Everyone knows the coolest girls are those that can layer seemingly incongruous pieces in such a way that the total look feels perfectly meant to be. For Fall 2013, Dries Van Noten riffed on that idea, mixing and matching classically femme elements with traditionally male pieces for a gender-bending romp that felt fresh, youthful, and very, very chic. Floral-printed chiffon, shiny jacquard, and marabou feathers decorated shift dresses, tiered A-line skirts, and belted coats. They were often paired with slouchy boyfriend sweaters, crisp button-up work shirts, heavy wool trousers, and rugby striped tops for the ultimate just-threw-this-on look.
Held at the dreamy Hotel de Ville, the Dries Van Noten Fall 2013 collection was a veritable discourse on why opposites attract. In as much, the looks sent out offered up an even-keeled mix of luxury vs. minimalism, masculinity vs. femininity, and daytime vs. evening. Head-to-toe brocade looks were punctuated by fringe and an outburst of ostrich feathers; chinoiserie-inspired embroidery adorned blazer and coat lapels; crisp white button-ups were styled with feathered maxi skirts; and tiered, fringed 1920s-esque minidresses were layered over pinstriped cigarette pants. Could this be the return of the (reformed) flapper? Flat oxfords, even more ostrich feathers (on skirts and coats!), and a distinct nod to after-hours glamour point to "yes." But the heart of the Dries Van Noten Fall '13 collection lies in its mastery of contrasts — to see it is to believe it, so keep clicking.
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New York Fashion Week just kicked off and we're already blown away by the amazing street style. It's especially hard to look effortlessly cool when it's freezing outside, but we're not succumbing to the Michelin Man effect just yet. To help fight the Winter blues, we spotted a street styler donning these stunning silver pumps. Bold, with a simple silhouette, these modern heels inject instant shine to any ensemble. Whether it's paired with simple trousers seen here, or with black tights and a sweater dress, we're inspired to add a little dazzle to our look ASAP. Inspired? Shop our editors' picks below.
Clockwise, from left: Converse Women's Plaid Shirt in Jester Red Multi ($68), Rachel Zoe Black Sequined Abby Maxi Skirt ($535), Smashbox BCRF Be Legendary Lipstick ($19), J.Crew Everly Cap Toe Printed T-Strap Pumps ($325), Rowallan of Scotland Cara Tartan Clutch Bag ($45)
It was a "love at first sight" situation for us at the Dries Van Noten Spring '13 show, and after much office conversation (read: group-lusting after its wares), we think it only appropriate to re-create one of our favorite runway looks right now. The collection was crafted as a moody Spring romance, balanced out by chiffon plaids, darker sequin separates, and bold floral prints. And while we wouldn't mind trying on our own tartan-printed chiffon outerwear, it may be a little too light for the current cool weather we're experiencing. Instead, we're opting for a red-checked button-up that is equal parts polished and menswear-cool. You can certainly stay true to the outfit's other core essentials — yes, the long sequin-embellished black skirt is a keeper. To emphasize the look's textural intrigue (and inject a Fall touch), just add an eclectic pair of printed T-strap pumps and a black-and-white plaid clutch. Finish with a bright fuchsia lip color and consider yourself a season ahead.
Paris Fashion Week is well underway, and the shows have been breathtaking. Our style director, Noria Morales, is on the scene on the Left Bank to bring us up to speed on some of the gorgeous collections we've seen so far. First up: Dries Van Noten's romantic Spring '13 runway collection, full of airy layers, mixed prints, and a soft, pretty color palette. Then, get the details on Anthony Vaccarello's sexy, rocker-chic runway, which brought the heat with fluid silhouettes and thigh-high slits. It's all in today's Fab Flash.
It's no secret that Dries Van Noten has a way with mixing prints, textures, and colors. For Spring 2013, he put that skill to stellar use with a collection that blended languid, vaguely '90s silhouettes with mis-matched patterns in refined fabrics. Plaid featured heavily; it came in the form of airy chiffons and crepe du chine. Layered with metallic-threaded floral jacquards and an oversized lurex herringbone in softly-tailored shapes, it made for a collection that felt free-spirited, yet rooted in an utterly wearable and refined reality. "I wanted to go back to having fun with clothes," the designer explained. "It’s everything that I love. It has that kind of menswear/womenswear, kind of grungy, spontaneous feel."
Is there such a thing as couture grunge? Judging from Dries Van Noten's Spring '13 collection, there is. "I wanted to go back to having fun with clothes," said Van Noten. “It’s everything that I love. It has that kind of menswear/women’s-wear kind of grungy, spontaneous feel.” Fun it was, but with a very refined edge seen in the designer's perfectly crafted lineup of printed and rosette-embellished skirts, silk plaid blouses, crinkled floral printed trousers, and sleek peplum vests. Even the robe blazers and jackets had a decidedly louche yet elegant tilt to them. Meanwhile, Van Noten showed easy floral-printed slip dresses and diaphanous sheer gowns that billowed effortlessly down the runway. It was the most romantically cool collection we've ever seen, and suffice to say, we want every single look.
- Trends: Plaid, floral prints, embellishments, sheer layers.
- Colors: Navy, aubergine, sage green, blue, gray, pale yellow.
- Key Piece: The gorgeous black embellished skirt paired with the aubergine sheer plaid blouse.
- Accessories: Printed pumps, plaid clutches, round oversize sunglasses, metal pendant necklaces.
- Who Should Wear It: Fashion heavy hitters who have a penchant for eclectic silhouettes and embellishments like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Cate Blanchett.
Katie Holmes headed to New York Fashion Week looking sleek as ever in a black leather Holmes & Yang blazer and black skinny jeans. The actress-slash-designer wore a white camisole underneath her jacket, then accessorized via a Lanvin pearl and ribbon necklace, round tortoise sunglasses, a black Valextra for Holmes & Yang satchel ($4,350), and these Dries van Noten sequin slingback pumps ($468). What's great about Katie's latest look is that it can be re-created for work and for the weekend. Shop similar pieces, including her exact pumps, to get her polished look.
By now florals are a fashion mainstay, but the newest nature-inspired print trend is landscapes: trees, mountains, oceans, waterfalls, sunsets, and other beautiful scenery. And celebrities have embraced the artsy look via eclectic pieces. Drew Barrymore covered up her baby bump in a Dries Van Noten landscape-print coat with red flats in LA, while Michelle Williams wore a Carven dress with mountains on it with high-top sneakers in NYC. To get in on the celeb-approved trend, shop our favorite landscape-printed pieces below, including the skirt version of Drew's coat ($889).