NEW YORK — So many fashion shows, so little time. Here's a capsule collection of three colorful shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (the spring 2013 collections continue to be unveiled through Thursday).
The look: DVF wears the pants in this family. Nearly every oufit in her colorful show featured slacks of some kind. Leading the way were garden-inspired print slacks, trim Palazzo pants and even a version of harem pants for the jet setter who wants to visit Morocco or channel M.C. Hammer.
Front row favorites: Designers Oscar de la Renta and Valentino, along with Sarah Jessica Parker, Bravo's Andy Cohen and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
Oddest moment: During her final bow, von Furstenberg pulled Brin onto the runway along with her chief designer Yvan Mispelaere. They (and some of the models, as shown in photo at right) were wearing Glass by Google, a yet-to-be-released device that fits on a pair of eyeglasses and works as an iPhone or digital camera. DVF was seen mouthing the words, "I'm filming you," to the front row celebs.
Diane von Furstenberg is in a bright mood, with this blood orange crepe pant, two-tone silk top and pewter leather belt.
Diane von Furstenberg rose blush jacket, blue ankle pant and pale green drape top
The look: Sporty and sheer. Mesh panels and lots of midriff-baring shorts and tops. Seems like the navel is the new back.
The crowd: Paris Hilton — remember her? — proved she still knows how to strike a pose, although photographers didn't seem that interested.
The music: A Charlotte Ronson show always has great music because her sister DJ Samantha mixes it. The pre-show lineup included updated classics by Paul Simon, The Bee Gees and Kenny Loggins. When was the last time you heard "This Is It"?
Also at Charlotte Ronson: Flirty dresses
Trim athletic shorts and a shiny cellophane jacket make a sporty statement at Charlotte Ronson.
Charlotte Ronson's tweed jacket with lace exposure at the shoulders has more of an autumn feeling than spring.
The look: Miller loves using the latest technology to create and manipulate intricate fabrics, so the strongest looks in her show were prints in patchwork colors, space clouds and space lace (spindly black patterns on a brownish background). Also notable were T-shirts with beaded sleeves and pleated peplumm tanks.
The music: Models walked to the tunes of the Misshapes, a New York-based DJ trio comprised of Geordon Nicol, Leigh Lezark and Greg Krelenstein. Lezark was on the front row.
A face in the crowd: At the Lincoln Center fashion tents, we ran into Houston business consultant Samira Salman, who moved to New York four months ago. She and her business partner, Amilya Antonetti, have opened Sasama Partners, a company advising investors and entrepreneurs.
Miller mixed a colorful print dress with a black leather jacket for "my bad girl/good girl look."
Miller led off her collection with a charcoal coated canvas peplum trench over an omni stripe powernet pant and silk shirt.
Left, techo print tunic over black stretch bike short; right, beaded crop top and cobalt leather skirt, all from Nicole Miller, who labeled her spring collection "No Batteries Included."