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?