Costume National Spring 2013 RTW

Launch Slideshow

SHOW: Costume National S/S 2013

THEME: Structured, modern minimalism

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Costume National designer Ennio Capasa got his start working for Yohji Yamamoto, so it’s not surprising that his line is all about asymmetrical lines and stark minimalist looks.

The RTW collection started off with plenty of predictable black, but then moved into red, bright pink, white, and – gasp! – stripes. The pieces were quite wearable as separates, but when worn together they showed a sophisticated sense of tailoring, with vests held onto tops with straps and blouses anchored by pulleys.

Though color blocking isn’t the hot trend it was a few years ago, there were elements of that look here – chunky blacks and whites paired starkly against each other for an eye-catching contrast. From a distance, it might have been hard to tell these dresses apart from Rothko paintings. Despite the artistic flair, though, these are clothes for real women – smart, well-constructed pants, blouses, and dresses that could go from runway to workplace. Okay, except for the see-through shirt.