Reed Krakoff Resort 2013

by Keesean Moore

Reed Krakoff is one of a few American designers who manage to successfully translate Europe’s minimalist sensibility into timeless American design. After snatching the “Accessory Designer of the Year Award” at this year’s CFDA ceremonies, Krakoff followed up with a strong Resort 2013 collection; one that both validated his recent accolade and highlighted his knack for creating new, interesting silhouettes.

Over the last few seasons we’ve seen Krakoff try to carve out his own niche in the American market. Surrounded by peers half his age obsessed with rehashing interpretations of street and athletic wear, his sophisticated play with line, light, and color consistently separates him from the bunch.

Going against the grain, he dropped hemlines to just above the shins. Krakoff’s asymmetrical skirts, cut in burnt orange python, luxe leathers and silks, were clear winners. The slits starting at the waist sloped at a near imperceptible rate, and were a successful push for conservatism with a tough edge.  His use of cerulean blues in the last looks added a necessary pop of color to an otherwise neutral, autumnal palate. Never one to play it safe, this was another step in the right direction for Reed Krakoff and his team.