Top 5 Trends from the Spring/Summer 2013 NYFW

Another New York Fashion Week has come to a close in New York.  As the fashion crowd continues with the rest of fashion month, is bringing you the hottest trends right off the runway!  Everything from color and romanticism is back along with leather–yes, leather–in the spring/summer.


Stripe stories popped up on a couple of runways with unconventional pairings and different concepts that made audiences look at stripes in a new way. A 60s renaissance with faded stripes and Warhol references, along with leather stripes and transparent striped boots has become all the rage. Moving forward, implement stripes into your wardrobe in moderation and let the embellishment of the stripes themselves do the talking.

Designers of Note: Marc Jacobs, Y-3 by Yamamoto, Alexander Wang, DVF, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger

Orange is the New Red

Red was the go-to color for so long in terms of giving a look the splash it needed, but orange hues were popular this season as designers began showing more of the color for their presentations. Orange is the new red,  and as a trend it is more practical because it can easily transition to the fall/winter when paired with other earth tones. Designers are predicting through their presentations, that orange is going to be here for a while.

Designers of Note: Thakoon, DVF, Edun, Carolina Herrera


This trend isn’t going anywhere soon. Leather harnesses that could recall any erotic story a la 50 Shades, create an intrigue for the season giving customers as much depth and intrigue as any protagonist. Furthermore, the leather separates are light enough to give people the best of both words – the functional elements of fall/winter, with the conventionality of spring/summer.

Designers of Note: BCBG Max Azaria, Jason Wu


Flats are a funny trend, because if not done correctly, the trend can easily be miscommunicated, leaving the audience with a bad taste in their mouths. But this season, designers offered flats to finish looks on the runway and it worked. Obviously, flats are the more pratical choice in terms of ready-to-wear, but it isn’t always the fashionable choice. This season’s showings proved that at least for a while: Flats are in style.

Designers of Note: Tory Burch

Dreamy Princess Dresses      

Designers are going back to the princess-cut gowns – those big dresses that leave a lasting impression. But they seem to be giving them an update, making them contemporary and trendy. The dresses are easily garments that girls of all ages would want to wear.

Designers of Note: Oscar de la Renta, Christian Siriano, Jason Wu

–James Sanders

James R. Sanders is a freelance journalist and stylist based in New York. He writes for both online and print publications. He obsesses over social media and is finally finishing up his first novel about vaudeville and revenge set in the 20s. Check out his fashion blog here:

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