From The Straits Times    |

NEW YORK – Kicking off the Fall Winter 2013 collections, Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week saw the fashion world fall for hot new names showing side-by-side with some of world’s most established designers. Here’s our slideshow of some of the best shows so far. 

New York Fashion Week highlights from the runway DECOR

Jason Wu
Taiwanese-Canadian designer Jason Wu played with fur trim on coats, python, sheer panels and classic girl-about-town shapes. The New York City-based designer was recently chosen by Michelle Obama for the presidential inauguration. 

Nicholas K
Nicholas K sent out a collection packed with sporty jerseys and technical fabrics, and nomadic draped layers in velvet. There were plenty of parkas and anoraks, and sweaters came with backpack straps sewn in to add to the urban guerilla vibe. 

BCBG Max Azria
Max Azria showed another urban collection, centered around inspired Turkish-style geometric patterning. The looks featured cashmere, intarsia knits, dyed furs, and oversized leather jackets with embroidered panels. 

Sally LaPointe
Sally LaPointe’s latest collection opened with opulent crocodile skin, and carried through from black into blood red and deep burgundy. She also offered some skeletal-animal prints. The young designer’s talents and gothic touch have already been spotted by Lady Gaga. 

Helmut Lang
Michael and Nicole Colovos served up a razor-sharp collection, centered around their skills in tailoring. Models wore peep-toe biker boots with wool and felt suiting, geometric prints and purple, laser-cut rabbit fur jackets.

Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham took her cues from the world of masculine tailoring this season. Pinstripe plaid came in muscular purple, and Beckham added further color with a daffodil yellow dress that came with camel sleeves.

Yigal Azrouël
Israeli-American designer Azrouël subtly incorporated zips in and around his luxurious pieces and flowing tailored looks. Leather and rich prints also featured.

Creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista served up some sporty, minimalist fare for the brand’s 80th anniversary. The brand’s famous crocodile crept onto one or two of the oversized sweatshirts, and latex raincoats let the colored cotton piqué fabrics shine through.

Prabal Gurung
Inspired by marshal arts-trained Ukrainian girls, Gurung sent out his models in bondage-style leather straps, white fur trim on army green outfits. Colors shifted to navy blue, blood red, embroidered indigo denim and delicate white silk, but the empowered military chic vibe remained.

Joseph Altuzarra
After spring’s riot of preppy print, Altuzarra scaled things back for fall. There was plenty of chic layering, with biker jackets worn over the top of overcoats. Fur trim appeared on vinyl bodices, leather dresses and coats and oversized mittens.

Alexander Wang
Newly installed at Balenciaga, Alexander Wang also fell for fur this season in his own label collection. The collection featured sharp-cut boxy, oversized silhouettes and boxing-inspired knit caps and fur mittens.

Zac Posen
Fur trim on collars and cuffs met duchesse satin in Zac Posen’s latest show. His fall palette of rich burgundy, orange and ochre was embellished with soutache embroidery for some extravagant red carpet looks, which edged into the baroque at times.