NYFW Spring 2013: Badgley Mischka, Betsey Johnson, Emerson & Norisol Ferrari

Whenever I think of Badgley Mischka, I think of extreme formal wear and dresses.  I'm not complaining but that is what I have come to expect from this staple of New York Fashion Week.  And the Badgley Mischka boys gave us exactly what we wanted but a little bit more. The stand out looks from this show were actually the seperates...including sweatpants!  Even the most casual garments had the special flare of the label (i.e. gold, embroidery, bedazzlement) so nothing seemed out-of-place or entirely unusual, just refreshing and ever so romantic.

It is a life goal of mine to go to a Betsey Johnson show.  The Queen of all things kooky did not disappoint this year and though she may have given us some pretty strong insight into the reasons she ended up filing for bankruptcy this year, she also didn't let that get her down.  Bizarre props, including an actual piglet, were gleefully used by models who struck you as the type of cool girl that you were also a little bit scared of.  An insane amount of looks shimmied down the runway, each styled like a little girl who wants to wear all of her favorite things at once.  In truth, I made a point to not show you this show and the Anna Sui show in the same post because I am pretty sure all our heads would explode  :)

I had the pleasure of attending the Emerson at Lincoln Center this year and for someone who was otherwise unfamiliar with the label, I left being pretty excited about it.  I don't know if it was the inspiration or the styling or the label itself but I really did fall a little bit in love.  Focused on the idea of 1970s horror films, the Emerson show did an amazing job at depicting the beautiful bad girl.  From the first look with a very cool letter man jacket to the black dip-dyed messy braids, this show was youthful and girly without letting you think for a minute that the Emerson chick wouldn't kick your ass given half a reason.  It was a collision of the 'Carrie' and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (the movie, not the TV show) in all the best ways.  And the final walk complete with red confetti to a Beastie Boys anthem sealed the deal.

Another show I was happy to attend this seasons was Norisol Ferrari.  To sum up the experience, a drum & bass version of 'Hey Big Spender' was met with outfit names such as 'Dinner with the Ex' and 'How I Got My Raise' and models ranged from new unknowns to 81-year-old supermodels who maybe made moments of the show a bit creepy but kept the entertainment up.  It was a beautiful show, as evident below, drawing on the idea of the classic Hollywood starlet.  Not ground breaking but it doesn't always need to be.

(Badgley Mischka and Betsey Johnson images c/o Style.com. Emerson images c/o Zimbio. Norisol Ferrari images c/o fashionising.com)