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The vibe at DL1961 felt festive from the get-go. Guests were told to make way for dancers—a blink of an eye and a Rihanna track later ("Diamonds"), the talent arrived. This stunt from the premium denim brand was rather apropos, as the show took place in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, home to dance studios right above the presentation space. Damn, did those guys and gals shake what their momma gave 'em, all without losing the stretch in their signature, high-tech DL1961 skinnies. Though the denim featured interesting trims and textures, what really defined this Fall 2013 collection was the official launch of the label's ready-to-wear.
Models paraded down the runway in what can definitely be described as easy party separates for the urban woman who doesn't do frilly dresses but wants to look sharp. It quickly became obvious that alongside treated denim posing as leather, there were in fact, loads of leather pieces. The peplum and relaxed fit blouses ruled the looks as far as tops go, while bottoms were primarily low-rise and skin-tight with tuxedo stripes, quilted details, and subtle rips. Velvet glistened in a couple looks for both men and women, emphasizing the trend's staying power. The color range was very New York: cobalt, olive, oxblood, and metallic gold all made appearances. Take a peek after the jump.