With the standard Hervé Léger mantra intact — leave no curve behind — the Fall 2013 collection presented an irreverent mix of dresses and separates as sexy as they were sporty. Sure, Max and Lubov Azria may have drawn upon the opulence of nature and the works of French artist couple Les Lalanne, a fact supplied by the show notes, but the most apparent point made in this collection was its departure from the overtly sexy tough-girl references. Dresses were cut tight at the knee or, even better, tailored in flouncier fit-and-flares, then paired over leggings. Luxurious fox-fur hooded coats came storming down the runway, all with subtle sheer details. And harnesses still had a place in the Léger collection, they just didn't have quite the same edged-up effect. Instead, it was all about the chic baseball cap this season. The collection called for a sexiness defined by strategic sheer detailing and feminine shapes. See how Léger Fall 2013 did it — keep clicking.
We can always count on Charlotte Ronson to give us the best kind of downtown cool-girl wares, and for Fall 2013, it's just that — with an into-the-woods twist. Her recognizable sporty mesh detailing and slouchier leather trousers were on point, but what we loved most had everything to do with her exploration of a much girlier aesthetic. See how Charlotte Ronson did it here — click "play" now.
Despite blistering cold and blizzard-like conditions, the NYFW street style set is still supplying us with some inspiring outfits to get us through the rest of Winter. Among the sea of enviable looks, there was one trend in particular that stood out in the crowd: pink. Whether it's a bold pink coat — we spotted our Fashion and Beauty Director Melissa Liebling-Goldberg donning a gorgeous version, seen left — or a vibrant suit set, we can see why this vibrant splash is the color of choice this season. Not only does this color lend instant pop, but it can also easily transition your wardrobe from Winter to Spring. On board? Shop our editors' picks below to add a splash of color to your getup now.
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With the city girl in mind, Rebecca Taylor turned the cool factor way up for her Fall '13 collection. Sharp silhouettes, zipper details, luxe shearling, and leather embellishments set the scene for her downtown story, showing us that everyday wares can make a strong impact — when done right. In that vein, Taylor paired embellished sweatshirts with pencil skirts, sweet cropped knits with zippered trousers, and leather vests with ladylike tops. Every look hit that magical sweet spot, striking the perfect balance between effortless and chic. More details below, then click on to see Rebecca Taylor's complete Fall '13 vision.
- Trends: Fur-collared coats, leather, crop tops.
- Fabrics: Leather, shearling, silk, jersey knit.
- Key details: Zipper embellishments, metallic finishes.
- Spotted front row: Shailene Woodley.
- Editor's pick: The coats with oversize shearling collars were the perfect mix of sleek-meets-cool.
Rebecca Minkoff's Fall 2013 collection was just another reason for us to get pumped for the season ahead — the designer offered up enough slick cool-girl pieces to last a lifetime, and we can't wait to snap them up for ourselves. We caught up with Rebecca backstage at the show, where she told us all about her inspiration (hint: it's outer space) and favorite looks and even shared what's in her Rebecca Minkoff bag! See our interview when you push play now.
Prabal Gurung's Fall 2013 collection could easily be interpreted as a master class in how to make a more subversive, edgy military aesthetic entirely wearable — and impeccably polished. That's no easy feat when you consider how Gurung began crafting the Fall line — WWD reports that he took a very literal inspiration point from an article he read in Time about the U.S. military testing body armor specifically designed for women, after learning that the men's gear was hugely oversized for female troops. But after you've watched Prabal's own army of gorgeous crafted gowns (again, the designer's wheelhouse), sculptural peplum-trimmed jackets, ornate brocades, and sexy revelations of skin, it's hard to imagine that this was all born from the idea of military uniforms. There are the references, of course, to power and structure — and certainly the olive and navy palette draws from those uniforms — but Prabal's line is impossibly beautiful and sexy. There's attention to femininity and a woman's body in every detail — cinched waists, slit skirts, back and side cutouts, and sumptuous satins that flaunt and move with curves. Now we're waiting to see whether it will be Jennifer Lawrence or Anne Hathaway who snags one of the gowns to arm herself for the Oscars red carpet — and which style-setter will nab those buckled, knee-high gladiator heels first.
- Trends: Peplum, cutouts, slits, brocade, military-inspired outerwear, fur.
- Colors: Olive, navy, crimson, gold, and white.
- Shoes: Casadei for Prabal Gurung knee-high, buckled gladiator boots.
- Who should wear it: Strong, confident leading ladies. We'd be happy to see Jennifer Lawrence continue her Gurung streak on the red carpet in the final navy silk crepe, satin gown with that killer back.
Before the start of Rebecca Minkoff's Fall 2013 show, we went backstage to chat with 90210's Shenae Grimes, a self-professed loyal fan of Minkoff's. Keep watching for more on what Shenae loves most about the designer, what her one Valentine's Day dressing tip is, her favorite fashion decade, and a beauty secret that might just save your hair. It's all in today's Fashion Flash.
Lacoste's collection for Fall 2013 supplied clothing perfect for the blizzard we just endured. While we love the voluminous outerwear designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista sent out — some were even printed with icebergs — the most notable aspect of the collection was his cool use of colorblocking. For example, long coats featured geometric blocks of mostly subdued greens, blues, blacks, which were then paired against one very bright pop of orange. It was a streamlined revival of the '80s colorblock trend, albeit refreshed with a modern twist. Fitting then that the Lacoste Fall '13 show notes described this lineup as "tomorrow's vision of yesterday," and there's no better way to understand this mood than through its best colorblocked pieces. Keep clicking to see them now.
Marissa Webb's Fall 2013 collection showed off a sophisticated array of ladylike pieces in vintage-inspired silhouettes. While her silky skirts and dresses — some with transparent lace panels — were gorgeous, the most stunning pieces were done in tweed. Webb reinvented the classic fabric by applying it to unexpected wardrobe staples, like a tweedy short-sleeved tee, edged up further with leather details. See all the best tweed looks from Webb's Fall 2013 collection right here, right now.