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New York Fashion Week

The grand eight-day show had its highlights but overall it proved overlong and overstuffed.

Everything’s big in America: it’s a term often used but it especially rings true when you look at the spring 13 New York Fashion Week schedule – an epic eight-day marathon of huge global brands and young up-and-comers. Having finally got to the end of it there are a few conclusions we can draw from the week.

Firstly, as we highlighted in our fashion foreword, there’s a lot of padding. Every week has its extraneous names, the ones you miss so you can do other stuff like tweet, eat… breathe, but never before has NYFW seemed so stuffed. Like a burger with too much salad, getting to the meat was more of a challenge, but there were some notable highlights.

Marc Jacobs’ status as probably the biggest fish across the pond was reiterated by his 1960s- inspired precision and Rodarte wowed with a collection with more than a little Dungeons & Dragons about it. But for every hit there were more, if not complete misses, then misfires. Some shows were rather derivative of the autumn 12 collections seen in London, *cough* Helmut Lang *cough*, while others played it far too safe, Donna Karan being one of the worst offenders.

When the schedule is so long and punishing it is easy to become jaded, not the most palatable position for NYFW to be in when London, Paris and Milan are forging ahead – the CFDA needs to have a rethink and fast – but while it may have been a rather protracted affair, it only served to whet our American-sized appetite for our capital’s more sensible five days of shows.

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