2013 Fall New York Fashion Week: 5 Things We Learned on Day 5

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Betsey Johnson and Neon Hitch attend the Betsey Johnson Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 11, 2013 in New York City.

The Hook's editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. was out on the town in NYC yesterday (Feb. 11), scoping out the latest NYFW fall runway looks and taking celeb notes along the way.

Mark McNairy Digs Country Music

Mark McNairy is known for injecting menswear with his southern charm. The designer brings a certain comfort to fashion week with the use of flannel, camouflage suits, and zebra-striped boots. This season it was no different with puffer vests and printed varsity jackets walking the runway. Adding to his southern flare, the designer played  songs by Tim McGraw, Dwight Twilley, Alan Vega, and The Dictators.

Victoria Beckham’s Into Menswear 

Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham stitched together a sharply tailored fall collection of cashmere coats, elegant tuxedo suits and geometric dresses. The sophisticated line gave a nod to menswear with collar tuxedo-inspired shirts and exaggerated lapel overcoats. Fabrics also flashed Beckham’s mannish aesthetic with grey herringbone and checked tweed materials. The body-conscious collection also had a great use of color with vivid orange splashes on maxi skirts and jackets.

Betsey Johnson Loves Richard Simmons and Elton John

“I wish Richard Simmons was coming to my aerobic fashion show.” Johnson told Billboard backstage. “I am so excited to be showing my stuff! This show is about fun clothes and great music. Check out this boxing glove that doubles as a bag.” Betsey’s runway show featured models doing aerobics in heels, pushups with sneakers on their hands and using champagne bottles as free weights. As a mix of workout fashions, party dresses, and neon-colored sneakers took to the catwalk, a fun and zesty playlist blared.

“The music is fun! It’s inspired by that song from “Flashdance.” You know how it goes,” she said before breaking into song. “She’s a maniac, maniac, maniac on the floor! And she’s dancing like she never danced before!” Our favorite beat was Elton John’s ‘The Bitch is Back,” which played as the famed designer rapped up her runway show and did a cartwheel down the runway.

Thom Browne Has a Flare For The Theatrics

The creator of Michelle Obama’s inauguration look, Thom Browne, revealed a collection steeped in drama during his show at Center548 in the Chelsea gallery district on Monday. Perhaps the most provocative, detailed and frisky line of the season, it drew inspiration from the crucifixion. Set against a winter wonderland backdrop, the show featured Victorian puff-sleeved jackets, grey suits and embroidered tights. The models’ arms were bound by red satin ribbons and their heads were topped with thorn crowns, further speaking to his bible-inspired line. 

Expect this collection to be a major hit with performers in the music industry. Everyone from Madonna, who crucified herself on stage during her “Confessions On A Dance Floor” tour, to Nicki Minaj, who arrived to the Grammys dressed as a Versace nun, should be into it.

Artists love deity-emblazoned fashion. We bet Lady Gaga will rock many of these risky and dazzlingly weird styles.

Kevin Jonas Rocked Leather at Pamella Roland

Jonas Brother singer Kevin Jonas looked dapper as he sat front row in a smooth black leather-sleeved grey blazer over a white shirt with wife Danielle, who sported a black dress and blinged out necklace. Inspired by Russian luxury, Roland’s show featured decedent brocade details, opulent jewel tones, and elegant faux furs.