Fashion Week Kicks Off With Colorful Flair in New York City members will be happy to hear that New York Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2012 collections got off to a colorful start this past weekend. The Daily Beast reports that everything from neon ball gowns on the Jason Wu runway to the surreal floral prints at Prabal Gurung to the color of Nicki Minaj’s giant wig was on vibrant display during the first three days of the event.

The chiffon prints (pictured above) at the Jason Wu show were artistic indeed: they were the work of the pop artist KAWS, who has designed everything from skateboard decks to cans. His floating petal prints and “hands” motifs for Wu lent the collection a modern edge, which evoked a collision between 1950s and 1990s Pop Art. There was a bright pink peplum skirt that evoked Raf Simons’ creations for Jil Sander, elegant neon gowns aplenty, and more functional sportswear pieces like windbreakers and lightweight shorts. As’s Max Berlinger put it, Wu’s collection evoked a “markedly American sense of ease and grace.”

Prabal Gurung, the Nepalese designer heralded for several seasons as fashion’s next-“It designer,” officially entered his sophomore year Saturday. The collection he debuted (pictured below), inspired by the work of Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, featured “surreal floral prints,” cutout dresses, sheer panels, and floral appliqué. Gurung’s accessories, too, were standouts: The shoes were metallic platform laceups (a collaboration with British shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood) and sunglasses that seemed like they will oust Prada’s ubiquitous Baroque shades next season. Actress Amanda Seyfried, who was in the front row, raved about the collection. “I’m so impressed,” she said. “But this is my first Fashion Week—so I’m taking it slow.”

See more at The Daily Beast

Image credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images (top), Thomas Concordia/Wire Image (bottom)

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