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Brief Published: 10 Feb 2012

New York Fashion Week A/W 12-13 Kicks Off


Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012-13 commenced yesterday, with more than 20 designers already showing their new collections for the season.

With a packed roster of over 300 collections on the schedule for A/W 2012-13, pundits argue it has become almost impossible to make every show and recognise new talent. The hefty line-up means there is a demand for new digital enterprises like KCD’s Digital Fashion Shows platform and Style.com’s Video Fashion Week that launched for S/S 12-13, both of which offer alternative ways to view multiple shows.

Providing the main catwalk season’s first confirmations of Stylus’ A/W 12-13 Protest industry trend, California-based designer Kimberley Ovitz channelled an urban warrior aesthetic instantly likened to Swedish literary heroine Lisbeth Salander, aka The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Leather jackets, loose tailoring and Ovitz’s signature draped, asymmetric dresses gave the collection a fierce direction playing on contrasting textures and shapes, consistently mixing the hard with the soft.

A commercial highlight for Stylus, French brand BCBG Max Azria once again succeeded in combining fashion-forward design with wearability. Colours including chartreuse and neon coral were combined with taupe and mink for an elegant take on contemporary colour. Wide-leg trousers, loose shift dresses, drop waists and bell sleeves created a nonchalant aesthetic, while mid-length skirts, pleating and fur outerwear provided grown-up silhouettes that retained the brand’s distinctive uptown direction.

New York Fashion Week runs until February 16 2012.

New York Fashion Week