Now that the New York Fashion Week dust has settled, we've had time to fully digest a week's worth of parties, shows, favorite designer encounters, and every heart-stopping highlight. Some of our favorite moments are outrageous, others truly iconic — but each could only happen on the streets of NYC during one of the biggest, craziest, and best times of the year. In short, these are a few of our favorite Fashion Week things. Watch on for the top 10 reasons our editors love NYFW.
For Fall 2013, Michael Kors turned out an athletic-meets-chic collection that the beauty team of Dick Page and Orlando Pita complemented with an equally strong and sexy hair and makeup look. Page reinterpreted the smoky eye, creating what he called a "block eye" with black at the corners and lighter pink toward the center, while Pita used a very interesting — and quite racy — measure to secure his long, swinging ponytails. Dying to know the secret behind the pulled-back style? Well, you'll have to watch our video to find out!
We look to Michael Kors season after season to deliver a new iteration of impeccably chic American sportswear. For Fall '13, the iconic designer looked to a bright palette and sleek silhouettes and gave us a new, highly luxurious take on typically tougher camo print. For a look at every piece from his Fall collection, watch the runway right here.
Michael Kors sure knows how to put on a show, and his Fall '13 collection didn't skimp on the sporty sex appeal. We caught up with the always-charming designer backstage before the runway show, where he let us in on his inspiration for the collection. Michael shared his musings on living in a big city, saying that you've "almost got to be like an athlete," and that the modern-day woman's wardrobe needs to look great while also being functional. We also got his thoughts on the three closet staples every girl should own — and they might make you blush. See our hilarious interview with Michael Kors now.
Michael Kors defines American luxury, and Fall 2013 was jam-packed with all the furs, cashmere, and sleek suits that his ladies love him for. With famous faces like Zoe Saldana, Jada Pinkett Smith with daughter Willow, and Hilary Swank in the front row, Kors sent out sleek sportswear dotted with bright pops of orange and cobalt amongst the black and white separates. Furs and wovens alike got a camo-print treatment, while evening had a whiff of the '80s in the form of minidresses with long taffeta trains. As always, by Kors's joyful jog along the runway, the full house was smiling, dreaming of the jet-set life his clothes are made for!
Michael Kors's Fall 2013 show: the Fashion Week moment that got Carine Roitfeld, Giovanna Battaglia, and Karolina Kurkova shimmy-shaking in their seats to the upbeat dance music on the soundtrack. Who could resist Michael Kors's patented combination of ultra-luxe fabrics and perfect tailoring, with more than a dash of private jet traveler thrown into the mix? Furs ruled, turning up in cutout stoles and camo "print" coats. Orange and cobalt provided jolts of color to black knits and tweed pencil skirts. Karlie Kloss closed the show in a jewel-encrusted mini with a trailing black train. And if that didn't make you want to get out of your seat and shake it too, maybe it's time to check your temperature.
Leave it to model and MTV's House of Style host Karlie Kloss to kick off our Grammys red-carpet coverage with just the right amount of color and sex appeal. Her bright blue cutout dress from Michael Kors's Spring '13 collection needed little else in the way of eye-catching details — the strategic skin reveals do all the talking. Thus, look to her smoky eye makeup, tousled bob, and simple silver sandals — also by Michael Kors — for the finishing outfit touches. Are you feeling Karlie's blue ensemble?
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Many fashionable Hollywood celebrities turned up the glamour at last night's amfAR Gala at NYC's Cipriani 42nd Street. The event, which helps kick off New York Fashion Week, was full of designers and celebs in stylish gowns. Ashley Greene wore a white Giambattista Valli frock while Sarah Jessica Parker went for a daring Maison Martin Margiela Couture pink dress. Honoree Heidi Klum donned a black Michael Kors number, which she wore when she chatted with the designer and her former Project Runway costar on the red carpet.
Other guests included Cheyenne Jackson, Chloë Sevigny, couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, who dazzled in a dramatic Zac Posen gown. Of course, the night wasn't only about fashion — the amfAR Gala benefits AIDS research and honors those who have made significant contributions towards the fight against the deadly disease. In addition to Heidi, designer Kenneth Cole and Janet Jackson were honored for their work with the organization.
There's no denying the ample amount of chic black and white hues spotted on the Spring '13 runways. Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors showcased sleek checked and striped prints, while others, namely Alexander Wang and Ralph Lauren, focused on cool colorblocking in the graphic palette. There will be no shortage of options to shop this coming season, but you don't actually have to wait until Spring to get the look. Just shop our editors' picks below to capture the mood (and exact two-toned scheme) now.
Left to right: Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren
These stories and more here, in our daily news roundup.
- To celebrate the launch of her ecommerce site next month, Victoria Beckham will release Icon, a capsule collection featuring the most popular dresses from her brand's history. [Vogue UK]
Diane von Furstenbergwill revive her popular collection for Gap Kids in April. [Fashion Foie Gras]
- Mark your calendars:
Barneys New Yorkhas announced that it will launch a dedicated outlet site, BarneysWarehouse.com, on Monday. [Racked]
Michael Korsplans to open its largest flagship ever later this year in SoHo. [Fashionologie Inbox]
- Picture-based social media app Pose is quickly gaining the attention — and admiration — of the fashion crowd. [Mashable]
- J.Crew has enlisted
GlennO'Brien to be the first-ever outside editorial contributor in the most recent issue of J.Crew Style Guide. [WWD]
- After her debut presentation last season, Katie Holmes's fashion line, Holmes & Yang, will not be returning to Lincoln Center this season. [The Huffington Post]
- In other Fashion Week news,
Rachel Royis the latest designer to decide to present her Fall 2013 collection in a digital fashion show; it will be available for viewing on her brand's Facebook page on Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. [The Fabulous Report]
Above: A dress from Victoria Beckham's Icon collection.