At New York fashion shows, black jacket becomes "it" piece for fall

Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:29am EST
 
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The myriad designs parading on the runways of New York Fashion Week converged on one standout style-savvy look for fall and winter 2013: the black jacket.

Ubiquitous in the latest collections, the jacket appeared sporting a boxy silhouette, swinging lines or oversized shoulders, but the black was non-negotiable. It was by far the dominant color among the hundreds of the fall and winter women's collections unveiled by designers at the semi-annual extravaganza.

New York Fashion Week, which is followed by similar events in London, Paris and Milan, concludes on Thursday with shows by Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. Michael Kors will be among those showing his designs on Wednesday.

In shows this week, the black jacket appeared tuxedo-style with contrasting satin lapels, as a bolero, in edgy motorcycle cuts, playfully cropped at the waist, as a tailored blazer, as a blouson and with ruffles at the waist. Among designers highlighting the piece were Nicole Miler, Yigal Azrouel and Kenneth Cole

The black jacket was paired with skirts, most of them pleated or pencil, and trousers that veered between slim and slouchy.

Fur was also omnipresent - in narrow neck pieces, stoles, snoods and wraps and adorning everything from anoraks to evening gowns. Designers dyed it eye-catching reds and greens.

"Furs are so prevalent, it's unbelievable," said David Wolfe, creative director of The Doneger Group fashion consultants.

"It's luxury and drama and glamour, and it's escapism because we're still not out of the economic woods," he said. "This is kind of kidding yourself that everything is the way it was in the '80s when times were good."   Continued...

 
A model presents a creation from the Vera Wang Autumn/Winter 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week, February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid