Tonight, EMERSON Spring 2013 debuted as fashion designer Jackie Fraser-Swan showed her collection for the third time at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Fraser-Swan’s signature aesthetic consists of contrasting elements, much like her own personal style, mixing rock with romance; sweetness with an edge. The new Emerson Spring 2013 collection is no exception, with a dark original inspiration that translates into an elegant, refined outcome.

For Spring 2013, Fraser-Swan was originally inspired by 1970’s horror films & modern day horror films such as Carrie (1976), Burnt Offerings (1976), The Amityville Horror (1979) as well as films written/directed by Rob Zombie such as House of 1000 Corpses (2003), The Devil’s Rejects (2005) and TV Series American Horror Story. Touches of red are seen throughout the collection; sophisticated varsity looks and feminine, flowy pieces are a nod to the high school setting in Carrie.

The collection has a 70’s flare with a modern feel, featuring sleeveless peplum tops, peplum blazers & dresses, classic button-down blouses, jersey tank dresses and a sleeveless angle drape dress (an EMERSON staple). Key styles include a black & white varsity jacket, red velvet flocked tulle tops and dresses, an electric blue structured, three-tier gown and contrast diamond print jacket. Colors include black/white, electric blue, bright red, neon orange, and purple. Fabrics include red velvet tulle (an important role in collection inspiration), nylon and metal blends, luxurious jerseys and printed silks.

This season Fraser-Swan partnered with iconic shoe brand, Kork-Ease, (creator of the original cork wedge sandal) to create exclusive custom shoes for the show, utilizing EMERSON fabrics with classic wedge shapes and custom detailing, as well as a black and white contrast strappy wedge. A new accessories collaboration, Bracher Emden for EMERSON, will also be introduced at the show, featuring custom leather handbags & belts designed by Fraser-Swan and created by the British accessories label (

The show featured hair by Zahir Ziani for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, make up by Janell Geason for Aveda, nails by Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas and jewelry by Sophie Hughes Jewelry. Red balloons accented the venue, and the show finale featured a blast of red confetti.

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VIP Attendees:

Paula Abdul, Crystal Reed (Actress, Teen Wolf – wearing EMERSON blouse & skirt), Margaret Judson (Actress, The Newsroom, wearing an EMERSON skirt), India de Beaufort (Actress, Jane by Design, wearing an EMERSON skirt), Carah Faye (band, Shiny Toy Guns – wearing top & skirt by EMERSON), Icona Pop (Swedish Electro Pop Group, Aino Jawo & Caroline Hjelt), Kenza Fourati (Model, wearing an EMERSON vest), Charlotte Ross (Actress, wearing an EMERSON dress), Eric West (Actor), Johnny Wujek (ANTM), and more.