c.2013 New York Times News Service

c.2013 New York Times News Service

NEW YORK — It’s not only on “Project Runway” or in “Unzipped,” the Isaac Mizrahi movie, that designers stumble upon the same idea at the same time. Sometimes things are just in the air. Or, this season, in the ground. Or possibly the sea.

At least one weird trend usually surfaces at Fashion Week, and this season it is the blue/black/white marbleized surface treatments that appeared in the collections of Peter Som, Rachel Comey and Phillip Lim. Most likely, it is just a coincidence, but you could theorize that the designers may have been influenced by appearances of other types of marble in fashion, like Alexander Wang’s debut collection at Balenciaga, or in retailers like the new design at Barneys New York or Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent stores.

Weirder still was the ubiquitous appearance of slimy, matted-down hair, seen on the runways at Phillip Lim, Theyskens’ Theory, Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone and the list goes on. The models looked like urchins washed up from the ocean, fancifully dressed and then sent out on the runway as if nothing was amiss. It’s the wet look, perhaps suggesting that women need not bother with makeup (see Alexander Wang) or hair products, unless Elmer’s is introducing a beauty line.