Fashion Week Friday kicked off early with two stellar shows at Milk Studios. First, I caught the NAHM show, designed by Nary Manivong and Ally Hilfiger—Tommy Hilfiger’s daughter. The legendary Mr. Hilfiger was there, too, and genuinely beaming like a proud father at his daughter’s school recital. But this collection wasn’t child’s play by any means—in fact, it just might be NAHM’s best range yet. All-over egyptian and floral prints had the cult capacity of a Prada collection, and the matching wallpaper was a genius touch.
Next, I swung by the Pamela Love presentation, which featured four models decked out in unbuttoned overalls (a welcomed throwback) and drenched in more of the designer’s luxurious armor. While the collection definitely included Love’s signature tribal edge, the show’s fog-fueled setting and the subtle futuristic touches in the jewelry felt very steampunk, in the best way possible. Highlights included the stone-set chokers and geometric bibs:
Resort season has always been my favorite season for fashion because it’s that in-between stage when designers can unapologetically churn out a look that channels the love child of spring and fall. Think long-sleeved mini dresses, shorts with loose knits, slacks with tanks, lightweight suits, etc. And prints! Designers really get down with prints here. Case in point: these gratifying graphics by Preen, Marc Jacobs and Suno. Read on for a few more trend takeaways.
Obviously traumatized by Angelina Jolie’s right leg fiasco at the Oscars, NAHM, A.L.C. and Reed Krakoff all took a subtler approach to skin-baring slits.
From slithery silk onesies to sleeveless florals to what can only be described as "lab chic," Theyskens’ Theory, Thakoon and Band of Outsiders all jumped on the jumpsuit train this season.
Perhaps in homage to the late and great Donna Summer, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors and Belstaff debuted disco-friendly looks that were heavy on the metals.
Design junkies, rejoice (or recoil). Pantone hath spoken, and in the wake of the bright, “spirited” Tangerine Tango that served as the chromatic marker of 2012, they have announced Emerald as the Color of the Year for 2013, chosen to promote “insight” as well as “balance and harmony.” And green is usually associated with calm with these things, right? That might be good. Everyone could use a bit of calm right now.
In the announcement from the Pantone Color Institute, Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman noted that in addition to its place in the natural world, “the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum. She adds:
"As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors."
For color trend junkies (is that a thing if you’re not in the design world?), Pantone will be collaborating with Sephora on a beauty line and jcpenney on emerald-tinted home-wares and linens, and in the fashion world the color will appear in some works in the spring spring collections from Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, Barbara Tfank, NAHM and Marimekko.
So, there you go. Emerald is the new “it” color. It’s been a good run, Tangerine Tango. Ride off into the sunset, where you will probably blend in quite well and be difficult to distinguish.