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Hair, Make-Up & Fashion Trends Spotted at MBFW SS13

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14 Sep Hair, Make-Up & Fashion Trends Spotted at MBFW SS13

With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City wrapping up yesterday, I decided to take a look at what stood out to me the most (you can see a recap of some of the designer SS13 collections by my fellow contributor Susan Stipanovich in the Runway2DC column).

by ATFDC Contributor Kelsi Zimmerman

For the Spring of 2013, it appears the most common recurring inspiration for countless collections shown at the Lincoln Center was The Chic Working Woman.”

Now that we all know we will be wearing stylish duds to work come spring- let me start from the beginning. Don’t be surprised when you see maxis, color blocking and fishtail braids all making repeat appearances in 2013. Alongside the re-occuring trends, various designers over the past week have excited show-goers in New York with the biggest trends in fashion and beauty being, for garments (longer hemlines, railroad stripes, a concentration on neutrals) while also electrifying Spring 2013’s colors provided by Pantone. For hair and make-up, your either wearing ten coats (yes, literally 10), or going for the natural, glowing face. As far as hair, the bigger the better. Whether its big and texturized worn down with a center part or, if you don’t already know how to Fish Tail braid you better start searching for directions on Pinterest because Fish Tail Braids are here in a big way (as seen here by Mara Hoffman for Swim 2012).

Mara Hoffman MBFW Swim 2012

Color Trend Forecasting source Pantone provides us with the hottest colors for fall being- emerald, grayed jade, monaco blue, linen, poppy red, tender shoots, nectarine, African violet, lemon zest and dusk blue. Designers Mara Hoffman, Diane Von Furstenburg and Tracy Reese all uses “electrified” versions of these shades in their Spring 2013 collections.

Now, going hand in hand with the “Chic Working Woman” inspiration, many designers showcasing their collections over the past week have extended their hemlines on their pieces to give off a “working woman on the go” vibe, a woman not being restricted by the binding garments that we have seen in past seasons. DVF- the mother of fashion herself, Tory Burch and Jenni Kayne all showed off their takes on oversized coats and blazers with-of course, extended hemlines. These oversized yet feminine garments replaced the cropped blazers that used to dominate the runways and ahem- offices


Designers such as Zac Posen, Mara Hoffman and Alexander Wang all also elongated the frames of their pieces this season in co-ordinance with the trend. Zac Posen’s elegant gowns touching the floor, Mara Hoffman’s patterned maxis, Alexander Wang’s own take on “the chic working woman” has a line of longer-than usual bermuda shorts that are to die for.

Aside from dropped hemlines, designers such as Altuzarra, Rag & Bone and but of course- Tommy Hilfiger all displayed another big trend for Spring 2013 with “railroad stripes.” These vertical stripes covering blazers and oxfords to yet again- wear in the office.

Rag & Bone SS13

On top of spotting the trends shown on the runway, the beauty looks that are created backstage just minutes before each show- are also key in knowing what will be considered trendy in the hair and make-up world come Spring 2013. And this is what I’ve found, not too much color on the face and if the designer chose to use a woman’s best friend- mascara, it was with the mentality “go big or go home”, and I mean BIG, like at Zac Posen where Kabuki for MAC doubled on the false lashes to each model. Or, backstage for Victoria Beckham’s show, where make-up artists were directed not to use any mascara, just to make the models’ faces appear natural with bright eyes. All complexions were dewey and luminent like at Tory Burch, Narcisco Rodriguez and Candela NYC. While hair was all about texture- whether it was down with a center part and textured like at DVF, or in big teased fishtail braids like at Tory Burch or Mara Hoffman, where stylists backstage would tease and separate the fishtail braids when they were done intertwining the models’ hair to create a natural-bohemian affect, while still making a big impression on show-goers.

Narciso Rodriguez SS13

Now that you know what the trends will look like and you will have to anxiously await the arrival of Spring’s hottest garments in DC area retailers, all you really can do now is to plan the perfect events to wear these pieces to make sure everyone sees you. Given the inspiration of most of the collections you’ll clearly be able to wear the colorblocking or railroad striped blazers to work. Check out Washington DC’s Spring Home Page ( and of course our very own “Go To List” ( for a list of events to wear your latest trends to! Whether its the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 13, 2013 held on the National Mall, where I know you can not wait to wear your Mara Hoffman inspired maxi. Or one of the events sponsored by the Kennedy Center for “Look Both Ways: Streets Across America”, a week long parade from May 6th -12th, of musical performances, large-scale spectacles, parade culture or much more being held at different locations all around the Nation’s Capital, I know you will want to wear one of DVF’s blazers with touches of electric hues to any of the locations that you may catch these events!




A 21 year old Maryland Native and Senior Fashion Merchandising major at Stevenson University fashion has consumed Kelsi’s life from a young age and continues to as she travels to experience the fashion scenes from various cities across the world. Kelsi is thrilled to be back in the DMV and help bring to light the rising fashion scene right here in DC.