Contrast.

Sep 15, 2012

It is so easy to discuss trends to classify an entire season; we tend to make broad generalizations that define each season as a whole. As New York Fashion Week comes to an end, I realized that this is quite impossible to do. With so many shows and designers that display their collections across four different cities, it is a difficult feat to decide on a few trends which describe a season altogether. This realization has come from examining two Spring/Summer 2013 collections closely: Victoria Beckham and Proenza Schouler. Victoria Beckham played around with quiet, self-assured silhouettes, made for the young, ambitious woman. Clean-cut lines and perfectly structured seams were the focus of the show. Beckham based the collection around three main shades: shocking tangerine, shining white, and classic black. Perfect for New York, year round. Details which added personality to the minimalist ensembles were crochet patchworks and peter-pan collars. Proenza Schouler however, took a distinctly different approach for the spring and summer seasons. The designers concocted a series of intricate dresses, with solid proportions, but the base of each dress is covered in an overwhelming kaleidoscopic of prints. They took graphic design to a different level, (which immediately made me think of Mary Katranzou!) but with a classic Proenza Schouler twist. The end result was a collage of patches and prints for each ensemble, with no restraint whatsoever. There was a certain nonchalance to the overall appearance that the collection held, but it is a far cry from Victoria Beckham's smooth and perfectly orderly apparel.   

With three more cities to go, Spring/Summer 2013 is sure to have many more surprises in store for us. This season, which look are you going for: Victoria Beckham-esque minimalism or Proenza Schouler's bold, free use of color and print? 

-M

22 comments

  1. Have you seen the makeup for them too? Differed so much! :) I love both of their looks, but I'm going to have to say that Victoria Beckham is something I'd wear more!

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  2. i love the orange skirt! what a gorgeous color! :D

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  3. Great pics! How'd you like to follow each other?

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  4. Woow, this is great ! Keep doing similar posts :)

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  5. great post, I think we have a similar style :)
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  6. Two of our favorite designers!

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  7. I prefer more Schouler's colors and prints! I don't like much minimalistic designs to be honest:)


    Chrysa
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  8. I prefer Schouler's prints and colors, since I don't like much minimalistic designs!:)


    Chrysa
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  9. Great review! I'm all about basics, but with a twist, so I'll likely have some of both in my wardrobe. Love this! Thanks for the comment :)

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  10. ahhh<3
    the second dress is love!

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  11. If i won the lottery, i would buy every piece of her collection
    !

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  12. I love Victoria's quiet, classic line and the bold, colorful prints and Proenza. You're right, it's almost impossible to classify everything, since they're all so different!

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  13. that is so gorgeous!

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  14. I love that bright orange skirt. It's totally BAM-worthy.

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  15. Fantastic post!!! love every single piece..great job!! xx
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  16. Love Proenza!!!

    Have a great day!

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  18. I think I'm going to go out on a limb and try to go for more color and prints!!


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