Autumn/winter 2013 has amazingly cool things in store for us, as the third day of New York fashion week also shows - here's part one, any favourites for you?
Wearable pieces bathed in rich colours, complete with monochrome, animal prints, cool leather bikers and a jumble of geometric prints. It's what progressive music is to rock and roll - the roughness of the roots is there, only put together more lovingly, with extra inspiration, sophistication and indulgence. This aesthetic and spirit tend to hit a chord with my kind of girl, the rocker with vivid dreams.
Even though you are getting used to living in bikerland for years now, you won't miss the exquisiteness in the tough, the nipped-in and the relaxed tailored approach of this collection. Besides bikers, there is monochrome, as well as navy & black smart combos, leathers, military buttons, blazers, coats - super-relaxed and super-smart at the same time.
Tribune Standard The vintage oriental style - or modern Miss Saigon, depending on how you look at it - is not all picnic for everyone, especially with the silk satins, the knits and the tweeds. However, I do love all the killer looks where there is jacquard or colour/fabric blocking involved. It's there that the clever cuts and styling can really come across - would proudly wear them all.
Ah the sleekness, and that subtle quirk! Not the easiest thing to carry off, but this is what we should all be working towards. The almost classic check prints and the jacquard hints are as cool as they can possibly get.
Kate Spade New York
Finally, you can make like a teenage First Lady in fun and preppy 1960s separates, layered motif tees, 1950s prom dresses and spot prints, crazy colour blocks and loud 1970s touches and much more - yes, Kate's offerings are a kaleidoscope of fashion eras. But it's all well, you know, all work and no play...
Fierce layers and tough structures in leather, combined with drapey, fluid fabrics, quite right for now but near the edges of the spectrum - think Ann Demeulemeester dipped in strawberry sauce, or the "easier" leather numbers by pre-Sarah McQueen, artfully bleached or dip-dyed... A tough cookie but you can really see the draw. Check out all the white, red and the ombre, swoon.
Structured dressy military leathers, sharp white collars, furs, then lace print panels, monochrome, pleats, feathers, softening as the collection progresses. Mouthwatering details, as you would expect, a stylish wrecking ball, all set to knock you off your feet.
Slouchy smart black on black, classic masculine suits, fabric panels divided by zips, which are also used as embellishment. "Pointy" hem jackets, leather sleeves, dresses are either simple or structured by a multitude of seams. In a sea of black a few other colours are afloat - oxblood and navy, and a flash of white. Be smart but take it easy.