Top Spring 2013 Fashion Trends Straight from the Runway

Along with some old standbys and new favorites, the looks from New York City's Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week ran the gamut. Click through our forecast for what styles will be on everyone's shopping list next season.

Along with some old standbys and new favorites, the looks from New York City's Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week ran the gamut. Click through our forecast for what styles will be on everyone's shopping list next season. Lusting after this season's runway hairstyles? Learn more about spring 2013 hair trends from Harper's Bazaar. And for more fashion week coverage, visit our all-access pass to Spring 2013 Fashion Week!
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The Helmut Newton Effect
BCBG Max Azria
Some may refer to this as the 50 Shades of Grey trend. We are not those people. Instead, we are seeing this S&M-influenced look as being inspired by famed fashion photographer Helmut Newton's iconic black-and-white photography, which always played on eroticism. Lubov Azria even referenced the photog in the show notes, citing him as the key inspiration of their collection.
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The Helmut Newton Effect
BCBG Max Azria
This high-contrast look featured a leather harness and black lace detail is the ultimate for any femme fatale.
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The Helmut Newton Effect
Jason Wu
Although he's gotten a reputation as being the maker of all things "ladylike," Wu noted that a Paris-based retrospective of Newton's career was his key influencer. Here, Carolyn Murphy — who once posed for Newton &38212; walked in the opening look, a leather sheath dress .
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The Helmut Newton Effect
Jason Wu
Skin is in! From the black net headpiece to the bandeau bra top, leather-and-lace skirt and studded heels, this look was anything but ladylike.
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The Helmut Newton Effect
Hervé Léger
Like they showcased in their BCBG runway show, Max and Lubov Azria showcased a lot of leather harnesses here. This one tops a body-con bandage dress, which has become the label's signature look.
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The Helmut Newton Effect
Hervé Léger
This corset-style nude-tone leather harness creates a look that truly tows the line between feminine and dominatrix.
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Water, Water Everywhere
Proenza Schouler
In perhaps the most literal translation of the season's cool water trend, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez concocted a dress made of a photo print of a found image of families playing in the pool. As sharp as it is, it still looks almost abstract as it struts down the runway.
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Water, Water Everywhere
Proenza Schouler
In another photo print, the designers added edge to the serene beach scene buy inserting grommets in ever-increasing numbers as they reach the forested hem.
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Water, Water Everywhere
Charlotte Ronson
The designer admits that water has been her key inspiration in designing her current collection. In a palette of sea blues and greens and sandy beach nudes, this peplum almost looks like the waves of the ocean.
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Water, Water Everywhere
Michael Kors
You can almost smell the chlorine: This matching top and pant make anyone want to take a refreshing dip in the reflective pool of this print.
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Water, Water Everywhere
Donna Karan
The seafoam draping of this particular dress looks as fluid as water. In fact, her entire muted, ethereal collection makes you feel as if you're being taken out to sea.
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Water, Water Everywhere
Donna Karan
This laser-cut dress appears to have been reclaimed from the bottom of a riverbed and gives the illusion of streams banked by pearls dancing across the body.
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Water, Water Everywhere
Tracy Reese
The vibrant print in bold colors perfectly balances the looser silhouette. It's a maxi dress that makes a huge splash.
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Seeing Stripes
Marc Jacobs
There were so, so, so many stripes at Marc Jacobs. From the first look (a simple T with a barcode-esque row of stripes) to this hyperactive striped jumpsuit with stripes zigging and zagging at every direction, the look was almost dizzying.
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Seeing Stripes
Marc Jacobs
Other that stripes, the other prominent theme of Marc Jacobs' collection was the mod, Edie Sedgwick-inspired sixties, and this fuchsia-striped loopy look fit the bill for both.
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Seeing Stripes
Marc Jacobs
Black-and-white stripes are classic, but adding gold to the mix never hurts. Unlike his other striped knits, this dress, made entirely of rows upon rows of sequins, offered a more substantial look — both stylistically and literally. That dress looks heavy!
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Seeing Stripes
Tommy Hilfiger
It's never a surprise when Tommy Hilfiger goes all-American, so the red and blue stripes over a white pant suit, weren't too shocking to the system. What was? The fact that the stripes weren't just the ho-hum straight line: They were made of polka dots.
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Seeing Stripes
Oscar de la Renta
Talk about a wow moment! This dress, with its bold chevron-style stripes, fit the model perfectly and made everyone dream of the day they could put their hands in the pockets of such a fun maxi dress.
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Seeing Stripes
Oscar de la Renta
Forget pinstripe: According to Oscar, this chic black-and-white striped suit is the new pattern du jour for modern-day workwear.
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Seeing Stripes
Michael Kors
Stripes can get a bit boring, especially if they make up a good portion of one's runway show, so Michael Kors offered up a look with a simple twist — varying stripe thickness — to keep things interesting.
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Seeing Stripes
Michael Kors
We can't tell what to focus on first: The maze-like shirt, the skirt's striped pleats of shiny navy and green sequins, or the matching sandals — a playful take on stripes with the ankle strap and toe band. Each piece is more intriguing than the next.
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Peek-a-Boo Midriffs
Suno
It seems that every spring, crop tops take center stage as a new trend, and this season's no different. But, we are happy to report that, in the case of many designers, the bare midriff has gone mini. Case in point: Suno's sensible slit showing just a hint of stomach.
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Peek-a-Boo Midriffs
Jill Stuart
The knee-length pencil skirt and high-collared bustier top part ways ever-so-slightly to reveal a sliver of skin in this otherwise covered-up ensemble.
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Peek-a-Boo Midriffs
Cushnie et Ochs
Much like the scalpel-cut-out collection that Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs produced for Fall 2012, this runway featured a similar style: two precise, ab-centric strips cut from a form-fitting teal dress.
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Peek-a-Boo Midriffs
Timo Weiland
The runway of Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein shook with a hip-hop soundtrack, and this look got the same treatment. But what might have been a major crop top situation was mitigated with a high-waisted graphic pencil skirt.
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Peek-a-Boo Midriffs
Timo Weiland
It's hard to imagine midriff-baring formalwear, but this sparkly top and maxi skirt can definitely carry the crop-top trend from day to night.
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The All-White Slice & Dice
Alexander Wang
The always-inventive designer took the idea of deconstruction quite literally with his glow-in-the-dark collection. He literally cut his clothes apart and reattached them with fish-line embroidery in a way that made them appear to float along the runway. Even the shoes looked dissected.
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The All-White Slice & Dice
Alexander Wang
Not your average white cotton shirtdress, this frock — with its laser-cut holes, panels, and stripes — was a feat in detail.
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The All-White Slice & Dice
Yigal Azrouël
This cotton knit dress may seem a little heavy, but the hundreds of perforated eyelets helped the garment breathe.
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The All-White Slice & Dice
Victoria Beckham
Mrs. Beckham has been churning out sleek, ultra-tailored solid-color dresses for several seasons now. So how to switch things up while sticking with that aesthetic? A few attractively placed diagonal cuts do the trick.
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