The shoes!  The bags! The ridiculous outfits!  We reveled in it all, but sadly New York Fashion Week has come to a close. Throughout the week we have seen the best and the worst of what fashion can be, from the the dresses that make us drool, to the front row outfits that make us say, “Wait, you wore that?!”  There’s no such thing as a Fashion Week Yearbook (in my opinion there should be each season) but I went ahead and put together my Fashion Week Superlatives anyway... you know, just in case.


Kelly Osbourne.
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I love everything about this. Her bun is crazy and so are all the colors, but it works because of the simple silhouette of the dress.


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When New York Fashion Week and nail art combine, beauty is BOUND to happen, and at the spring 2013 shows we couldn't get enough of all the killer designs! From out-of-this-world 3D nail art to subtle stained tips, there was certainly no shortage of mini masterpieces to be found on the runway. We narrowed down our top 10 favorite designs, so take a peek at all the stellar nail art below!


Nail Art New York Fashion Week Spring 2013

Nail art from the spring 2013 The Blonds show at New York Fashion Week.
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The Blonds certainly glam it up for their runway ensembles, so of course they needed top-notch nails to match! While the models all wore different nail designs, we personally liked this new approach to the traditional caviar manicure. The red pearls are placed delicately down the center of the nail for an avant-garde take on the trend. (Also, PLEASE don't forget to take a peek at Phillipe Blond's tips. Like, we're gonna need our face painted our nails ASAP. Kthxbi.)


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Jeremy Scott

Looks from the Jeremy Scott Spring 2013 fashion show.
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The late-'80s and '90s are alive and well for Jeremy Scott's SS 2013 collection that was inspired by "The Arab Spring." While some of the looks covered faces and torsos, the religious garb was stylized to the point of camp, with swaths of fabric either featuring sequins arranged in an animal print or being entirely see-through. Similarly, the militaristic aspects of the conflagration of civil uprisings and political turmoil that have raged in the Arab world since late 2010 have blessedly not been interpreted literally. It was definitely a more "Janet circa Rhythm Nation" sort of affair.

Fitted hats were oversized and out of them swung swishy, thick braids. Boots were over-the-knee and were slick, embossed or animal print and very much reminiscent of Julia Roberts as a "safety girl." There were embroidered, curlicue metallic accents to high-waisted flared trousers and the same swirly motif became the through-line for the louche, decadent prints that gave off a retro Hermes-meets-Versace vibe. The music was similarly nostalgic, percussive, and bodacious running through Aaliyah and fellow adidas collaborator Missy Elliott's hardest hits (Timbaland 4EVA).


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Oy, Fashion Week. There's so much to pay attention to when you're out and about at the shows that sometimes it feels like your neck is going to snap from how fast you're looking from one thing to the next, but that's part of the excitement of it all, right?! *Rubs neck and grimaces* There was a lot to look at this season, but we kept finding ourselves gravitating away from the clothes and up to the hair and makeup, and there were two trends that spoke to us in particular. It's not THAT surprising that we loved these two looks, because both were also very popular when we were in our fashion coming-of-age/experimentation phase, also known as middle school. We're talking, of course, about crimped hair and bright eyeshadow. While for a long time after our youth we scorned at both of these looks, deeming them nerdy and passe, enough time has gone by (*clutches walker*) that they're starting to look fresh again. It might also be that now we're grownups and have more of a grasp on the rest of our fashion game, so we would know better than to pair either of these with, say, JNCO jeans or really puffy bangs (which should never come back, just saying). Get your crimping tools hot and your eyeshadow brush fluffed, and let's go!

Crimped Hair

Cute crimped styles that are nothing like middle school at Timo Weiland, Betsy Johnson, and Mara Hoffman.
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We're always tempted by the "stylers" in the drugstore. You know the ones, they're like combination straightener, curler, crimper, and then there are a bunch of other plates that you can switch in and out to do who knows what to your locks? We've avoided them up until now (and are unhealthily attached to our beloved ghd styler), but the runways have made us think we might have to invest in an extra tool. We saw crimped hair at Betsey Johnson, Mara Hoffman, and Timo Weiland, and we have to say, we love it. This look only works on already straight locks, we think, although it might be weird and cool (or a disaster) to try and crimp your curls. We especially love Timo's version, where the crimped hair comes as a surprise in a long, thick braid. Since it's not all in your face, the crimping is more subtle, like an extra flourish rather than a whole, bold look. We also love the idea of pairing crimped hair with a matching outfit in mixed textures, so that the concept is kept consistent in both beauty and fashion.


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Can y'all believe it's over? Whew, New York Fashion Week flew by, and our heads are still spinning from all the glorious pieces we spotted on the spring/summer 2013 runway! So far we've noticed that designers couldn't get enough of warm-weather leather and head-to-toe heavy metal, and when it came to prints, there certainly wasn't a shortage of floral and '60s-inspired patterns to serve as some serious eye candy for next season. YUM. What we noticed, though, was that no matter where we spotted prints, they were always mirrored on either side! Long gone are the days of asymmetrical patterns and solid pieces—mirror prints have officially taken over the spring 2013 runway. Let's take a look!


Mirror Prints New York Fashion Week

Mirrored print looks from the spring 2013 Vivienne Tam, Clover Canyon, and Falguni & Shane Peacock runways.
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If we know one thing for sure, it's that mirrored geometric prints reigned supreme. Vivienne Tam opted for a straight-forward geometric approach with layered inverted triangles to give her frock an updated Aztec feel, while Clover Canyon went ALL out with their detailed digitally-printed dress (WANT). Falguni & Shane Peacock took the mirrored motif very seriously by decking out their entire ensemble in symmetrical pieces—they even included a metal studded harness over the printed dresses, which totally took it to the next level.


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It's official, y'all! This Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week hath decreed it: warm-weather leather is officially a thing. While it seems impractical given the material's luxurious thickness and the season's sticky humidity, when has that stopped us before? Like, when was the last time any podiatrist cosigned a pair of HEELS? And yet, year-round fashion staple right thurr. *dusts hands off* The recent surge in the use of this fabric versus those more breathable, like, say, cotton, raises a few questions, namely whether it has anything to do with the price of cotton and/or consumers being more willing to spend a premium on leather over other materials. But we can't deny that it also just looks reeeeeally badass. The dudes, I guess, have known that for a while (remember Kanye West's debut Paris Fashion Week show? That makes a LOT more sense now), but this past week has confirmed that the leather (or leather-look!) steez is a definite do in MULTIPLE iterations for the coming spring and summer.


Leather, New York Fashion Week

Leather on the runways of Jason Wu, Mandy Coon, and Alexander Wang at Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week.
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The easiest way to get away with the leather trend is probably in the form of a leather dress. Our girl Joan Smalls gave it the stamp of approval, wearing a quilted Balmain version for her House of Style co-host announcement, and now we've seen it on the Spring 2013 runways of Jason Wu, Mandy Coon, and Alexander Wang. In dress form, you get the epidermal freedom of an open shoulder, arms that can breath, and depending on the cut, maybe even a little ventilation from an A-line skirt. The Wang version is especially ideal because the cut-outs provide that much more air circulation.


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Looks from The Blonds Spring 2013 fashion show.
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Forget fashion week, it was Shark Week at The Blonds where the high-camp, high-glamour from the tow-haired duo, Phillipe and David Blond, took a turn for the aquatic. The front row was, as always, a spectacle with Paris Hilton, Adam Lambert and Rico the Zombie Boy (clad in last season’s motorcycle ensemble) chatting amicably and posing for photos. So. Much. FACE.


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Betsey Johnson

Looks from Betsey Johnson's Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week show and retrospective.
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Sure, it was crimped hair and cat's eyes galore backstage at Betsey Johnson but there were also heaps of photographers and cameramen scrabbling for a shot of the designer who was celebrating her 70th birthday. Betsey commemorated this birthday with a 90-outfit career retrospective during New York's fashion week even amidst financial woes that resulted in the company filing for bankruptcy earlier this year.

There was nary a somber tone during the night at Espace on Manhattan's westside, that featured a musical performance from longtime Betsey bestie Cyndi Lauper and the miniature bottles of bubbly were complemented by the effervescence of a nostalgia-tinged soundtrack from our DJ for the evening—Sky Ferreira.


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Gerlan Jeans, Minnie Mouse

Minnie Mouse looks from the Gerlan Jeans Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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Gerlan Jeans may not currently be a household name, but when your front row is littered with major fashion players like Santigold, Kelly Osbourne, Angela Simmons, and TWO huge celebrity stylists (Katy Perry's Johnny Wujek and Beyonce's Ty Hunter), we don't expect their underground status will remain intact for much longer. PLUS, you know how we've been all, "Yo, what's up with fashion's obsession with Minnie Mouse right now??" Well, Disney ITSELF teamed up with Gerlan Jeans for a 14-piece Minnie Mouse mini-collection which opened the show. We caught Wujek taking snaps of more than a few of the cartoon-inspired ensembles, so perhaps there's a Minnie look in Katy's future (she has worn the designer before, after all)!


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New York Fashion Week Joe Nick Jonas

Florence Welch at Proenza Schouler, Nick and Joe Jonas at Gant, and Kanye West at Louise Goldin during NYFW.
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You guyyysss, New York Fashion Week is almost over. :( This means we won't get to spot some of our favorite celebs at shows from mere seats away or get to see them mingling with the commoners at presentations. HRMPH. While we're sad to see it end, we have to admit that yesterday's shows were certainly star-studded! Florence Welch showed off her typically stylish self at Proenza Schouler's spring 2013 show. She wore a fall 2012 chinoiserie-style wrap jacket and skirt ensemble paired with tie platform booties, a black clutch, and tons of stacked gold rings. She kept her makeup minimal, and let her GORGE hair color do all the talking.


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