focus seemed to be on simpler silhouettes like looser, A-line shapes - as seen at Proenza Schouler, where layers of fabric were cut asymmetrically but still allowed feminine figures to show through. This style applied to coats and tops that were casually layered like at 3.1 Phillip Lim. This season, silhouettes were not only great for their simplicity but also for their ability to let the female form shine.

Prabal Gurung's designs also stood out for their strong silhouettes and mixed textures (satin with wool, for example). What's more was that he made some combat-worthy accessories such as leather harnesses and crocodile/python strapped boots with lace - as did Alexander Wang. So this season for New York could be said to be all about the 'warrior' accessory. Speaking of accessories, the totes at Victoria Beckham are the opposite of being warrior-like but are covetable nonetheless.

Evidently, while there are many seasoned designers in New York and they all offer something to covet, in a roundup report like this, the tendency to reduce the designers to a category or to deconstruct the meaning behind each designer's work is equally likely, in which case the wholesome meaning behind a collection can be easily overlooked.

Proenza Schouler Look 16

Proenza Schouler Look 16

Proenza Schouler Look 21

Proenza Schouler Look 21

Proenza Schouler Look 25

Proenza Schouler Look 25

Proenza Schouler Look 27

Proenza Schouler Look 27

Victoria Beckham Look 11

Victoria Beckham Look 11

Victoria Beckham Look 12

Victoria Beckham Look 12

Victoria Beckham Look 13

Victoria Beckham Look 13

Victoria Beckham Look 17

Victoria Beckham Look 17

Prabal Gurung Look 10

Prabal Gurung Look 10

Prabal Gurung Look 14

Prabal Gurung Look 14

Prabal Gurung Look 31

Prabal Gurung Look 31

Prabal Gurung Look 36

Prabal Gurung Look 36

Rodarte Look 3

Rodarte Look 3

Rodarte Look 5

Rodarte Look 5

Rodarte Look 10

Rodarte Look 10

Rodarte Look 12

Rodarte Look 12

Rodarte Look 17

Rodarte Look 17

Rodarte Look 27

Rodarte Look 27

Rodarte Look 30

Rodarte Look 30

Rodarte Look 32

Rodarte Look 32

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