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Emerson got off to an unexpectedly late (although not too late, considering the normal wait time) start last night, when designer Jackie Fraser-Swan's family was delayed in transit at Manhattan's Penn Station. When her four little girls finally arrived, the crowd erupted in applause. "It's a feel good moment. It's PR home run," announced People's Revolution's famed publicist Kelly Cutrone. An apropos "Hey, Ho Let's Go" by the Ramones played overhead and the show was on.
Not the end of the world, right? Right. Well, kind of. For Fall 2013, Fraser-Swan played with the idea of Earth reemerging more beautiful than ever in a post-apocalyptic world—just when the hilarity of 12/12/12 was probably erased from memories everywhere. Set to a backdrop of harrowing shaddow trees, models walked in maroon, mustard, and plum, off-set by black and grey. Statement looks included a plaid off-the shoulder ball gown, glittery deep purple sweater, and a black leather dress. Tough, edgy, yet wearable. See how Emerson picked up where the Mayans left off after the jump.Photos via Emerson