L'Wren Scott took inspiration for her Fall 2013 collection from the work of Gustav Klimt, who made many of his most famous paintings sparkle with the addition of gold leaf. That explains the swirls of gold fabric on Scott's coats and dresses and on a dramatic cape toward the end of the show. It also explains the exuberant use of sequins and gold accents like buttons and bow ties, and rich jewel tones like teal, burgundy, and cobalt blue.
What's black and white and red all over? Justin Thornton and Leah Bregazzi's Fall 2013 collection for Preen fits that description, but the offering's story is about more than color. The duo got a lot of mileage out of their focused color palette and used fused prints like leopard and tartan to pleasing effect. Contrasting piping on off-center shirt collars looked modern, while the sleek cut of other pieces, like slim suits and a halter dress with a plunging neckline, telegraphed a confident strength. The show ended with a selection of pieces festooned with crisscrossing stripes of jeweled embellishment. After all, a little bling never hurt anyone.
A darker take on the bounty of the English countryside informed Emma Hill's Fall 2013 collection for Mulberry. Floral prints, like a spray of multicolored flowers on black fabric, bloomed all over the offering, as did variations on the classic English check in multiple sizes. Butterflies, another visual motif, kept the nature theme going, but a dark color palette of oxblood, midnight blue, and emerald provided an interesting tension.
But to keep things from getting too dark, the brand stationed a flower sculpture on the side of its runway and cast Max the dog to model a check coat and another coat in a butterfly print.
L'Wren Scott's Fall 2013 London Fashion Week debut was filled with pure decadence, showcasing real gold — 23-carat gold, to be exact — across an array of coats and capes and even on the designer's shimmery lineup of pumps and peep-toe booties. Inspired by artist Gustav Klimt and his muse Adele Bauer during his "golden" period, Scott created one opulent look after the other. Curve-hugging gowns featured their own "built-in" jewelry, while a sweeping cape highlighted leaf embroidery made out of pure gold thread. No doubt, this collection was made for the designer's devoted Hollywood following. In fact, Scott's rock-star boyfriend Mick Jagger was spotted in the crowd smiling ear to ear as he watched the collection go down the runway. See the most stunning, extravagant looks from Scott's collection now.
With Hitchcock's Tippi Hedren in mind, Temperley London's Fall 2013 collection displayed a covetable array of refined cable knits, sheer details, check prints, and eveningwear that can easily take one from London's latest art opening to the red-carpet parties in Hollywood. Designer Alice Temperley always manages to inject a refreshing element to her feminine wares, and this time it was seen through her refined embellishments and patterns. The opening set of looks showed an array of sheer, '60s-inspired printed blouses paired with full skirts, white dresses adorned with silver beading, and modern printed sheaths paired with swing coats. Meanwhile, full flowy trousers and cropped jackets provided options for everyday wear, “It’s important that people don’t just see us as occasionwear,” said Temperley. We can easily picture Kate Middleton donning any of the above and, even more so, Temperley's gorgeous lineup of elegant silk gowns.
Set at London's Heron Tower, the Preen Fall '13 collection was as much a reflection of its setting as it was a product of designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi's penchant for architecturally clean lines. Graphic baby-doll dresses — fixed with pronounced pointed collars — came down the runway in navy blues, blacks, whites, and reds. Tailored suits and angular jackets, which were punched up with asymmetrical zippers, provided a menswear-inspired slant, while the most feminine fare of the lot was saved for last. Near the show's finale, we were treated to all-out glittering floral embellishments adorning sheer blouses, skirt folds, and sportier sweatshirt silhouettes. Think of Preen's Fall '13 lineup as one that supplies the modernist with a colorfully cool wardrobe. See it all here — and now.
Front-row crew Lana Del Rey, Alexa Chung, and Harley Viera Newton have certainly found something to wear — and a luxe new bag to tote — in Mulberry's Fall 2013 lineup. Emma Hill played right to the It Brit's sensibility, melding heritage with a modern, cool-girl interpretation. Rich fabrics like shearling, slick leather, or traditional tweed were layered up in playful, even quirky silhouettes. Our full review will be posted shortly; in the meantime, click through to see the complete collection.
What would it look like if you dispatched your grandmother to a late-night dance party? That's the question Henry Holland tried to answer with his Fall 2013 collection, a riot of color, pattern, and texture the designer lovingly named "Rave Nanna." The shapes of the clothes themselves are appropriately ladylike, but Holland cut his shift dresses, sweaters, and skirts from wallpaper prints in pink, orange, and avocado green. One shirt cut from the material was paired with a jacket and skirt in an acidic shade of lime. What wasn't patterned, like a green tunic sweater or a midnight-blue dress, was decorated in mischievous symbols like sparkly cigarettes or colorful pills.
For House of Holland's Fall '13 collection, designer Henry Holland kept things sleek and fun, yet perfectly polished. The rocker-cool Brit offered up ladylike geometric-print day dresses, metallic trench coats, and slouchy knits with a decidedly psychedelic '60s vibe. In the way of accessories, Holland didn't disappoint; his retro go-go girl will be clad in oversize cat-eye sunglasses, wide waist belts, and, best of all, jewel-encrusted leather baseball caps. We can't wait to see these pieces sported on the street by Holland's brood of celebrity fans, including style-setters like Poppy Delevingne and Alexa Chung. Click through now to see our curated list of the 10 coolest looks from House of Holland's Fall 2013 runway show.
Roselli Jardini's Moschino Cheap & Chic girl isn't one to shy away from playful statements, but for Fall 2013, that playfulness also came with plenty of wearable appeal. Double-breasted blazers, mini shift dresses, and bubble-ruffled skirts felt youthful and easy thanks to boxy, '60s-style cuts, while slim ankle trousers and outsize cocoon coats with large lapels and collars lent a jaunty, downtown feel. Of course, it wouldn't be Cheap & Chic without a good dose of leopard print, graffiti scrawls, wild furs, and in-your-face hot-pink hues, but even those felt accessible when paired with chunky black-and-white-striped sweaters or slim-cut blazers and ankle pants in black polka-dot-studded wool.