The Week of Chic

Jacklyn Stringham
Staff Writer

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Every September tents go up and the stars come out at Lincoln Center for the Mercedes-Benz Spring Fashion Week. Even though the days are getting shorter and our sleeves are getting longer, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little preview of what’s to come when the warmth returns. It’s clear that next spring will be full of animal print, leather, sequins, and floral patterns.

Designers came together to show case their talent and add a little pastel hue to the autumn leaves outside. The always-spunky designer Betsy Johnson showed the world that she wouldn’t be stopped by the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection she filed in 2012. Instead, she brought her designs right back to the top. Johnson featured textiles such as powder pink floral patterns that gave her pieces the notorious girly feel she has always presented so well. Her show consisted of comfortable dresses and capri pants, perfect for wearing around campus.

Designer Michelle Smith demonstrated that sometimes what’s underneath your clothes can definitely make or break your outfit. The collection Milly by Michelle Smith featured mesh skirts and jackets paired with neon bras and panties for a pop of color.

Veteran designers Michael Kors, Diane Von Fursternberg, and Rachael Zoe expectedly turned heads. Kors paired floral bandeau tops with airy maxi skirts while also presenting professional attire for both men and women. The suits could be the perfect outfit for any college student going to an important job interview. The variation between the bandeaus and suits gave Kors’ line a little sex appeal while keeping his clean sophisticated look.

A few designers also dazzled attendees. Rebecca Minkoff surprised her audience with a performance from R&B/Soul singer Janelle Monae. Monae’s music helped to add an urban flair to Minkoff’s already edgy collection.

Another showstopper of the week had to be Oscar de La Renta’s stunning gowns. Many know La Renta for his ability make a dress come alive. This year, his show started off with simple pencil skirts, but ended with haute gowns—something unexpected.. His line featured a lime- green gown with a leaf pattern that made it seem like foliage was falling from the model’s waist to the bottom of her gown. He also included a red rose dress, blooming for spring.

This year’s fall Fashion Week was a teaser for all the fashionistas out there. Even though the clothing may not be affordable, it doesn’t mean it can’t provide inspiration.

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