Roksanda Ilincic was in a pretty-in-pink state of mind for Fall 2013, but don't expect overtly feminine wares from the designer known for her modern, streamlined silhouettes. Utilizing a mix of textured wool, PVC, and fur, Ilincic paired glossy, full skirts with cropped sweaters, long overcoats with midi skirts, and fuzzy caplets with streamlined sheaths. Meanwhile, splashes of bright green, black, and chocolate brown tempered the designer's pink story. Also of note were the shoes: tonal striped lace-up booties completed Ilincic's whimsically modern Fall lineup. Just click through to see the most stunning looks from the runway.
Of course, the unifying theme of Ford's opus is glamour, but the opulence of this offering was positively unbridled. Ford pulled out all the stops: beading, lace, fur, fringe, and raucous pattern combinations to create a conspicuously expensive-looking collection. And while some pieces — like an intricate long-sleeved black evening gown in a sheer lace — are exactly what we've come to expect from Ford, others (fur puffer jackets, beaded graphic silk bombers, and the like) are so outside Ford's usual milieu that they were almost shocking.
But Ford likes to have fun, and if any one adjective describes this show, that's it.
Wild, crazy, graphic-printed, and eye-catching: Tom Ford's Fall '13 collection — the first public runway debut of his eponymous line — is a clearly defined departure from minimalism and a serious rebel yell to all-out decadence. Black-and-white deco prints laid claim to plush fur coats, fitted sheaths with frayed hems, structured aviator jackets, and even thigh-high boots. But it wasn't just a collection of two-toned optics; Ford sent out leopard-print getups alongside bright trousers and even brighter fur puffer jackets. As for the evening gowns? They came slinky, long-sleeved, and adorned with sequined comic-book-like graphic embellishments. With Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel sitting front row and every notable fashion editor in attendance, it's certainly a Fall '13 lineup that packed a punch from start to finish. But isn't that exactly where Tom Ford excels?
Michael van der Ham's dazzling way with texture and print was in full effect at the designer's Fall 2013 show in London Monday, but this time around, the dazzle was tempered with hint of darkness. In a subdued palette of navy, black, rust, and pale olive on a tactile mix of chiffon, jacquard, and printed silk, the designer offered up looks that felt wearable yet luxe. Round-shouldered jackets and drop-peplum tops inspired by vintage couture were paired with slim-cut ankle pants and crewneck sweaters for an eclectic, youthful vibe, while shift dresses and silk blouses peeked out beneath structured tops that had been cut away with oversize, "moth-eaten" holes.
Even with New York Fashion Week's star-studded styles fresh on our minds, the London shows supplied us with another round of famous faces (and killer outfits) taking their seats in front rows across the pond. At Burberry Prorsum, we spotted Rosie Huntington-Whiteley working a bold red suit, Kate Beckinsale looking fresh as ever in all white, and Freida Pinto exuding easy glamour in her Burberry peplum top and cropped trousers. But the latest noteworthy arrival comes from Mr. and Mrs. Timberlake, looking equal parts sexy and sophisticated at Tom Ford. With London Fashion Week wrapping up tomorrow, join us as we take a front-row look at the best celebrity looks before we head on to Milan.
— Additional reporting by Melody Nazarian
Alexa Chung, Kate Bosworth, and Olivia Palermo are just a few of the fashionable celebrities who've made their way over to London Town for the latest round of Fashion Week festivities. After attending the opening of LA's first-ever Topshop store, Kate Bosworth showed her support again at the Topshop Unique show in a textural look of fur and sequins. Over at Mulberry, Alexa Chung delivered another one of her signature menswear-inspired ensembles, while Olivia showcased her styling prowess in three different prints. For all the updates from across the pond, watch today's edition of Fashion Flash. On Allison McNamara: StyleMint top, J.Crew blazer, J Brand jeans. Hair and makeup by Kasia Bohos.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were dressed to the nines for the Tom Ford runway show during London Fashion Week today. Both stars wore looks from the designer's collection and posed together before heading to their seats in the front row, where Justin shared a photo from the runway on his Instagram account, saying that the designer "killed it." Justin and Jessica caught a flight from LAX and arrived overseas this weekend to take in the Fall 2013 shows.
Justin and Tom Ford have been working together recently on a number of projects. Tom created the artwork for Justin's "Suit & Tie" single, and the two have teamed up to release a menswear collection that will accompany Justin's upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience.
He may be known for churning out ladylike collections fit for a princess, but don't be fooled. Just a few short years ago, Erdem Moralioglu's signature garden prints, delicate laces, and dreamy color palettes weren't always so pure and sweet. The darkly gorgeous Fall 2013 collection the designer presented in London Monday was a welcome reminder that the designer is still quite adept at mixing prettiness with edge.
Layers of black organza shrouded nearly every look, creating a veiled, surreal effect on paillette-covered dresses, tweed suits, and oversize coats. Silhouettes were as ladylike as ever — high necks, slims skirts — but thanks to seams that had been sliced away and replaced with sheer fabric, there was a newfound sexiness at play as well. As for the floral prints and romantic laces that have become Moralioglu's calling card? Those were plenty present too. They came in shades of lilac, midnight blue, citrine, and inky black, and were decorated with wispy ostrich feathers, matte sequins, and metallic thread — all of which was also veiled in layers of sheer black
What a pity it was that Burberry couldn't show on Valentine's Day. Christopher Bailey's Fall 2013 show for the brand — a romantic, ladylike offering called Trench Kisses — seemed perfectly suited to the lover's holiday, with its widespread use of a heart print and a soundtrack that included the love song "Happy Together" and a stirring live performance of Tom Odell's "Hold Me."
But back to the clothes. Bailey specializes in classics with modern twists, and he delivered on that promise here. His trench coats, the backbone of his collections, were updated for Fall with sleeves in leopard or thick, translucent rubber and accented with strips of polished metal. A skirt, jacket, and several bags were covered with little strips of leather attached by grommets; other decorations included thick, bold stripes and oversize graphic animal prints like giraffe or cowhide. And as if in an effort to tame those wild beasts, Bailey sent all of his models down the runway in demure kitten heels.
If Christopher Kane is feeling a new kind of pressure now that he's under the PPR umbrella, his Fall 2013 collection certainly didn't show it. In fact, the broad-shouldered army he sent down the runway looked pretty darn confident — and tough enough to handle any extra expectations the designer's new luxury backing might hold.
Proving he's content to just be himself, the designer mixed plenty of his classic signatures — kilt-inspired closures, metallic floral appliqués — with a bucket-load of new ideas. An opening series of power coats and A-line skirts, for example, featured camouflage in various shades and textures; some came in vivid blue hues on fuzzy fleece wool, others in murky grays decorated with matte satin. Also in the mix were sheer minidresses and coats embroidered with large-scale flower motifs, velvet cutout dresses with oversize knit stitches, and off-the-shoulder satin dresses fringed with rounded feathers. "It's been a great year and I just had so many ideas that I couldn't live without," the designer explained backstage.