Fashion Week is all about celebrating the next season, and the hard work that designers have put into creating their beautiful collections. But, we had to ask — what would they do if they weren't designers? Watch Fab Flash to hear all of their answers! On Allison McNamara: Haute Hippie top, Melinda Maria earrings.
Posts for September 22nd 2012
Peter Dundas once again brought his signature bohemian-cool to the runway for Emilio Pucci's Spring 2013 collection — but this time around, it was more Enter the Dragon than last year's Spanish gypsy. The collection was steeped in Asian cultural references: slouchy bomber jackets were emblazoned with embroidered dragons, flowers, and tigers, and silky bed jackets were artfully tied, kimono style. To inject a bit of sex appeal, Dundas layered sheer pants under dresses and long tops, resulting in a pitch-perfect beach look for the season ahead. It was a collection that paid homage to the Pucci heritage — long, airy silhouettes and vivid patchwork-style prints — but also looked to the future, thanks to ornate detailing and Eastern-inspired undertones.
- Trends: Sheer, embroidery, patches, printed silks, anoraks, jumpsuits.
- Colors: White, mint green, black, khaki, gold.
- Key Piece: The plastic embroidered raincoat and sheer pants.
- Accessories: Cuff bracelets, espadrille wedges, metallic clutches.
- Who Should Wear It: Fearless style setters with a penchant for taking risks; Rihanna, Lea Michele, and Miley Cyrus.
For Spring 2013, Miuccia Prada was inspired by Japanese culture and '50s-era nostalgia. Her collection included structured silk box jackets, sharp skirts, and embellished dresses, giving us all a retro-chic aesthetic to drool over for next season. Prada's Spring '13 collection was really something to lust after. Don't believe us? Just push play for the full runway show.
Clean lines. That's the first thing that came to mind when we laid eyes on Jil Sander's Spring 2013 collection. In the first collection since returning to her namesake line in February, Jil made sure to remind us of her signature crisp, pristine design aesthetic by offering up sharp A-line coats with billowing cocoon sleeves, tailored trousers and pencil skirts, and sleeveless dresses with oversize pockets — all in a rich color palette of black, white, blue, and maroon. Each look was deliberate in its simplicity, and even the embellished pieces — tulip skirts and an airy white dress — were done in a way that felt cool and special, not forced. Overall, Jil Sander's Spring '13 was a lesson in smooth graphic lines, and a celebration of the restrained elegance that the designer does so well.
- Trends: Cocoon-shaped sleeves, oversize pockets, A-line silhouettes, sharp v-necklines.
- Colors: Black, cobalt blue, white, maroon, red.
- Key Piece: The longline sleeveless dress with oversize pockets.
- Accessories: Two-tone boots, structured satchels, wide-waist belts.
- Who Should Wear It: Celebrities with an affinity for clean lines and unfussy silhouettes like Victoria Beckham, Tilda Swinton, and Nicole Kidman.
Tomas Maier sent out a collection defined by its nod to 1940s-inspired femininity. The hemlines were longer, the floral prints evoked a nostalgic feel, and the cinched waistlines reminded us of Casablanca. Everything from poppy-printed tea dresses and butterfly-adorned belts to bustier silhouettes and platform loafers made their way down the runway, proving retro-leaning wares will be a mainstay in Spring's wardrobe. While it was mostly ladylike loveliness all around, there were a few tougher juxtapositions, too. Thus, for the slightly edged-up girl, Maier injected more exotic details — studs and snakeskin — into his dresses. If you're a fan of the brand's iconic woven leather bags, specifically the Intrecciato, you'll be happy to see a fresh supply of Spring-ready bags. And this round of slick accessories came complete with a more undone (read: shredded) finish, butterfly appliqués, and fringe. See our trend breakdown below, then click on for the full Bottega Veneta Spring 2013 collection.
- Trends: Retro floral prints, tea dresses that hit right at the knee, the butterfly motif, bustier silhouettes, and collar necklines.
- Colors: Peachy orange, black, nude, pink, rust, cream, navy blue, and white.
- Key Piece: While the bustier dresses are outright sexy, we don't want to be without the old-school floral-printed ones this Spring.
- Accessories: The brand's iconic woven leather bags, oversize clutches, square-frame sunglasses, platform sandals and loafers, and butterfly belts.
- Who Should Wear It: We're hoping Michelle Williams steps out in one of the quirkier poppy-printed sheaths, but as for the eye-catching platforms? They have Alexa Chung's name written all over them.
After one look at the Fendi Spring 2013 lineup, we had a pretty good idea of what Karl Lagerfeld had on his mind when designing it. An eye for beautiful shoes (can we have a pair of each?), a strong penchant for sportswear, a bright colorblocking palette, a dash of sparkle, and perhaps, a thing for geometric shapes. And who can find fault with a collection that so seamlessly fuses an athletic sensibility with the brand's luxurious fur outerwear? At its core, Fendi stuck to a geo-printed design M.O. (with mink fur thrown into the mix), and it was evident in everything from the structural cuts to the architecturally-perfect peep-toe sandals. In case you were wondering what bag you might be seeing on the arm of every It girl, look out for the quirky Rubik's Cube-esque cube bag, complete with hand strap and zippered siding. Get our trend breakdown below, then see Fendi's Spring '13 collection, in full, when you click on.
- Trends: Fur, colorblocking, an athletic sensibility, geometric prints, collars, and strong boxy silhouettes.
- Colors: White, orange, blue, nude, ecru, peach, teal, and yellow.
- Key Piece: The oversize blue honeycomb sweater — oh the layering possibilities!
- Accessories: A Rubik's Cube-inspired cube bag with zipper details, slick double-button belts, geo-shaped sunglasses, striped cuffs, and peep-toe sandals.
- Who Should Wear It: Loyal wearers of Fendi will flock to this Spring collection, so we expect to see starlets like Emma Stone, Jessica Biel, and Miranda Kerr decked out in the sportier dresses and updated bag styles.
For up-to-the-minute celebrity-spawned trends — behind-the-scenes looks, on-set fashion, and every item you've seen a celebrity wearing and thought to yourself, "I have to have that!" — our sister site CelebStyle has got you covered. This week, they're breaking down Emma Watson's The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie wardrobe, rounding up the best Demi Lovato-inspired leather jackets, and showing you how to copy Olivia Palermo's bold colorblocking look from London Fashion Week. Click on to see what you missed.
- Get a sneak peek at Tom Ford's Spring 2013 collection — Sandi in the City
- How to transition your floral shorts into Fall — Beauty and the Budget
- J.Crew's online sales increase after partnering with Gwyneth Paltrow — The Fash Pack
- Elizabeth Olsen stuns in the Guardian UK — Life, Love & Lace
- Chic collar necklaces under $50 — Cheap Chic Daily