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Trend Report: NYFW Ready-to-Wear Spring 2013

Some love the Olympics, you love fashion week. Don’t worry, fashionistas: you are not alone. I too have spent my days watching live streams on my laptop and reading runway reviews (RIP homework–it’s been real). Your friends may think you’re obsessive, but fashion is for the passionate. Although New York Fashion Week is only a quarter of the spring fashion extravaganza, some trends are already too prominent to ignore. Check out my favorite emerging trends for this spring.

Marc Jacobs (Photo)

White Hot

Alexander Wang (Photo)

Since the concrete jungle is heaven, it’s only fitting that the runways were beaming with white ensembles. As some of fashion’s favorite designers showed us, the angelic pigment doesn’t always play it safe. Alexander Wang’s use of cutouts and boxy silhouettes is anything but average. In fact, it’s quite suggestive. If you’re looking for Mad Men-inspired hems with a dash of sultry sheer, look no further than Jill Stuart’s spring collection. Let’s just say that Don Draper would love your ensemble.And what about Boy by Band of Outsiders unapologetically urban maxi skirts? Ah-may-zing.

Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me

Helmut Lang (Photo)

 With an array of fresh textures, New York Fashion Week proves that touchy feely pieces aren’t just for the fall. Each of my favorite collections show a different way to wear the coveted trend. From granny-chic lace to cozy knit sweaters, Chris Benz’ collection revitalizes overplayed textures. Derek Lam, on the other hand, mixes edgy leather with softer fabrics. For an avant garde interpretation, please direct all attention to the large feathers that bombard the latter half of Prabal Gurung’s show. Helmut Lang’s plastic-esque skirts and mesh tops are enough to make you want to time travel and become a go-go dancer. Seriously. Before you invest in an awesome skirt this spring, make sure to cop a feel (of the skirt’s material, that is…get your head out of the gutter).

Ab Fab

Jason Wu (Photo)

If you thought it was time to quit your “eight minute abs” workout, think again! This spring , it’s all about donning a “take no prisoner” crop top. But let the record show that this trend can be complemented with polished pieces. Exhibit A: Jason Wu’s spicy bralettes are coupled with ladylike skirts and shorts. For a nineties twist, Tibi’s crop tops are the finishing touches to sleek pantsuits. If you’re in the market for a more modest pick, Charlotte Ronson’s midriff baring tops are perfect for you. Even if you don’t make it to the gym everyday, there are several ways to rock this trend without feeling uncomfortable.

Prints on Prints

3.1 Phillip Lim (Photo)

I love patterns of all sorts, especially when they are styled together in thought-provoking manner. Imagine my pure joy when I realized that clashing patterns are officially in. Attention trendsetters: you will be hypnotized by the crazy array of prints at 3.1 Phillip Lim. If undeniably urban patterns aren’t your thing, fashion week also offered a plethora of polished alternatives. Take a note from Nanette Lepore’s collection and treat your inner prepster with a combination of florals and gingham. When it comes to prints, there’s no way we can avoid Marc Jacobs’ latest collection. Since he is basically the definition of contemporary fashion, it’s no surprise that his personal label is filled to the brim with clashing prints. How much do you love that sequined houndstooth/striped look from Jacobs’ collection? Like, a lot. With so many tasty options, how can you ignore this trend? You can’t.

You Wear the Pants

Rachel Zoe (Photo)

As much as I adore maxi dresses and skirts, it’s about time we focus on a different bottom. Enter the trouser. As per usual, Rachel Zoe sent a frenzy of versatile pants down the runway. Fortunately, the stylist-turned-designer’s trousers can be worn with a matching blazer or separately. Vera Wang pumped up the glamour with printed slacks. Oh Vera, you understand us. However, there are other ways to rock this trend. Unleash your inner tomboy with Louise Goldin’s baggy pants – how cozy! We don’t have to say goodbye and good riddance to our favorite girly piece forever, but it’s time to put on our big girl pants and strut around campus.

What are your favorite trends from NYFW? Sound off below!


Kelsey is a senior at Boston University, studying Magazine Journalism  in the College of Communication. As a magazine junkie and fashion fanatic, she loves being a part of the Her Campus team! At BU, Kelsey is president of Ed2010 at Boston University.  She has interned for Time Out New York, Lucky, Anthropologie, and Marie Claire. Kelsey also has a fashion blog, The Trendologist, where she covers the latest trends, fashion shows, and red carpet reports. When she isn't busy, Kelsey loves hanging out with her friends and family, shopping, reading style blogs, going for a nice jog, listening to music, creating baked goods in the kitchen, watching movies, and eating tons of frozen yogurt and sushi! After graduation, Kelsey hopes to work as an editor for a fashion magazine. Follow Kelsey on Twitter and Instagram at @kmulvs and don't  forget to check out her "Catwalk to Campus" blog posts!