Winter storm Nemo delayed the Fall 2013 Emerson show at New York fashion Week. The crowd waited eagerly with designer Jackie Fraser-Swan for her young children to arrive from Boston. Once it started, the house rocked! Models with “just slept-in” hair, strutted onto the runway to the Ramone’s anthem “Hey ho, let’s go!” The theme of 80’s music throughout fashion week was once again in full swing.
The show could best be described as punk meets girly-girl meets twisted prep school chic. Just above the knee knife pleated skirts, baby-doll dresses, jumpers, and shift dresses took center stage. There were two fabulous plaids in the collection. One was a deconstructed black, wine and ivory. It could be seen on a variety of fabrics and silhouettes throughout the collection. It looked particularly playful in the knee length pleated skirt worn with a purple shearling dress and plum turtleneck. The other was a bold oversized black and yellow plaid most notably shown in a chiffon dress with black lambskin trim.
Other fabrics that were highlighted in the collection included metallic tinsel, in chunky sweater skirt sets, which were perfect for the uber tall and thin. There was black and white houndstooth in a gown…how decadent.
Fraser-Swan’s Fall 2013 Collection for Emerson created a youthful and stylish collection that could take a young Carrie Bradshaw from work to a night out clubbing.
By Meryl Ranzer
Meryl has been in the fashion business for over 25 years, as a designer, merchandiser, artist, product developer and teacher. Currently she is a partner in the women’s riding jean company, 2kGrey.