While hundreds of looks appeared on the catwalks during Fashion Month, there are only a few vital trends you need to know. Casual braids, angular nail designs, and vamp-y lip hues were just some of the styles on repeat from New York to Paris. Take note of these top five trends to try when you watch.
While designers are showing their marvelous collections tucked inside tents and buildings scattered across New York City, London, Milan, and Paris, there is an even greater spectacle occurring between shows. The ladies who peacock twice a year during Fashion Month dictate the trends just as much as — if not more than — the designers' creations. We saw a bevy of beauties this month, so click through for some hair, makeup, and manicure inspiration!
Here are the top 10 trends (you should know about) for Fall 2013. That's right; we're breaking down the standout looks straight from the runways of all four — New York, London, Milan, and Paris — Fashion Week cities right here. A serious '90s grunge revival was staged at Saint Laurent, the likes of which Courtney Love would be proud. Shades of blue cascaded down the Prada, Missoni, and Carven catwalks (to name a few); high-impact details took jeweled, feathered, and appliquéd shape at Lanvin, J.Crew, and Tom Ford; and the new It shoe was grounded, thanks to lug soles, ridged platforms, and much chunkier soles. Click on for our comprehensive Fashion Week Fall 2013 trend breakdown.
— Additional reporting by Chi Diem Chau and Hannah Weil
Turns out Suzy Menkes isn't the only person with thoughts about all the bloggers and street-style stars armed with cameras outside fashion shows. In Take My Picture, a new minidocumentary created by Garage Magazine, a variety of people in the fashion industry — from critics and stylists to designers and even bloggers themselves — address the phenomenon.
Tim Blanks is perhaps the most vocal person in the video, even though he says he initially found it "charming . . . for so many different kinds of people to be so enthusiastic about fashion." Now, he's just had enough.
"It's empowering, but it's empowering in the way that reality TV has been empowering," Blanks says in the video. "It makes monsters. It doesn't make gods; it makes monsters. It's coarsened, but that's always the process, isn't it — with everything? You can't think of any leap forward that didn't at some point become a parody of itself. But then what happens next?"
And while some of the people in the video agree that the throngs of people outside shows have gotten to be a little too much, others defend street-style photography and the growth of blogging as having redeeming qualities.
"Of course now it's one of the strategies," says Vika Gazinskaya, an oft-snapped Russian designer who first started showing her brand in 2007. "And as I always say, it's a great opportunity for young designers who have no budget for advertising. It's the best way, of course."
A look at what others from the industry, including Tommy Ton, Susanna Lau, Phil Oh, and Hanneli Mustaparta had to say on the matter in the video below.
Let's forget for a moment that we're in the throes of Spring and have just turned our clocks forward an hour — it's time to discuss some of the spectacular shoe trends that emerged from Fall 2013's recent runways. Of course there were the overarching styles, like pointy-toed pumps, ankle-strap heels, and Winter boots, but we also saw many microtrends that are definitely worth noting. Silhouettes like the sandal boot popped up at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Kenneth Cole, and Kenzo, while the power of the menswear-inspired loafer reigned supreme at Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, and Marni. For the print-lover, designers like Roberto Cavalli and Erdem offered up sweet florals and powerful animal patterns, and the edgy-cool boots at Versace and Chanel spoke to our inner style renegade.
We've rounded up six of the shoe trends that caught our eye over the past month, and are featuring the standout examples right here. Click through to see some of our favorite footwear styles for Fall, and let us know which ones you're most excited about.
The final lap of Fashion Month treated us to a street-chic finale in the City of Light. Even in its final hours, Paris's fashion-conscious crowd supplied a perfect mix of effortless and impeccably styled inspiration. In every iteration, it's a lineup of street style that's sure to speak to a range of fashion sensibilities. Click through for the best snaps — that's over 400 of our favorites – from Paris Fashion Week.
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Fashion Month is officially over, which means we've seen all the designer-approved nailwear for Fall 2013. We're taking a look back at the standout manicures from all four cities: New York, London, Milan, and Paris. Sit back, relax, and find your next favorite nail design or polish hue straight from the runways.
Over Fashion Month, we saw hundreds of beauty looks come down the runway, from barely-there makeup to full-on Queen Elizabeth I regalia. And in between these two extremes were looks that will undoubtedly challenge the average woman to try something new. Click through to get the abridged version — complete with both wearable and just plain gorgeous styles — from the New York, London, Milan, and Paris catwalks.
It's time to break down the biggest trends from the Paris Fashion Week runways. Blue hues remained a front-runner with designers like Valentino, Chloé, and Carven showing us their most tailored ladylike renditions. Plaid patterns ranged from punk to polished, while oversize coats were offered up in every variety thanks to Miu Miu, Balmain, and Dries Van Noten. Additionally, designers like Alexander McQueen and Chanel showcased some exciting head adornments and new neck gear to look forward to in the future. There's more where that came from; click on to see our top 10 trends from Paris Fashion Week right now.
— Additional reporting by Marisa Tom and Hannah Weil
Paris Fashion Week — and Fashion Month, for that matter — is done! Since we've culled all the standout shoes from past cities, we weren't about to forget Paris. France's finest sent gorgeous shoes down the runways, with brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Valentino, and more raising the bar for Fall '13 footwear trends — and weren't we all waiting with bated breath to see what new It shoe Isabel Marant would be serving up this season? From burgeoning trends (lug soles, anyone?) to sleek standards like pointy-toe pumps, ankle-strap heels, and menswear-inspired brogues, click through now to see 80 of our most-loved shoes from the Paris runways.