Across the Spring 2013 runways, blood orange burst onto the New York scene. The vivid shade with a splash of red joined its citrus companion yellow as a key apparel color trend. Upbeat and playful as the color can be, it also proposed a sophisticated sensibility and is more versatile than expected. Blood orange works for a range of pieces including knitwear, leather skirts and blouses. In the new collections, minidresses embraced a carefree feel while outerwear and delicate fabrics were an unexpected statement.
Erin Fetherson incorporated blood orange in her 2013 assortment of airy, flowing dresses that projected the luminous spirit of Spring. The shade had an “orangesicle sorbet” impression with its ombré effect. Gold and silver metallic footwear dressed up the bright tone.
Proenza Schouler impressed the New York crowd with oversized forward slouching jackets and boxy silhouettes. While citrus colors were apparent in the collection, the confident hue of orange dominated. Glossy perforated fabrics made for a fresh athletic take that discovered new territory when mingled with snakeskin.
Carolina Herrera aimed for “light and soft” for Spring and achieved it with the tart coloration. Her array of column-style dresses in organza, tulle, chiffon and lace felt modern and unpredictable in head-to-toe ensembles. Trims, brocade prints and skinny belt accessories had an effervescent pop that brought cohesion to the group.