New York Fashion Week

A “modern medieval” princess stalked the runway this season at Rodarte, adventurously taking inspiration from the fantasies of role playing games to create an image of the ultimate warrior.

Marc Jacobs has an idiosyncratic way of looking at women with a spontaneity and fearlessness that pushes boundaries that may not necessarily be everyone’s taste, but still fascinating in execution. His spring 2013 collection was exquisite, a dreamlike nod to the 60’s;

Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough reinvent the idea of the “cool” girl every season at Proenza Schouler, and this one birthed the computer manufactured, high def heroine that is both ambitious and energetic decked out in a collage of abstract images said to be found from Tumblr.

With all they have to celebrate, how apropos is a ‘Greatest Hits’ collection at this point? It may not have been intentional, but Proenza Schouler’s latest collection, all its mighty bravura aside, came across as self-referential at times, despite McCollough and Hernandez’s insistence on internet ‘randomness’ as their guiding trope for the season.

It seems almost a miracle that they hadn’t tackled it before. Fantasy role-playing warrior princesses? That’s prime fodder for the overly active imaginations of Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

Ruby Jean. Remember that name. “You’re destined for big things little Ruby Jean”. It’s that kind of name, and fitting for the bleach blonde beauty that opened the Marc Jacobs show. It’s possible that her entrance was so picture-perfect, so holistic in mood, so Marc Jacobs at a molecular level that, at least for this editor, the message that would play out for the next seven minutes announced itself entirely in that moment.

Hair was tucked and pinned loosely into a faux 1930’s bob delicately waving around the jaw line. One could almost envision the young Duras captured in time, beautiful and fresh, gracefully pushing a curl aside.

Inspired by Sarah Moon, the Sixties model and photographer, Diane Kendal from MAC cosmetics kept the makeup chic and illimitable for a look that could be lost in time. She applied MAC face and body to the skin, a favorite amongst artists for a flawless finish.