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Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2013

Narciso's classic minimalism gets a sexier, more adventuresome twist.

The Clothes: Narciso at his best--classic minimalism but with a sexy, more joyful twist than we've seen in previous seasons. The show started off with these very Narciso undone black-and-white suits, however the tone was quickly set for a more adventuresome collection when the third look came out--a bright orange shift dress with a narrow triangular slit at the torso. From there, the collection just got slinkier and slinkier--with spaghetti strap dresses, and v-neck slips appearing on the runway in color-blocked combos of orange, pink, and red, or white and black. When the runway eventually gave way to roomy tops in white, blue and green, embellished with beads in a colorful, tropical design, I think the audience actually gasped. Styled with sleek separates like crisp white trousers or black pencil skirts, the shirts were a welcome departure from Narciso's usual starkness. The color-blocked gowns, which were equal sophisticated, sensual and fashion-forward (a tough cocktail to nail) at the end were the perfect finishers for such a notable collection.

The Hair & Makeup: Long and straight, and parted down the middle. Makeup was minimal with a strong brow.

The Soundtrack: Surprisingly diverse, with a hip-hop slant. We think we heard "Wut" by Le1f.

The Vibe: Lincoln Center crowd.

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The Front Row: In an age when a star-studded front row can often overshadow a collection, Narciso's was refreshingly free of random celebrities who clearly have no business being there except to be seen. Instead industry VIPs like Anna Wintour, Brad Goreski, Simon Doonan, and Steven Kolb made up the front row.

Celebrity We'd Most Like to See Wearing it: Rachel Weisz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Claire Danes

Photos: IMAXtree