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NYFW S/S 2013: William Okpo

A look from the William Okpo Spring 2013 collection

Under construction: William Okpo Spring 2013 left the garments' construction to convey the collection's depth

“The William Okpo girl…walks to her own beat. Her style is innate and full of simplicity,” Darlene Okpo
explained in an interview introducing the line she founded with her sister Lizzy in 2010. Five seasons later, Darlene and Lizzy Okpo have stayed true to their vision, building a following of fearless fashion fans along the way.


Solange Knowles was among the throng that packed the fifth floor studio at Alvin Ailey’s Joan Weill Center for a close-up of the Okpos’ spring 2013 collection. Presented amidst artfully installed displays of oranges (the fruit), the collection stuck to a palette of denim blues with pops of orange, sienna, and a paintbrush-reminiscent polka dot pattern.


With nary a graphic print in sight, the sisters left each garment’s careful construction to convey the depth of the collection. Contrasting denim washes added interest to culotte pockets, while denim blue fabrics tricked the eye, masquerading as dungaree. A drawstring motif carried through the collection as well, cinching mini dresses and tank tops, and tapering jeans.


The structured slouch of the pieces reminded me of a vintage take on Yohji Yamamoto or Commes des Garcons with heaps of modern, metropolitan flavor. I won’t be surprised if a snap of Solange rocking one of the looks ends up on her blog soon, in fact I expect it.


looks from the William Okpo Spring 2013 collection

Pops of sienna and contrasting denim washes added interest to the collection


NYFW S/S 2013: Christine Alcalay

NYFW: Christine Alcalay Spring 2013

looks from Christine Alcalay Spring 2013

Christine Alcalay’s Spring 2013 presentation, held in a white-walled sun-bleached showroom, was the picture of crisp romance. Presenting lace in tailored pieces (shirts, blouses), and pairing them with structured skirts in muted pastels, the collection seemed as equally made for a jaunts through a rolling English countryside, as it did a spring/summer stroll to work. The most successful piece in my opinion was the sheer, dotted maxi skirt complete with thigh-high slit.