A Week of Hits, Misses and 'Bootdals'
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Narciso Rodriguez had several memorable loose-bodied, color-blocked dresses. Michael Kors hit the trends with bold stripes and blocks of color.
As New York Fashion Week prepares to conclude Thursday, there have been plenty of charming clothes, and some meager edging forward among designers.
The Spring 2013 fashion collections also included plenty of trends from seasons past. That is prompting some fashion insiders to grumble that America's designers are playing it safe with consumers.
Trends of New York: Hits and Misses
"Everyone's still doing color blocking. It's just the same old thing," says Maren Hartman, top U.S. trend analyst for WGSN, a London-based fashion consulting firm.
That's a bad scenario for retailers: Pushing fashion forward means people need to go shopping to stay on trend.
Still, there's enough variety in New York that Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, warned against griping.
"I don't think you can make sweeping generalizations anymore because there are so many types of designers in New York," says Ms. Steele, who was seated front row at Narciso Rodriguez scouting for looks to add to the museum's collection.
Next week, we'll see what London designers have to offer, followed by Milan and Paris. It will assuredly be entirely different.
But before the next 30 days of spring fashion, here are some of the blue ribbon and red flag moments of New York's Spring 2013 showing:
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