Supermodel stampede! Karlie Kloss and Candice Swanepoel help Rag and Bone deliver knockout NYFW show… As Christy Turlington watches from the front rowDay three of New York Fashion Week saw both Rag and Bone, and Helmut Lang, offer plenty of colour for their spring/summer 2013 collections
18:16 GMT, 8 September 2012
Rag and Bone designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright have only ever had one goal, to dress the cool girls.
And as fashion's ultimate cool girl Karlie Kloss closed their spring/summer 2013 show last night, walking out right after Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel, with Christy Turlington and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal watching on from the front row, they had easily scored.
Full of electric green, cobalt blue and hi-vis coral, the British-born designers produced a collection that every New York City girl will want to be seen in next summer – no small feat, either.
Supermodel stampede: Fashion's ultimate cool girl Karlie Kloss (left) closed Rag and Bone's spring/summer 2013 show last night, walking out right after Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel (right)
Backstage, a photo of a die-hard car racer in head-to-toe leather standing in the sand next to a Bedouin was pinned to an inspiration board, giving some idea to the collection's origins.
Conjuring a childhood vision of the Dakar car rally, the designers infused their brand's usual effortless and urban edge with all things off-road.
Low-slung leather trousers finished with racing stripes, snap
fastening shirts, ankle-zippered pants and oversize biker jackets
walked next to cool-girl full mini skirts and soft cotton nightshirts.
Front row: Christy Turlington (left) and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (right) watched on from the front row
It's not often that an entire show is actually shoppable from the front-row. But with not a print in sight, Rag and
Bone's stand out and high impact pieces, like one knockout thrown-on green dress, were instantly covetable.
And the pedal-to-the-metal heels coral, and perforated leather clutches were accessories every editor was noting down on their already long mental 'wish' list.
But not only an influencer in clothes,
Rag and Bone's take on downtown-cool beauty will see the streets teeming
with strong brows and white nails next spring.
Bright blues: Low-slung leather trousers finished with racing stripes, snap fastening shirts, ankle-zippered pants and oversize biker jackets walked next to cool-girl full mini skirts and soft cotton nightshirts
Motocross: Conjuring a childhood vision of the Dakar car rally, Rag and Bone's designers infused their brand's usual effortless and urban edge with all things off-road
High-vi colour: Full of electric green, cobalt blue and eye-popping coral, the Rag and Bone produced a collection that every New York City girl will want to be seen in next summer
Collaborating with Revlon for the show, make-up artist Gucci Westman took inspiration from the supermodel era, recreating the iconic Nineties look with a fresh twist.
Structured brow were the focus, offset with subtle cheeks, lips and eyes. And the manicure of next season White.
After the show, Mr Wainwright said to Vogue: 'It’s pushing our idea of what a cool girl wants to wear, clothes to live in and be seen in.'
Close-up: Strong eyebrows gave off a Nineties supermodel vibe, while crochet lace peeking out from hemlines soften the otherwise tough collection
Softly tailored: Touching on workwear, the soft
cotton shirts, knee-grazing skirts and tailored pants will make
lightweight office staples
Taking the bow: Designers David Neville (right) and Marcus Wainwright (left) give final wave after their Rag and Bone spring/summer 2013 show
Day three at New York Fashion Week also lay claim to another knockout show. Helmut Lang, a brand synonymous with black, white and all shades in between, shook things up for their spring/summer 2013 collection.
Featuring colour, and a lot of it, husband and wife designer duo Nicole and Michael Colovos discarded what has become their signature palette for the past five years.
Surfer-bright slashes of orange and sea blue sat next to electric reds and colourful jacquard prints broke the label's usual boundaries, pushing it in an (exciting) new direction.
Bright lights: Featuring colour, and a lot of it, Helmut Lang husband and wife designer duo Nicole and Michael Colovos discarded what has become their signature black and white palette for the past five years
An slick aquatic vision was applied on color-blocked tank dresses, reversible leather jackets and their shift dresses, which at times had a slight wet look.
Medallions and florals were splashed across boxy jackets and shorts, inspired by illustrations of nineteenth-century German biologist Ernst Haeckel, the prints were brought to life by tattoo artist Thomas Hooper, who re-created the drawings for the designers.
And according to Style.com, the bright red jacquard print of a crustacean on black T-shirt dress was
inspired by the designers' own photo research of underwater creatures.
Panel me red: An almost glowing red was used throughout the collection, with a bright red jacquard print of a crustacean was
inspired by the designers' own photo research of underwater creatures
While the Colovoses may have taken a sharp colour-themed turn, the essence of Helmut Lang still resounded in the silhouettes.
While their usual drapery is, for the most part, missing in action, the baggy, slouched-on shapes with a slight sporty appeal came across in boxy
silk T-shirts and low-slung pants.
But the stand-out pieces – the slim fitted jackets and boxy blazers – were peppered with canvas and leather paneling, adding the perfect touch of downtown luxury.