We are avowed fans of the leather jacket, the skinny jean, and the smoky eye. We will never get rid of our Chucks or our faded band tees.
But three days into Fashion Week and we are feeling a strange softening inside; suddenly, florals in a range of sickly-sweet pastels, like the ones we saw at Costello Tagliapietra, pick up our pulse; skirts with tiered ruffles, as spotted at Peter Som, get us daydreaming about parasols and tea time; even amidst the sporty jackets, it's the lace-edged tunics and skirts at Rag & Bone that melt our hearts.
Welcome to the world of the New Romantics, one that we'll be seeing a lot of come spring '13. It's got the sentimentality of the Victorian era (tiered skirts, collars) with the edge of '70s revival romanticism (think Ossie Clark and Gunne Sax) and '80s New Romanticism (including bands like Duran Duran and Adam and the Ant).
The keyword is pretty--and who doesn't like to look that?--with soft-focus florals, long skirts, and delicate details like lace and ruffles. We've been seeing a lot of it, from the leathers at Veda to the dresses at Peter Som to the ruched, draped, and cinched dresses at Costello Tagliapietra (almost all in the blush pink family). Today's redux still maintains a bit of edge to it--take Suno, who paired a tiered skirt with a sharp, boxy jacket--but if you're not quite ready to fall for the New Romantics look, try DL1961's jeans for spring; the denim brand sent dreamy floral prints and gold-etched brocade-esque pants down the runway.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
Keep track of all the spring '13 trends we've been spotting here