The Studio at Lincoln Center was packed to nearly overflowing capacity in anticipation of the Whitney Eve spring 2013 collection. We watched Whitney Port hone her skills on The Hills and The City, and her fashionable reality show background combined with natural talent have come to fruition in her distinct clothing.
As bright lights whitewashed the runway — ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee was seated front row — atypical spring looks took shape to the tune of upbeat, girly music. The makeup was natural and fresh, the hair whipped back in charmingly careless knots, so the outfits did all the talking. The young designer tends to focus on prints, and this time was inspired by jewels and rock formations. Whitney dared to ask, “Why wear florals when you can wear geodes?” and the results were fascinating. The prints popped on airy, wearable, and pleated materials. Port seamlessly carried the peplum top into spring, updating the trend by incorporating white and dusty pastels and keeping the same color scheme for oversized blazers.
Some other standout pieces were bold crop tops, nubby sweaters, and statement pants that are sure to be a hit among buyers. The piéce de résistance was a fully fringed midi dress that begged to be danced in and would be perfect for a spring wedding, if you’re not opposed to being the center of attention.
It’s possible that Whitney herself is a bit opposed to that idea. Soon after the finale wrapped, she emerged to thunderous applause, gave a coy little wave, and was back behind the scenes again. She seems refreshingly modest for having reached such success. It’s safe to say she was successful in conveying a spring 2013 message unlike any other.