Despite the tornado warning, Saturday (Sept. 8) at New York Fashion Week saw some of the hottest collections and front row dwellers yet. Keep your eyes on The Hook to find out which trends and b
eats took over the runway each day and see where stars like Alicia Keys, Natasha Bedingfield, Lil' Kim and A$AP Rocky spent NYFW.
Edun, the label founded by U2 rocker Bono and his wife, stitched together a sweet and sour spring collection Saturday at NYFW. Created in 2005, the hip young label was founded to promote change through a trading relationship with Africa. At first glance, the new spring line appears soft and welcoming, but then stings with a sour bite. Delicate fabrics like silk and chiffon are juxtaposed with dark cargo slacks and structured utility vests.
Sitting front row was Alicia Keys, who jetted over to NYFW after her dazzling performance at the VMAs Thursday night. Keys stayed on trend in oversized round shades, a billowing white blouse and white pants detailed with a black racing stripe. R.E.M. vocalist Michael Stipe was also front row to support Bono, wearing an all-white look. He accented the look with a blue and red checkered shirt and glasses with orange lenses.
What is gray, gold and tight all over? Lil' Kim's outfit at the Mara Hoffman spring 2013 show. The controversial rapper attended the show in clothes that contrasted Hoffman's energetic and bright collection. Kim missed the mark in a gold ankle-length dress and white shirt under a skin tight gray vest. "My outfit is Ralph Lauren & my shoes are Versace today for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week," Lil' Kim tweeted Saturday afternoon. Her fashion blunder was a bit of a let down, especially because Buffalo, N.Y. native Mara Hoffman created such a sweet, tropical, playful look for spring 2013.
As DJ Brendan Fallis was spinning a medley of Niki & the Dove, Lykke Li, and Ladyhawke, a feminine spring fantasy blossomed on the runway at Jill Stuart's show. White, peach, nude and teal colors took form on ladylike lace, sequin and silk dresses. Theophilus London sat front row, watching models strut down the runway in Stuart's subtly sexy lingerie-inspired collection. London brought his unique fashion swagger to the runway, rocking a dapper white shirt, red pants, black wide-rimmed fedora and his own design of limited-edition Del Toro slippers.
Songs by Baauer, Jay Fay & Ra Cailum, and DJ Sliink played as an unrestricted bondage-tinged collection ruled the catwalk. Alexander Wang threw an S&M rave at his spring 2013 show, where the attire consisted of white boudoir-inspired leather creations decorated with cut-out racing stripes and laser-cut flourishes.
Rapper A$AP Rocky brought some swagger to the show's front row in a black suede and leather Alexander Wang shirt, dark jeans, a backwards black cap and gold accessories. Die Antwoord frontwoman Yo Landi Vi$$er added some edgy flamboyance to the front row in a mask of white netting under a black hoodie. Vi$$er collaborated with Wang last year for a spring 2012 campaign video.
Music arranged by Brad Walch played as pale pink tulle creations and ripe yellow leather dresses strutted down the runway at Christian Siriano's spring 2013 show. The untucked ballet theme was a bit lighter than past Siriano collections and was truly a breath of fresh air.
Singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield sat front row in a black Christian Siriano dress with leather bodice and slicked back hair. Her makeup was minimal -- just a sweep of smoky gray eyeshadow. "I loved the collection," Bedingfield told Billboard after the show. "The music was a perfect accent to the line -- dramatic and beautiful. I can definitely see myself wearing this collection."
Katharine McPhee sat front row at Rebecca Taylor's spring 2013 show as breezy lavender and coral-colored dresses and tops filled the runway. The former "American Idol" contestant and current "Smash" star was dressed quite unseasonably in all-black jumper. Taylor's spring looks nodded to the florescent and feminine aesthetic of the '80s, as models walked to tunes by MFSB and the Salsoul Orchestra.