If it's indeed a tad too early for a deep analysis yet, one trend can be observed in New York for this Spring Summer 2013 fashion week. Enough "big" shows already took place and, compared to the previous seasons, the lack of new faces is quite obvious. Well, “lack of new faces” would sound like wrong words to describe the current situation on the catwalks out there.
These last twelve or eighteen months, the way newcomers used to be booked at the shows looked quite exaggerated and several casting lists were armies of inexperienced models rather than expensive line-ups. It seems things are getting back to a more balanced landscape, right in time to save the city from losing a bit of its natural prestige.
Alexander Wang didn't prepare us an all-star show twice in a row but his team of models was certainly worth a good look. The girls who opened and closed were two first-timers in New York and both were able to make a big impression. Look number one was modeled by Ford's latest Ukrainian on board, Irina Kravchenko who made her absolute debuts at Wang's gig. Last look was worn by Tamara Weijenberg from the Netherlands, a model who already impressed many by her recent editorial performance for Document magazine's freshly released first issue shot by Collier Schorr.
Another remarkable newbie to catch some attention at the show is Marilyn's latest addition: Polish (and polished) beauty Asia Piwka also got her slice of spotlights at Alexander's much awaited Spring collection. The rest of the cast was a very balanced combination of rising stars from recent seasons, models we are glad to see more again (Iselin Steiro, Meghan Collison, Bette Franke, Querelle Jansen...) and runway regulars. Altuzarra, another carefully watched show of the beginning of fashion week, had a similar casting list, similar mood when you look at the names they sometimes share (Tamara first of all, also Kayley Chabot from Ford). Zac Posen created the event, model wise, with Naomi Campbell opening the festivities and his darling Coco Rocha closing while Erin O'Connor, Isabeli Fontana, Hilary Rhoda, Alek Wek or Angela Lindvall also took part of the game.
The mood and looks were openly more womanly than Wang's youthful collection and therefore left less room to teenage newcomers. Diane von Furstenberg, DKNY, Derek Lam or Carolina Herrera all stayed true to their usual tastes, with a bit less new faces as you may have seen last season. Let's see now what Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein have prepared, knowing these two are famous to spice up their shows with their own sauces. In other words: everything can turn out differently these next few days.
CREDITS: Stylebistro, Women Management and Ford Models