If you've ever dreamed of winning an Oscar, Naeem Khan's Fall 2013 probably has the dress to complete your fantasy. Rich with opulent details, but modern sex appeal — like stunning open backs — Naeem draws from the illustrations of 1920's Êrte and the all-out grandeur of the Byzantine empire, crafting gowns fit truly for red-carpet royalty. It's a collection that again proves some designers may own the contemporary market, but Khan's domain is the jaw-dropping kind of wear. He delivers both shimmering confections — long-sleeved gowns covered in sequins with sexy open backs (that would make any bombshell happy) — but also silhouettes with more regal elegance. Not any less showstopping, but these dresses are done up with high collars, keyhole necklines, and the most intricate all-over prints and embellishments. Click through to live out your red-carpet fantasies with our favorite gowns from Fall 2013.
The Thakoon Fall '13 collection delivered a lineup defined by its darker take on Spring's themes. Think feminine silhouettes paired with black lace insets, whimsical dandelion and dragonfly prints embellished on heavier dress fabrics, and kitschy leopard-printed outerwear for the girl who wants a funkier set of Winter wares. See all of Thakoon's latest when you keep watching.
Emmy Rossum attended the screening of Beautiful Creatures in NYC last night wearing a beautiful navy dress, black strappy Charlotte Olympia sandals, and colorful drop earrings, but it was the geometric-print Nonoo coat she sported on her way inside that really made an impression. We've been seeing a lot of amazing printed outerwear lately, and Emmy's look reminded us how a single piece of clothing can elevate an entire ensemble. Plus, the actress's satin pick is a seasonal-transition staple, working well from one season to the next. Layer up with sweaters and pants now; dresses and skirts later. Thus, we set out to find equally stunning Spring coats that will add the perfect mix of textural intrigue, color, and dynamic to the rest of your outfit.Click for our editors' Spring-coat picks.
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Rodarte's Fall 2013 collection could be summed up in four words: punk rock prom queen. Designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy stayed true to their signature artful color clashing and pattern play while also introducing new, sexier silhouettes. Their always ethereal aesthetic got a jolt of edgy sex appeal with skin-baring cutouts and mesh bodices — not the mention the '90s-era bodysuits worn under low-slung trousers (a look that we all tried at one time during our youth). Sticking with the grunge-inspired feel, cropped leggings were worn under diaphanous dresses and topped with slouchy leather jackets, and each look was topped with layers of chunky gold chains, tough-girl earrings, or spiked headbands.
- Colors: Black, camel, and white (with pops of purple, pink, red, and blue).
- Trends: Cutouts, sheer panels, ruffles, tie-dye.
- Shoes: Ankle-strap, Mary Jane-style platforms worn with floral socks.
- Front-row fixtures: Carine Roitfeld, Kate Lanphear, and '90s rock style icon Kim Gordon.
- Beauty look: Loose, romantic half-updos, nude lips with heavy under-eye liner.
Jenny Packham's Fall 2013 collection took its inspiration from the great intellectual salons — the salonnières — of 17th-century Paris, and the cultured women who frequented them. And just like the splendor of the rooms that came before, the gowns were dripping in equally rich hues and sparkling embellishments. Ruby red, burnt cinnamon, teal, navy, and black provided the color foundation for Packham's eveningwear, while the cuts vacillated between slim and streamlined, and gauzy voluminous princess silhouettes. There were certainly some Oscar red-carpet contenders to be found (we're looking at you, black cutout fishtail gown), and a jewel-toned thigh-high split number we hope Kate Middleton nabs for herself.
The Face judges, Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova, stopped by the SiriusXM Studios in NYC both looking impeccable in splashes of white. Coco matched up a structural white blazer with black leather pants, while Karolina opted to go all white in a sleek pantsuit, then added a dash of color via yellow pumps. Both models turned up the volume on polish, but Coco followed the black and white colorblocking trend and Karolina showed us that Winter white can be so damn chic. This is going to be one tough battle, but we're leaving it in your hands, who should win this faceoff?
Vera Wang got sculptural for Fall 2013, adding volume to architectural shapes and playing with tones of layered jacquard prints. Moving away from the slim lace silhouettes of Spring 2013, the designer focused on stone and black looks for her opening, with domed cape backs on jackets and sleeveless vests — even having bandeaus snake under armholes to contrast tight fronts with voluminous backs. Evening emerged in a flash of violet sparkle with exaggerated peplums, printed chiffon blouses billowing over matching cigarette pants, and all-over beaded dresses. It was utterly elegant, formal without being stuffy, and one of the designer's tightest seasons in memory.
The younger sister to Victoria Beckham's eponymous label, Victoria Victoria Beckham, had a bit of a mod moment for Fall '13. Beckham's penchant for sleek, unfussy silhouettes was, as always, present but this time infused with a youthful, '60s-inspired energy most obviously in little jumpers, smartly layered with blouses, turtlenecks, and tees, then given the quintessential modish complement — a pair of understated knee-high boots. Click through now to see every look from the Fall 2013 collection.
Steven Alan's Fall '13 collection was a lesson in chic simplicity, showcasing tailored silhouettes, a minimal color palette, and styling cues we'd like to try out now. With the no-fuss girl in mind, the designer reworked classics like the puffer coat into a luxe leather rendition, pairing it with a matching miniskirt, and slim trousers underneath. It might sound like a mouthful at first read, but the pairing was actually quite genius. If Alan's layering tricks aren't for you, find respite in the designer's awesome array of menswear-inspired pieces; the smart blazers and sporty, derby-like trousers are sure to please. See the top looks from the collection in the slideshow.