When Narciso Rodriguez said his Spring 2013 show would start at 8 p.m. Tuesday night, he meant it. While other designers can't manage to get their shows going until 20 or 30 minutes after their scheduled start times, Rodriguez brought the lights down and turned the music up in his show space at 8:06 — just as a final group of attendees rushed into the room.
Perhaps that urgency stemmed from all the new statements Rodriguez had to make with this show. He's never been the kind of designer who needed decorations, but this season's garments featured laminated wood paillettes that formed shimmering floral patterns on dresses and slouchy t-shirts. Rodriguez also played with color in a way he hasn't in the past. The orange tones he employed for Fall 2012 came back for Spring and breathed fire into a few garments, but those pieces were made to stand in line with a rainbow of teal, green, and pink — in addition to the ever-present black and white the designer relies on.
The clothes themselves subscribed to his longstanding love affair with the bias cut. Jackets without closures looked fresh, but a selection of nearly-sheer white dresses that featured panels of pink or black fabric displayed Rodriguez's mastery of the technique.