NYFW Spring 2013: Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Minkoff, Thom Browne & Anna Sui

Did Prabal Gurung set the world on fire with his Spring 2013 collection?  Not really.  Did he give us some looks that we love and made us say 'I really need to be cooler'?  Of course.  Prabal is a designer that everyone is rooting for and one that is also still finding his way in this mad fashion world.  He mixed strict tailoring with ruffled chiffon (never together, just within the same show) and though it may have offered a disconnect as far as a strong aesthetic, it embodied what all females are at the end of the day...all f**king over the place.  There is something for everyone in this show but the hope is that Prabal will start to refine and really show us all what kind of proper powerhouse he is.

Rebecca Minkoff couldn't be flying higher if she tried.  And the thing is, she seems like a real good laugh so you get excited to see what she's up to.  From videos with the Man Repeller walking on a treadmill in heels to prep for fashion week to some of the coolest live music during her shows, the girl knows how to have fun.  She knows who she is and she wants us all to enjoy it with her.  What I love most about Ms. Minkoff is that she dresses her girls as she would dress herself...to an extreme.  And it totally works.  I want to be Rebecca and I bet you do too.  Now give me all these looks because I want to wear them immediately.

Thom Browne is a man I love to watch for.  He's dark and moody and odd but also refined.  His shows always make you feel a bit like you've stepped into a Tim Burton movie and sometimes that's exactly where I want to be.  Thom pushes boundaries of comfort...not in the way that Alexander McQueen did but in a more subdued and permeating way.  It may not take your breath away in the moment but it stays with you.  Sometimes the hint is more effective than the shout.  And anyone that ends a show with a Kate Bush track is more or less a God in my book.

Oh Anna, Anna, Anna!  I adore you.  Last season I had the incredible pleasure of being able to attend the Anna Sui show during New York Fashion Week (read about it here) and though the designer may be a bit too 'costume-y' for me at times, she always offers up a real show.  It is easy to get involved in what Anna is delivering and her passion and excitement is palpable as soon as you walk into the room. What I love most about this collection is that it really felt like Anna was returning to her roots.  She loves to dress the teenager who never grew up.  Nothing is too fussy and her elements of embroidery and child-like design still manage to not just peek through but stand strong.  I had given up on leggings (and rightfully so) but Anna has me questioning everything I stand for.  Thank goodness I have her.

(All images c/o Style.com)