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NY Fashion Week: Vera Wang and Marc Jacobs shine on the runways

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Vera Wang’s out-of-India collection put a strong focus on the simple beauty of a jacket, a sheath and languid pajama trousers (another one of the week’s biggest trends). The fact that the beauty part was found in Wang’s exceptionally intricate fabrics – the soutache embroidery on the all-white looks and gold buillion details on green faille tunic tops, for example – nodded to the emerging power and influence of the East. After all, she likely expects them to be the ones who can afford it.

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A model presents a creation at the Vera Wang spring 2013 collection.

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A model presents a creation at the Vera Wang spring 2013 collection.

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A model presents a creation at the Vera Wang spring 2013 collection.

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It was a very successful mash up on 80s party kid and workwear at Marc by Marc Jacobs. The designer’s younger label has always been successful in capturing the youthful spirit and for spring, they want a light hand. Crinkled, casual fabrics (like the omnipresent railroad stripes) popped up in volumes: Literally on oversized jackets and pleated pants for women. Keffiyeh scarves tied everything together over waists and as headwraps. It was a lighter take on youth culture and one especially refreshing after this season’s dark, moody goth vibe.

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A model presents a creation from the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2013 collection.

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A model presents a creation from the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2013 collection.

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A model presents a creation from the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2013 collection.

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Skateboarders took on the half pipe at the Diesel Black Gold show, revealing designer Sophia Kokosalaki’s obsession with 90s punky skate culture. Think early Spike Jonze, where skate met art, in lots of leather and black and white. Standout looks were the motorcycle jackets and the black caged skirts and dresses which opened the show. The inspiration felt right but a few of the looks felt a repetitive and may have benefitted from a fuller exploration of the subject.

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A model presents a creation from the Diesel Black Gold spring collection.

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A model presents a creation from the Diesel Black Gold spring collection.

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A model presents a creation from the Diesel Black Gold spring collection.

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