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New York Fashion Week Runway Review: Erin Barr Spring 2013


What’s gray, white, and red all over (with stripes and touches of black leather)? Why, Erin Barr’s spring 2013 collection, of course! I always enjoy a fashion presentation that breaks the mold, and Erin Barr did just that. The set-up was a retro house party with a little more than a dozen chic attendees. The models seemed to be playing fashion musical chairs: one would stand, own the room as her runway, then pick up a book or rummage through a pile of vintage records. Then, she’d tap a friend on the shoulder, and the newly chosen model would take her walk around the room. It was nice to see the models interact, giggle, and chat with each other, because it really helps you picture the clothes being worn in a real-life scenario. I can see myself on a dress worn by a happy girl much easier than one worn by a stone-faced statue!

The clothes themselves were wonderful, and it was easy to spot the artsy Marilyn Monroe influence. The rigid stripes seen throughout the collection were a nice take on a classic idea. They looked as though they had been painted onto the garment by hand, rather than perfectly printed by a machine. The collection felt like the wardrobe of a quiet, subdued girl (collared shirts in neutral tones, loose cardigans, long pencil skirts, and wearable shirts and pants) whose rocker side comes out as soon as night falls. Those collared button-downs are suddenly sheer, the dress boasts risqué cut-outs, and the pretty pencil skirt is swapped for a white dress with midriff cut-outs and a high thigh slit. Sheer material and slits here, there, and everywhere were very prominent in the collection, so the idea of combining the two concepts made perfect sense. Many skirts included a longer outside layer of sheer material down the front and back in the garment.

I’ve become a big fan of Erin’s edgy style, and if she can make a coat as beautiful as the one she made for spring 2013 (a white trench with great shape, three-quarter sleeves, and a leather panel with a zipper detail), I can only imagine the beautiful creations she’ll whip up for fall.

See below for a video of the presentation, as well as a photo gallery.

About The Girl in the Check Scarf:
Sarah Justine is a 17-year-old student/fashion blogger with nothing to wear, who reads The New Yorker, and schemes of going to Paris. She’s been blogging daily for three years at www.thegirlinthecheckscarf.com, and in March of 2012 she was named “One Of The Top 10 Bloggers Under 18” by guestofaguest.com. She is a TED attendee, fashion and technology geek, aspiring trend forecaster, and constant wearer of black clothing. She is currently a senior in high school and resides in Poughkeepsie, NY.

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