New York - New York Fashion Week - the start of a month of spring-summer 2013 shows - began on a confident note on Thursday, despite tough economic times, with collections from BCBG Max Azria and Nicholas K.

With consumers' morale at a relative low, Max and Lubov Azria at BCBG Max Azria offered up a decidedly sexy, feminine collection for next summer - nothing too provocative, with lots of lace and transparent garments.

There was a nearly all black-and-white look from the designer couple, with a few flashes of coral. Most dresses were sleeveless, but hemlines were demure - most past the knee and several to the floor.

But the lace detailing and sheer fabrics offered hints of the sexy BCBG Max Azria woman beneath.

Christopher Kunz and his sister Nicholas, who design the Nicholas K line, offered comfortable looks for men and women for next summer in muted tones of brown, beige and khaki at their show in Lincoln Center.

“Everyone is going back to a more organic kind of lifestyle,” Nicholas told AFP after the show, adding that the siblings had taken inspiration from the 1970s sci-fi film “Soylent Green” to create an “apocalyptic nomad” look. - AFP