What is the Spring '13 silhouette with the most impact? We're going to argue a case for the bold shoulder. Whether it can be attributed to a yearning for an '80s flashback or for a take-charge power-dressing dynamic, this latest outerwear redux is bigger, boxier, and more striking than ever. In short, we knew these designers meant business when they sent these ultrastructured shapes down their Spring '13 runways. Narciso Rodriguez emphasized his impeccable tailoring with a show of strong angular blazers, Balmain kicked up the volume on its edgy lineup, and Jean Paul Gaultier revisited all things '80s (think Annie Lennox, Madonna, and Michael Jackson all rolled into one). To add to the approach's fashion credibility, Stella McCartney, Barbara Bui, Altuzarra, and Roland Mouret were among the other heavy hitters who presented this look for Spring. And while the verdict's still out (on our end) on if we'll actually be donning this top-heavy trend, we want to know what you think. Is the bold-shouldered look one you'll be investing in next season?From left to right: Narciso Rodriguez, Balmain, Jean Paul Gaultier
Week month was just as much about street style as it is about runway shows — and we've got the pictures from Paris, Milan, London, and New York to prove it. Thus, we're taking a closer look at the overarching trends we spotted on all the cities' streets this season. Think novelty shirts and sweatshirts, bold prints, and luxe leather — on the likes of mavens Taylor Tomasi Hill, Harper's Bazaar editor Joanna Hillman, and Julia Sarr-Jamois. See it all in the slideshow and shop similar looks right now.
That's a wrap on Paris Fashion Week. But before we return to regular programming (read: concern ourselves with what we're wearing this Fall), we're delving deeper into the most noteworthy trends to take the Spring '13 Paris runways. Designers like Dries van Noten, Chloé, Vanessa Bruno projected seasonal romance via ultratextured florals, flirty ruffles, and downright feminine nods to sheer detailing. Apart from the softer wares, we saw a push for shorter hemlines on top — sometimes endowed with very voluminous shapes — along with a revamped take on denim, a cool reimagining of colorblocked styling, and more than one case made for wearing the prettiest shades of blue. See which designers were feeling the tomboyish look of long shorts, who (successfully) managed to combine sheer accents with a sportier brand of cool, and who brought back the Working Girl double-breasted blazer in full effect. Get our complete breakdown of the top 10 trends spotted at Paris Fashion Week right here, right now.
We see London, we see France . . . Yes, there are most definitely visible underpants on the latest Paris runways, thanks to the sheer skirts cropping up in quite a few Spring '13 collections. While sheer bottoms aren't exactly groundbreaking — Spring 2012 gave us sheer pants after all — these sheer pencil skirts and minis are a sexier twist, some sexier than others. Stella McCartney took a more modest approach to going sheer with a streamlined pencil skirt and a see-through hemline that begins at the thigh and travels down. Offering a little more, shall we say, visibility, Giambattista Valli introduced a light-as-air sheer pencil that left little to the imagination. Chloé's iteration is more of a compromise, with frilly, see-through layers that help to distract from any overt peek-a-boo effect. Obviously, there's a time and place to slip into something this revealing — as we've already learned with sheer blouses and semisheer dresses — but we want to know if will you be slipping into these skirts? Word to the wise: if you do, pay extra attention to your undergarments! Now tell us: will you be taking this trend for a test drive come Spring?From left: Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli, Chloe
It's no secret that we're huge fans of the peplum silhouette — and we're sure you can see why. From its universally flattering shape to the ladylike appeal and instant polish factor, every woman should keep this triple threat in her arsenal. Fall's update on this trend highlights sumptuous knits, moody prints, leather, brocade, and even Fall's latest color crush — oxblood — from brands like Elizabeth and James, ASOS, and Wes Gordon. Want to get the look? We gathered this season's must-have piece in its most covetable renditions for you to add a peplum pop your wardrobe this season, shop it now.
Hear us out: Miuccia Prada might be onto something. We don't know quite what yet, but she is renowned for her cerebral design ethic and forward thinking, so that has to count for something. When we spotted luxe leather toe-sock shoes — inspired by the Japanese split-toe style, "tabi boots" — making their way down Prada's Spring 2013 runway, our interest was piqued, and our notions of what a shoe should be was thrown for a loop. Now, as we're taking in day three of Paris Fashion Week, we've come across yet another reinvented sole, this time at Rochas. Designer Marco Zanini sent out a flurry of reincarnated rubber-like lace-up wrestler shoes, more Space Age than sports-savvy, but that's not the point. The point is: is this the future of footwear? Are we witnessing the burgeoning postmodern way of wearing a socks-and-sandal combo? We're not sure how to feel, what to think, or if we'd even actually wear this new breed of shoe. But let's turn it over to you: are you feeling it?
The loafer — specifically the sleek, refined smoking slipper silhouette — is making some serious moves on the ballet flats' territory. There's not much explaining to do here: just let the most recent batch of star-studded style sightings bear witness to its trendy takeover. Yes, there was a time when we only associated chic smoking slippers with the likes of playboy Hugh Hefner (complete with silky robe, of course), but now, we're fully embracing its borrowed-from-the-boys likability and, quite frankly, its go-with-everything versatility. Seriously. Whether you own a bold leopard-print iteration or an understated pony-hair version, chances are this shoe will fit the bill of any dress code. The proof is all right here — styled up against the most casual wares and, then again, with the prettiest peplum top and plaid bottoms front row at Tibi.From left to right: Jordana Brewster, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Palermo, and Alexa Chung
Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013 trends focused on sharp angles, Asian influences, and a lot of high shine from the designers like Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, and Fendi, proving that the new season is sure to be filled with drama. Meanwhile, Spring leather once again made its mark on the runway along with sheer layers — ranging anywhere from soft and diaphanous pants from Emilio Pucci to more skin-baring tops from Bottega Veneta, made in every rendition. Get the complete breakdown on the top 10 trends from Milan Fashion Week now.
The next time you're searching for that perfect Fall jacket this season, try going for a leather motorcycle jacket — that's what the stylish set did in Milan during Fashion Week. This chic bunch edged out everything from t-shirts and jeans to polished plaid pants and killer platforms. We love the idea of pairing a slick motorcycle jacket with a silky femme blouse to balance out the opposites. Black not your favorite? Try out this tough shape in vibrant colors and even metallics, to add a bit of shine to your autumnal ensembles.
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Clockwise, from left: Reiss Ava Wide-Brim Trilby Hat ($105), Max & Chloe Angel Court Charlie Necklace ($198), Theory Max C Original Tailor Pant ($265), Max Studio Leather High Heel Platforms ($220), Diane von Furstenberg Printed Box Clutch ($295), Acne Parker Silk Shirt ($370)
Now that we've shown you how easy it is to channel 3.1 Phillip Lim's grunge-cool runway look for Fall, we're bringing you another outfit worthy of wearing right now. When we laid eyes on Rachel Zoe's recent runway collection, we knew there was no way we'd be able to resist wearing the looks before Spring. Her cool, Bianca Jagger-inspired pieces hit all the right notes, and one ensemble in particular gave us the swoons — a silky white blouse, buttoned all the way up and tucked into a pair of tailored black trousers, then accessorized with a black wide-brimmed hat and layered chain necklace. This look works wonders — mainly because you just can't go wrong when pairing black and white (as we've recently seen on Kristen Stewart), and the classic boy-meets-girl styling is perfect for work or play. See how we've styled it up with similar pieces to help you pull it off right now.