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Posts for March 4th 2012
For Givenchy's Fall 2012 collection, Riccardo Tisci showed a strong lineup of equestrian-inspired looks comprised of structural leather dresses, luxurious over-the-knee riding boots, and sexy lace. Precision-cut jackets were paired with jodhpur trousers, and full pleated skirts were styled with cropped caplet jackets, driving home the riding theme. Tisci's signature hard-edge style was present in every look; dresses ranged from architectural leather renditions to embellished boudoir-like slip dresses showing sexy slits and sheer detailing. For added texture, Tisci showcased sumptuous two-tone short-sleeve jackets and tricolor vests. There were also a bevy of leather pants dipped in bright red hues and our favorite: a standout pair of black quilted trousers. More highlights from the collection below.
- Trends: Leather dresses, structured coats, over-the-knee boots, jodhpurs.
- Colors: Red, black, brown, camel, tangerine, purple.
- Key Look: We loved the structural leather pieces and tailored blazers.
- Accessories: Over-the-knee boots, wide belts, leather gloves, silk scarves.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls who crave dramatic fashion-forward looks like front-row attendees Alicia Keys, Leigh Lezark, and Cassie Ventura.
John Galliano's Fall 2012 collection was the second solo show for Bill Gaytten, and the incumbent designer successfully set the tone for a charming, British-chic season. He showed gorgeous floaty gowns draped in silk charmeuse and accordion pleats, riding coats with ruffled collars, and sumptuous velvet cropped trousers, all in a decidedly autumnal palette of mustard, royal blue, and cinnamon. Seasoned models like Coco Rocha, Jourdan Dunn, and Lindsey Wixson walked the runway outfitted in sexy thigh-high tights, sheer gowns, and lavish feathered headpieces, punctuating a Fall collection that was a genuine mix of racy and refined, English polish and undaunted sexuality — something we can only imagine Galliano would be proud of.
- Trends: Ruffled poet collars, accordion pleat dresses, cropped riding pants, sheer and fur details.
- Colors: Black, royal blue, red, mustard, cinnamon, soft gray.
- Key Look: The sexy red riding hood: a black onesie with thigh-high stockings, topped with a red silk cape.
- Accessories: Thigh-high stockings, stately feathered chapeaus, lace-up booties, suede and leather gloves.
- Who Would Wear It: English sophisticates with a taste for ladylike glamour.
Through her signature minimalist lens, Phoebe Philo brought forth a sportier chic with the season's call to volume on wide boxy coats and cropped leather jackets for Céline's Fall 2012 collection. There was a subtle departure here from Philo's typical stuff — though it may even be an exaggeration to suggest it's a deviation at all. Rather, Philo enhanced her usual minimalist-chic with a few bold pops of color and a little luxe texture. Shapes were wide and boxy in Céline's signature fashion, but we did get a taste of bold flavor on fuchsia-washed fur on a long coat and a puffed up sweatshirt-style top. The usual fare was a simplified, albeit volume-injected exercise in androgynous outerwear silhouettes, cropped pants, and slouchy track pants. In every pared-down piece, from the leather shells to the streamlined clutches each model had in hand, Philo honed her craft for an uncomplicated cool.
- Trends: Boxy coats, leather, color-saturated fur, colorblocking, minimalism.
- Colors: Blue, orange, black, white, pink.
- Key Look: The boxy navy car coat with brown leather lapels.
- Accessories: Wide oversize handheld clutches; white pointy-toe pumps.
- Who Would Wear It: Fashion's unfussy types.
All photos courtesy of Céline
With a nod to South American dressing, Christophe Lemaire crafts a wearable collection of delivered strong outerwear — even capes and blanket-like ponchos were elevated with Hermès's quintessential luxe for Fall 2012. Relaxed staples were reimagined in sophisticated detail — leather layered in chubby fur, leather gaucho pants, leather capes, and loose velvet tops and dresses. Dressed-down got a decidedly dressier edge, but only really in its fabrication. As a whole, silhouettes were oversize; the vibe was decidedly more androgynous with masculine tailoring dominating throughout and inspiring images of Annie Hall's slouchy suiting. That's not to say there was no refinement here – Hermès's girl may not do frills, but she's certainly not without polish: cocoon coats crafted in rich color, swathed in suede, and finished with a touch of leather were steeped in Hermès luxe.
- Trends: Menswear, leather, ponchos, fur, prints, velvet, gaucho pants.
- Colors: Navy, gray, black, red, teal, orange, olive.
- Key Look: The front-zip cocoon coat feels impeccably chic.
- Accessories: Wide leather belts, tall leather boots, fedoras, long black leather gloves.
- Who Would Wear It: The girl who favors luxe without frills.
From all-angle shots of Viola Davis's fierce green Vera Wang gown and Gwyneth Paltrow's sleek Tom Ford choice at the Oscars to a plethora of ultra-stylish street shots straight from Paris Fashion Week, it's been a week for the fashion-savvy books. We've got every moment of the Academy Awards red carpet action, afterparty outfit changes, Paris runway shows, and to prove how little sleep we've gotten — we've also jumped headfirst into The Hunger Games fashion frenzy. It's time to catch up on it all — click through now to see which fashion apps you should download, how to remix your wardrobe favorites, and more.
With Spring styling on our minds, but Winter temps at hand, we love how our chic community has stepped up to the season-transitional plate. We're seeing mixed prints, perfect pleats, expert layering, and pops of bright pastels — it's a fun mix of pattern, color, and functional warmth. Here are our favorites: nontraditional, voilà, matching, fur and stripes, pretty accordion pleats, polka on polka, pleated hi-lo skirt, the pink floating house, faux fur vest and shorts, and blue laces. Congrats all!