Forget about florals because New York Fashion Week is letting in a storm of stripes next spring. As soon as Marc Jacobs’s first look was sent sashaying down the runway, we knew that American fashion’s fascination for this pattern was not a mere infatuation but a full-blown love affair. From Helmut Lang to Rebecca Minkoff, designers pounced on this opportunity to do away with the transeasonal florals and underline the kaleidoscopic hardness of stripes.
While the mention of the word “stripes” conjures images of dull lines, many designers made it their duty to re-imagine this classic pattern for spring 2013 boldness. Just as stripes appeared on a variety of garments including cargo dresses and pantsuits, no designer was alike in putting out their sartorial point of view. Jacobs’ black-and-white heavy collection for instance, took us back to the 1960’s with his array of striped garments bursting at the seams with mod inspirations. Other designers, including Suno, mixed in stripes with other prints for a successful visual collision. Tommy Hilfiger was another label to successfully exploit the allure of the pattern, churning out one striped pantsuit after another.
Although there’s a severity in how stripes can be executed on garments, several designers such as Tadashi Shoji managed to soften up this pattern by fashioning lace strips on sheer blouses. This subtle homage to the trend proved that despite its limiting and rigid aesthetic, there lies versatility as well. For some of the most stunning striped looks on the NYFW runways that blew us away, click through the slideshow above.
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