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Joy Cioci - Spring 2013

Joy Cioci - Spring 2013

Walking into Joy Cioci’s Spring 2013 presentation was like being transported to a sandy, seaside world of lace, silk, pearls, and neoprene. Inspired by glamorous synchronized swimmers of the 1920s and 1930s, Cioci mixed luxurious fabrics with functional ones to create an eclectic collection that undulated back and forth between swank and sporty. Her fabrics were aquatic but not over-the-top or forced–stingray, reef, and water reflection prints were abstracted by their own boldness, while seashell and wave decorations on silky trousers and skirts were delicate and pretty.

However, for Cioci, a New York designer who works out of her Soho studio, the magic lay in the details. Flirty mesh racer stripes broke up reef print neoprene leggings, while macramé lace and crystal pleating added sumptuousness to a cropped organza jacket. Swim cap-inspired toppers as well as long gowns made of intricate lace or adorned with clusters of pearls, were feminine and indulgent, proving that no matter how talented Cioci is at working with neoprene, in her world beauty always dominates over function.

- Courtesy: Val Bitici 

Carolina Herrera - Spring 2013

Carolina Herrera - Spring 2013

Carolina Herrera always features classic, ladylike glamour, and her Spring/Summer 2013 collection was no exception.

The colors were incredible, beginning with the palest of pastels – sky blue, seafoam green, a universally flattering yellow hue, barely-there pink – and then came the brights – tomato red, citrus and pumpkin oranges, a brilliant, lemon yellow. But, even those bold colors read yet romantic, as only a designer like Carolina Herrera could render them, set as they were upon soft, flowing silhouettes, with remarkable movement and lightness. And, though the apparel ranged so in color, the collection was still cohesive, with details from each passing look effortlessly reworked into the one following.

There were evening gowns with floor-sweeping trains, tea gowns that billowed beautifully – dresses, really, for any occasion – all of which were so impossibly gorgeous. A one-shouldered red gown included the most exquisite, sheer paneling layered over the skirt. The closing look, a fluid white dress with scroll and geometric beading at neck, sleeve, and hem, was a crowd favorite.

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J.Crew - Spring 2013 - New York

J.Crew - Spring 2013

There were perky Florida pinks and floral prints aplenty at J.Crew!  Add some neon, and the 30 looks shown at Lincoln Center were so much tropical fun, we needed a cocktail with an umbrella please! We jest (the presentation began at 9:30am, after all), but not about our love for the collection. Tom Mora, the head of women’s design at J.Crew, paired colorful flora and fauna with other eye-popping prints like stripes, skunks and polka dots (yes, skunks). With its Crayola box worth of blues, greens and blushes, the forecast for Spring 2013 at J.Crew is decidedly sunny.

But if we had to pick our top three looks to take home (or on holiday for that matter), our list would include the adorable grey and rose cashmere sweater with artist Hugo Guinness’s “darling!” scrawled across it (so apropos). We’d also go with the neon pink printed leather skirt and wonderful wildflower buttondown blouse. And, finally, there’s the emerald flowers silk twill pants and striped sailor top. This was the ensemble uber-chic Jenna Lyons was sporting at the show, and who better to inspire our would-be wardrobe than the brand’s executive creative director, modern woman and muse herself?

- Courtesy: Rebecca Prusinowski

Tommy Hilfiger - Spring 2013

Tommy-Hilfiger-Spring-2013

Go big or go home. That seemed to be the sentiment at Tommy Hilfiger’s Spring 2013 show. The iconic American designer swung for the fences with a collection exploding with red white and blue like fireworks on the Fourth of July. He used the patriotic palette on everything from tent dresses and pant suits to swimwear and casual knits, specifically in the form of stripes: thick stripes, thin stripes, stripes along the periphery of collegiate-style sweater dresses and so forth. It was heavy-handed but a whole lot of nautical fun.

Some of our favorite looks arrived at the start of the show: pajama pant suits and silky zig zag dresses with extremely flattering cuts. We also loved the halter-style one-piece swimsuits. A little sporty, a lot chic, they’re the sort of bathers you’d toss in an oversize raffia bag for a weekend in the Hamptons. They’ll look good lounging my the pool, or under Tommy’s easy breezy spring separates when getting out of the ocean and back onto the boat.

- Source: Olivia Palermo

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