New York Spring 2013 Fashion Week Report: Denim, Laidback Luxe Rule

We know how fashion loves to swing the proverbial pendulum. After last season’s burst of all things extravagant and bejeweled, much of the designer tribe is making a beeline for opposite shores. One of the early trends out of New York’s Sept. 6–13 Fashion Week was as anti-ornate as it gets: denim.That staple of the American West popped up everywhere: DKNY (in light washes), 3.1 Phillip Lim (graphic patch­work treatments), Peter Som (pretty prints in collaboration with Earnest Sewn), and more. For the ­jewelry set, this means high-low mixes: “wearing ­jewelry to dress up jeans and a tee,” says Studio PR director Helena ­Krodel, adding that where denim can go 24/7, so can diamonds. “I love this new normal.” This new normal also swaps fall’s decadence for a burgeoning workwear vibe, where railroad stripes are the new black. Not that designers didn’t give the look

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