The best of New York Fashion week for women over 40

by Sylvia

spring 2013 collections new york hightlights

Some may find it confusing to look ahead at the spring and summer of 2013 when the new 2012 fall season is only just starting. But currently the fashion shows for the summer season are in full swing and it’s always fun to know that the upcoming trends are going to be. If you want to refresh your memory on the current trends then you can always have a look at the current 2012 fall trends.

Another reason I like looking ahead, is that it is comforting to know that a certain trend is not too short-lived so you can safely buy something new and know that you can wear if for a whole year.

Plus, it’s always great to look at the new creations of designers and be inspired by all the wonderful fashion. Use the inspiration to be extra creative with your fall outfits or just enjoy all the fabulous clothes. So here is my first round-up of the fashion shows. This week it is New York and I have selected all my favorites from the shows held so far with the best wearable looks for women over 40.

Narciso Rodriguez


Narciso Rodriguez had one of the best collections at New York Fashion week. Great colours and silhouettes, many very wearable for 40+ women. Although many designers opted for more pastel colours, I was pleased to see that Rodriguez had stronger colours.

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta spring 2013

I also like Oscar de la Renta’s collection who showed a lot of very flattering silhouettes and some of my favorite colour combinations like black, white and yellow. The lady-like silhouette is still very much in favour here. And how elegant is the safari suit on the left with an eye catching belt!

Tory Birch

Tory Birch spring 2013

Although not really my style, Tory Birch presented a very wearable collection for women over 40. Very much inspired by tribal and african elements, her clothes were fun and seemed very comfortable.


Escada spring 2013

Escada’s collection was full of graphical elements, bright colours and black and white. Although there were also many neutral outfits in clean lines.

BCBG Max Azria

bcbg max azria spring 2013 collection hightlights

BCBG Max Azria’s collection featured a lot of black and white and many graphical elements as usual. I love their unusual comfortable dresses with the top left one my absolute favorite. (loving the shoes too!)

Michael Kors

michael kors spring 2013 collection

Michael Kors’ collection was very graphical too which is right up my alley. Lots of stripes and my favorite colours green, red and white with some bright yellow thrown in as well.

New York presented a good start to the new spring and summer 2013 collections. I felt though that many of the current collections were very much a continuation of what we have seen the previous seasons. Not that that is a bad thing as I love the graphical feel of many collections and the strong colour contrasts. There were a lot of pastels to be seen as well, but I personally was mainly attracted to the collections that showed stronger colours. Other collections that I liked and were not included in the line-up above include: Vivienne Tam, Proenza Schouler and Donna Karan. I’m also really looking forward to seeing Calvin Klein who will show today.

All my favorites from the collections so far have been pinned to my pinterest board spring & summer 2013 trends, so be sure to have a look!

It will be exciting to see what London, Milan and Paris have in store for us. I will keep you posted.

What do you think of the new collections for spring / summer 2013 so far?

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wow! love them!
i haven’t even thought about fall wardrobe much less next spring/summer.
Love Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors!


Yes, it’s a bit early to think about spring 2013 isn’t it… Still it can provide inspiration for your upcoming fall outfits as well!


I am so glad you wrote an article about the S/S13 collections! I have been following the shows for over a week. 🙂
I was most surprised by Marc Jacob’s runway – it was very simplistic for him. Nanette Lapore had such fun prints and used a lot of pink and green. She does fabulous swimsuits. Rachel Zoe is always a favorite as I adore her Boho-Elegant aesthetic. And her new haircut is perfection. Oscar de la Renta does the best ballgowns! Tory Burch is an American classic but with an ethnic twist for Spring. Tracy Reese is so fresh and a Mobama favorite. Tadashi Shoji designs the best cocktail dresses – I love them. And Jason Wu sent these fuller leg shorts down the runway that I can’t wait to try! Very cute.
One of the best things about NYFW is seeing what the street style is like because that is current (Fall12) style. Peplums are big, leather and tweed, lace and velvet, anything in burgundy/oxblood tones, and printed or colorful jeans/pants. Cap-toe shoes are popular but I don’t think they will be long-term, and statement jewelry is hot now and into the S/S season. I thought there was something for everyone in the F/W shows and it seems to continue into S/S. Personal style is the trend.


Thanks for your superb analysis Suzanne. You are a true fashion expert. Yes, you are right the street style is amazing to watch too!


Wow! You are so nice! But I am not an expert – just a fan. 🙂 I can not advise the technical things like you do – the 2/3 proportions and what styles are appropriate for which body shapes. I don’t even know what my shape would be classified as. LOL! But I love the runways and I deeply respect the creativity of the designers. My passion is art and I think the two fields (fashion and art) are connected in my heart.
I have to share this with you. Do you know who Bill Cunningham is? He is an iconic New York fashion photographer. Today he posted a video he made over the last week – and guess what he focused on? Shoes! He said the clothes were “nice” but that “Women are mad for the shoes!” He has been working since the 1950s and he has never seen shoe love on this level before. They are like “sculpture” to him. Rita and I are in good company with Mr. C – we remember the shoes and forget the outfits. 🙂


Yes, of course I know who Bill Cunningham is. I adore him! I wrote a big profile on him in June and watched his documentary. I did not see your comment there, so you may have missed it? It’s at I’m off now, checking his latest video! Thanks for reminding me.


As the summer was so bad in Holland and I bought so many clothes, I decided that next year I was not going to buy too much. Cannot wear it anyway. And then I see this S/S collection. I love everything. The yellow and the red dresses at the top of the post, the green/black striped Michael Kors and his white dress… oh too much. With an absolute favour for Oscar de la Renta’s black/white/yellow combination. This is how a lady should look like I thought when I was young. Thank you Sylvia. If I have the courage I will look at your Pinterest board.
Furthermore I want to tag along with Suzanne…. going to fashion shows…. ohhh how nice. Did you not say somewhere, Suzanne, you wanted to adopt me? Or was it the other way around? LOL


Yes, I think it’s important to buy for your dominant season. Try to buy things for that in-between weather that Holland has so much. You can still use the inspiration of the S/S collections and turn it into proper dutch weather clothes.


Hahaha! You might want to talk to my children before I “adopt” you Greetje! I am a tough mom with many rules. LOL!


Great to see “colours” will still be in fashion, so buying these bright colours now will ease through into next year.


Yes, I was very happy with that too, although there will also many neutrals on the runway. But I believe that colours are great for 40+ woman so I gravitate towards those now.

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