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Posts for February 20th 2012
Tonight's McQ by Alexander McQueen lineup was a breathtaking showcase of stylized beauty and fashion fantasy. Considering this was the diffusion line's first-ever showing during London Fashion Week, we'd say the bar has been set pretty high. Immersed in dark tones, rich fabrics, and even richer embellishments (think velvet embroidered onto sheer lace), each nipped-waist dress marched out onto the leaf-ridden runway with just the right amount of retro nostalgia and tough-girl attitude. Standout pieces ranged from the super-structured outerwear and signature tartan plaid dress with sheer lace detailing to the brocade-felt skirts and chunky harness-inspired belts. If the impeccable designs alone weren't enough to move you into a state of awe, then tales of the spectacular finale certainly will. As model Kristen McMenamy took her final turn in an ivory lace gown, all went dark except for a spotlight overhead. From there, gold flecks were showered over her from above, she found a rope hidden beneath the foliage, and she pulled herself to the end of the catwalk where a dark enchanted forest awaited her. I promise, I am not making this up. High drama and poetic undertones aside, this collection was exquisite and featured all the tell-tale tailoring that we've come to revere from McQueen wares. Get the breakdown below.
- Trends: Tulle ballerina skirts, nipped-waists, embellished lace and velvet, wide belts, long gloves, and super structured outerwear.
- Colors: Black, crimson red, ivory, military green, and pops of colorful floral applique.
- Key Piece: The nipped-waist shapes ruled, especially the final ivory lace dress.
- Accessories: Chunky wide belts, opera-length gloves, fur neck wraps, and lace-up combat-style boots.
- Who Would Wear It: The girl who loves a strong, yet ultrafeminine silhouette like Jessica Chastain, Rose Byrne, and Zoe Saldana.
We've spent the better part of the last week (OK, the whole part of the last week) absorbing the trends from the Fall 2012 runway shows at New York Fashion Week. Major American designers including Jason Wu, Joseph Altuzarra, and Zac Posen injected an exotic global vibe to Fall, while the runways at Rag & Bone and Marc Jacobs showed us two new perspectives on layering that happened to be completely different. We saw the rise of orange, the dominance of red leather, and the return of wide belts (better to create those hourglass figures, my dear). If you're looking for the top trends of New York Fashion Week, you've come to the right place. Click to see our complete roundup of New York Fashion Week's top trends.
For Fall '12, Christopher Kane brought a decidedly Gothic vibe to the runway, returning to the leather, leopard, and PVC detailing he's used in earlier collections. Known for combining the futuristic with classic feminine details, Kane showed many looks that could be considered signature — there were knee-length dresses with supersexy cutouts, paisley-print skirts teamed with chunky cable-knit sweaters, and sleek, pinstripe leather trousers that gave a dose of Dick Tracy-cool to an otherwise subversive mix. Get the full breakdown below.
- Trends: Stripes, leopard, grosgrain prints, cable-knit sweaters, boxy jackets.
- Colors: Red, black, purple, blue, white.
- Key Piece: The leather cutout dresses in almost wood-like prints were sexy, yet sophisticated.
- Accessories: Obi-style belts, chunky heels, simple colorblock clutches.
- Who Would Wear It: Christopher Kane loyalists like Alexa Chung, Emma Stone, and Chloë Moretz.
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Erdem has had a huge year — multiple celebrities have been spotted in the signature florals and feminine dresses, including Kate Middleton — and the line embodies the ladylike aesthetic that's dominated fashion of late. For Fall 2012, the collection continues with floral prints, but this time they feel a bit more graphic, and there are some more structured silhouettes that give the collection a slightly '60s vibe. More pictures to come, along with a full review, but for now, check out the florals and lace Erdem will be giving us for Fall.
It's no big secret that some of the best style we spy during Fashion Week is actually found off the runway, and with such an effortlessly put-together brigade of fashionistas making their London Fashion Week Fall '12 show rounds, we've been treated to some serious outdoor couture gems. From models on the run to our favorite fashion fixtures to the Brit It-girl crew, the covet-worthy Winter wardrobes on display show off plush fur coats, super-sleek leather pants, brightly hued accessories, and a plethora of ultracool boots. Just like New York's frenzy of street panache, these on-the-go snaps provide a bottomless pit of styling inspiration. Keep clicking to soak up the latest from LFW now.
Alistair Carr showed a range of sophisticated offerings for Pringle of Scotland's Fall collection. Incorporating a rich color palette and plenty of cozy texture, Carr created oversized coats embellished with eye-catching colored collars, knitted dresses, and a smart play on twinsets. The latter, showcased layered sweaters made to look like a sweater and shell combo, but is actually just one piece. Additional highlights included the graphic colorblock slim-fit dresses, soft pastel-hued knits, and tailored two-tone trousers. More details from the classic-cum-cool collection below.
- Trends: Colorblocking, oversized coats, leather..
- Colors: Orange, gray, navy, black, tan, white.
- Key Piece: The knit dresses and bright-collared coats showed gorgeous details and tailoring.
- Accessories: Buckled boots, platform pumps, printed belts.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls looking for a refreshing twist on classics like front row attendee Olivia Palermo.
Burberry took a walk on the quirky side for Fall 2012. Stripes, bow-tie belts, owl-print tops, and bomber jackets made an appearance, sometimes layered together for something that was like Christopher Bailey's take on street style. It was a definite departure from past collections that hung purely in the sleek and sophisticated category. This collection felt younger, almost teen-like. Individually, there are covetable pieces, like the cropped bombers and the owl sweaters. Arguably the biggest show of London Fashion Week finished on a sweetly dramatic note: faux snow, which fell from the ceiling, while the models walked underneath with pretty umbrellas.
- Trends: Cropped jackets, peplum, military.
- Colors: Mustard, brown, wine, hunter green.
- Key Piece: Cropped bomber jackets are a must own.
- Accessories: Oxford heels, doctor bags, cute umbrellas, bow belts.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls with a quirky approach to ladylike style; think Zooey Deschanel.
We just saw Victoria, Victoria Beckham's Fall 2012 collection, and already the designer has been spotted wearing one of her prim and polished dresses in LA. To re-create this ladylike look, which is perfect for the office, just pair a sleek black dress over a crisp white button-down blouse, then add navy tights and black booties, like Victoria's Walter Steiger pair, to finish off the look. Then after work, remove the button-down shirt and cinch your waist with a skinny belt for a less professional, more nighttime-appropriate feel.