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Sportswear, prints and cut-outs take centre stage in New York

Womenswear designers at New York Fashion Week took inspiration from this summer’s Olympics, injecting sporty styles into their spring 13 collections.

As Drapers went to press, athletic looks were one of the biggest trends to emerge from the catwalks, with labels also showcasing a smorgasbord of new looks from vivid prints to flesh-baring laser cut-outs.

Lacoste designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista plundered the brand’s heritage, serving a collection fit for Wimbledon with tennis rackets, balls and courts used as prints across pieces including tailored trousers, dresses and hooded raincoats.

Tommy Hilfiger bowled out a red, white and blue range with oversized knitted white jumpers perfect for the cricket pitch. Using neoprene and perforated white leather akin to that  used on golfing gloves, DKNY also delivered a sport-inspired collection.

Away from the sports field, lace and leather were prevalent across many collections. BCBG Max Azria married both in its spring 13 collection, with black leather dresses featuring lace cut-outs – another key trend for the season.

Laser-cut leather was the order of the day at Alexander Wang, with pieces slashed from top to bottom and from side to side, while other pieces had been sliced and then tacked back together with thread. At Cushnie et Ochs,  dresses were showcased in silk crêpe and jersey with cut-out torsos.

Prints are set to continue as one of the hottest trends, with designers such as Thakoon using exotic bird prints on dresses and Diane von Furstenberg opting for monochrome abstract prints on jumpsuits. Naomi Campbell took to the catwalk at Zac Posen dressed in a red and white floral-print dress.

One of New York’s most eagerly anticipated shows, Victoria Beckham did not disappoint with a black, white and poppy red collection.

In a move on from her usual showcase of dresses, Beckham’s spring 13 collection offered a selection of chic tailored pieces alongside her more traditional look. The collection, which featured slim-fit trousers and crisp shirts, was kept clean with structured silhouettes but the tailored looks were given a delicate feminine touch with lace, pleated chiffon and bra tops.

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