NYFW COVERAGE: A birdcage never looked so pretty…

Good Tuesday, my sweet readers! Only three days left and it will be a wrap for NYFW. Thankfully, we still have London, my Milan and Paris. This is our third “runway reviews” post and so far, I couldn’t be more delighted with the Spring 2013 collections. Today I have for you an interesting mix: nature-loving Thakoon, a more mature and fabulous Posh Spice, Tibi’s nonchalant chic, Derek Lam’s texture parade and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s eclectic charm. Now, before I say too much, let’s get this thing started!


Faithful to his origins, Thakoon always adds that special spice to his shows. His Spring 2013 collection was no exception. Clearly inspired by nature (Spring screams for beautiful flowers and birds), the designer sent out the runway a mix of lively prints, beautiful layers, an interesting texture mash-up and a color palette so diverse it only made things more interesting. Spotted: sky blue makes an appearance, again. As for the trends: sheer madness, jacquard, lace appliques, flared skirts and peplums. What’s not to love?

The most interesting and beautiful thing: birdcages took the form of dresses for his opening looks. Another thing we loved? The wallflower print jumpers with the transparent detail. For the shoes, thick double strap shoes (big accessory trend so far). Overall, it was feminine, sweet, romantic and garden-inspired (I love all things garden-inspired). To me, Thakoon really captured what Spring should feel and look like.


If she keeps this going, she might become the next best thing. Sure, she is a singer turned designer, lucky enough to have England’s resident hunk as a husband. That always helps steal the spotlight! But Victoria Beckham has proved to be more than a celebrity with a budget (think Jessica Simpson and her Louboutin knock-off “designs”), she has creativity, drive and talent (whether she is behind the line or there is someone else, we are so buying the whole act). For her Spring 2013 show, she concentrated more on the details than on the colors. No prints and a four-color palette: poppy red, black, nude and white. Clean silhouettes, perfectly tailored shapes, lingerie inserts, flared skirts (big trend alert) and the nude booties were among the elements she presented on the runway. It was effortless chic all the way. Big kudos to Vic, she really killed it this time!


Tibi is the ultimate indulgence for the cool kids out there, think blogger Aimee Song with her cropped skinny jeans, ankle-strap, barely there sandals and killer set of pins. Amy Smilovic kept prints to a minimum this time, it was all about the leather, the color blocks, the leg-flashing garments, the perforated details and the flared skirts. Doing what she does best, it was street chic all the way. Expect pieces of this collection all over the blog scene next season, not only because it’s fabulous, but because it’s more affordable than that $5,000 Balmain jacket we constantly weep for. The highlight: how she worked that pink and yellow with the rest of the muted colors.


Call it the clash of the textures, that’s Derek Lam’s Spring 2013 show. With a color palette so lively and diverse (mustard, crimson, bright blue, bright yellow) and bold shapes and details, the designer managed to make a strong statement on the runway. Far from his California-inspired Spring 2012 collection, Lam gave this one a Fall feeling. He paired up detailed pencil skirts with oversize, sleeveless sweatshirts (my favorite part of the show). His Spring trench coat will be among the coveted items for next season and his printed shifts will definitely follow behind. It was an easy to wear and sporty-chic collection. Everyone will be wanting a piece of that, for sure!


Perhaps one of the most interesting collections so far, different from anything we’ve seen from Phillip Lim before and with so many elements to take in at the same time. From the delightful micro-floral print to the game of textures, it was complexity at its best. Inspired by Dada-ism and its influences, the collection had that rocker chic vibe with a touch of grunge.

Layers, inserts, sheer details, built-in garments, print mash-ups, texture mix merged, resulting in total careless chic. My favorite part: the I heart Nueva York t-shirt and the sweater, floral bomber he paired up with a tee and a skirt. For the shoes, as eclectic as the rest of the collection. It was unexpected, but in a good way (a great one, if you ask me).


The thing I love about the army jacket trend, is that I get to girlify it as much as I want. What better way to play with it than by pairing it up with a lace dress with floral details. It may sound weird, but it seems to work. To add another twist, lace-up shoes are the perfect match. For accessories, keep it simple and golden. What do you think?

For all the details on today’s look, go to FASHIOLISTA

It’s a wrap for today! 15 reviews down, and so many to go! The Spring 2013 runways are in full bloom and we couldn’t be more excited. Be sure to check back for more new fashion, trends and more! Remember, the Seven Deadly Sins: blogger edition will return soon!

Sweet kisses…

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Romwe, Zara, Proenza Schouler, Topshop, Dior

All texts, illustrations and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site


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