Styletracker: Days 1-4 at New York Fashion Week 2013

New York Fashion Week has been going on since Saturday, but I’ve only just managed to get around to putting together a Styletracker list. These are some of the things we saw up to Day 4 of the 8 day-long event. NYFW has always been a “safe” affair as far as looks go, with brands unleashing fairly conservative numbers for the upcoming ready-to-wear Spring collection, and this year is no different. Of course the usual suspects of the conventional Spring look such as florals, pastels, and bright colors made it, but I was happy to see the variation trends. Let’s have a look-see!

Made of Metal.

Ooh, shiny. With materials that reflect the shine of springtime sun, I guess there’s little need to accessorize with even more bling–unless you fully intend on going as a solar panel for Halloween.

Zimmerman, Jason Wu, Thakoon

Swishy Skirts.

Yes! I’m always looking forward to see what designers do with the obligatory floor-sweeping dress. Materials are light and billowy, with prints being a pretty big deal too. Rebecca Minkoff chose to stick with the usual floral print, while Mara Hoffman’s geometric tribal patterns are made even more eye-catching with bias cuts.

Rebecca Minkoff, Monique Lhuillier, Mara Hoffman

Pretty in Pink.

There’s been a resurgence of this light pastel pink shade on the catwalk; I think it’s a testament to the strength of the shade that no matter whether it has been printed on satin or silk, the person wearing it will almost always look like a ballerina.

Custo Barcelona, Zimmerman, Tocca,
Prabal Gurung, Lorry Newhouse, Marissa Webb

Monochrome Madness.

Black and white never gets old. Whether on a dress or two-piece outfit, labels have been able to recharge this classic combination with sharp angles and geometric patterns.

Yigal Azrouel, Louise Goldin, Jill Stuart,
Honor, Helmut Lang, Kenneth Cole

Show some Skin.

I hope you’ve been diligent with your TRX classes, especially if you plan on wearing the most popular accessory on the catwalks: skin. This is without a doubt the most pervasive style trend for next spring, with a return to deep V-necks, high slits, and a lot of exposed midriffs a la 2000s Britney.

Christian Siriano, Tocca, Diane von Furstenberg,
Thakoon, Peter Som, ThreeASFOUR

Days 1 – 4 were pretty but predictable, which is why my favorite piece from the first four days has to be this fringed wonder from Mark & Estel. Sure the skeleton motif is a bit morbid, but you can’t say it isn’t fun :)

What have been your NYFW favorites? Stay tuned for a continuation of trends on the runway from Day 5 onwards.