Neons Light Up Erdem's Spring 2013 Show (Despite a Power Outage)

The first looks Erdem sent out were a series of snakeskin pieces, which right away suggested that perhaps this wasn't going to be a typical Erdem collection.
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The first looks Erdem sent out were a series of snakeskin pieces, which right away suggested that perhaps this wasn't going to be a typical Erdem collection.
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The Clothes: The first looks Erdem sent out were a series of snakeskin pieces, which right away suggested that perhaps this wasn't going to be a typical Erdem collection. After the snakeskin came uber-pretty lace and floral appliqued pieces, but with a pretty big twist: They were all in acid neon colors. Last season, Erdem used pops of bright green mixed in with navy and that was pretty radical for him. He must have liked it because he embraced the whole day-glo palette for spring--and the resullt was gorgeous. All of this color was applied to ladylike shapes--think sheaths, full skirts, and high necklines. It was pure Erdem but with a streak of London showiness.

The Hair and Makeup: There was bright pink in the center of the mouth and a bit of smoke on the eyes (when you could actually see the eyes--most girls wore cat eye sunglasses.) Hair was pulled slickly back into a neatly tucked chignon.

The Vibe: The show was in a pop-up geodesic dome in one of London's small scenic squares, set up with a runway-in-the-round. It's a miracle none of the models bumped into one another. Overall, a pretty dramatic venue for a dramatic collection.

The Front Row: Anna Wintour and all the editors, Alexa Chung, Michelle Dockery (I missed the first ep of Downton Abbey, can you believe it? It's like she was there mocking me.)

Celeb We'd Like to See Wearing It: Alexa Chung, Kristen Stewart, Anna Wintour

WTF Moment: The power went out for a good 30 seconds mid-show, meaning no lights or music. People also reported smelling something burning. The models didn't break stride, but the photographers were very vocal about how annoyed they were. It all turned out fine. Photos: IMAXtree