We'll take our rock 'n' roll with a side of wispy lace romance any day, and at Roberto Cavalli, you shouldn't expect anything less. In one of his prettiest tough-chick collections yet, we were privy to heavily perforated (and shredded) details balanced with a sensual brand of skin-baring lace, silky slipdresses, and crisp white silhouettes. And while you'll still find Cavalli's edgier wares within, there's something refreshing about this overt turn to lightness and femininity. Check out all the pictures from Roberto Cavalli's Spring 2013 collection now, and come back soon for our full review.
If the scarf prints and bold umbrella stripes weren't enough to tip you off, surely the burlap sacks made into t-shirt dresses and printed with "Sicilia" across the chest were obvious indication that Dolce & Gabbana looked to Sicily to inspire their Spring '13 vision. In a collection that sought to capture Sicilian culture in its every piece, the inspiration that delivered the most literal results were the scarf prints, headscarves, tasseled earrings, and stripes that conjured images of the Mediterranean beaches and the striped umbrellas lining the sand (if you're plotting a getaway to the area, you now have the dresses to match your beach accessories). Of course, in large part, it's the styling here — the multicolored handbags and platforms, the scarves, and the oversize earrings — that turn the collection into more of a caricature. We suspect that if you stripped the stripes of their add-ons, you'd strip them of any over-the-top references, too. As for the scarf prints, silky peasant dresses, and high-impact minis, there's not much that can be done to temper the stuff — they call for an equally bold personality to pull them off; we suggest Anna Dello Russo.
- Trends: Stripes, scarf prints, floral appliqués, crochet, brocade, and lace.
- Colors: Black, white, yellow, red, khaki, blue, and green.
- Key Piece: The striped dresses and separates are certainly the most wearable of the bunch.
- Accessories: Headscarves, oversize beaded earrings, and multicolored platforms, flats, T-strap heels, and embellished bags.
- Who Should Wear It: We could see Diane Kruger in the stripes and Anna Dello Russo in the tasseled embellished minidresses.
In honor of Missoni's 60th anniversary next year, Angela Missoni crafted a perfectly refreshing collection for Spring '13 based off of one of her first memories of the fashion house. That memory, was a white suit featured on the cover of French Elle circa 1960, setting the tone for the opening looks on the runway — sheer white trapeze dresses, blazers paired with cropped capris, and tunics elusively hinting at the brand's iconic prints. The mood was crisp and airy, as further exemplified by the pretty hues of pink, orange, and green following afterwards in ombré shift dresses, collared tops, and a beguiling sequined blouse paired with a sleek pencil skirt. Meanwhile, sheer digital printed maxidresses showcased Missoni's luxurious bohemian aesthetic. The collection might have been devoid of the brand's in-your-face knits, but that's what made it even more exhilarating.
With more restraint than we're used to seeing from Marni, Consuelo Castiglioni tempered her lineup of prints in favor of solids and minimalist leather. That's not to say that this collection doesn't make any references to Marni's signature print play — in fact, it opens with graphic window-pane prints and finishes out with a few bolder floral coats and dresses; but the meat of this collection is a simpler side, punctuated with exaggerated proportions and a touch of leather. Voluminous, yes, but womanly shapes are not entirely lost — Castiglioni makes references to more feminine silhouettes with her takes on peplum, dressing with subtle fit-and-flare shapes and coats with ties at the waist. Right down to the streamlined clutches and minimalist ankle-strap heels, it's contemporary and coolly crafted, all with a dose — however restrained — of Marni's signature in a touch of jacquard, a flash of whimsical florals, and even a look finished in embellished shag as the show neared its finale.
- Trends: Peplum, leather, jacquard, graphic checkered and floral prints.
- Colors: Black, white, tan, forest green, petal pink, burgundy, coral, mustard, purple.
- Key Piece: The modernist plays on peplum.
- Accessories: Ankle-strap heels and platforms, ladylike purses, streamlined clutches.
- Who Should Wear It: Quirky, sweet stylers with a fashion-forward side, like Kirsten Dunst and Emma Stone.
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.
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.
Donatella Versace is known for her sexy, body-con styles, and her Spring '13 showing was just that, but perhaps with a more subtle touch than what we're used to seeing from the designer. The show opened with easy lace-appliqued minidresses paired with low-slung studded belts. The same technique was seen on a range of crop tops and hot shorts worn with sleek blazers and leather jackets. The most wearable, everyday pieces came from an assortment of skinny striped, dip-dyed, and lace-adorned pants paired with billowy crushed silk tops, emoting a decidedly '70s bohemian vibe. Catering to the red carpet, a brigade of color — orange, teal, pink — entered the runway, highlighting seductive high-slit gowns (Jennifer Lopez, anyone?) and short embellished minidresses made for leg-baring starlets like Lea Michele and Selena Gomez.
- Trends: '70s, billowy sleeves, leather, lace.
- Colors: Black gold, orange, teal, blue, pink.
- Key Piece: We loved the lace-embellished pants.
- Accessories: Sandal boots, strappy metallic sandals, statement sunglasses, studded belts, exotic crossbody bags, leather clutches.
- Who Should Wear It: We can picture the sexy high-slit gowns on red-carpet stunners like Jennifer Lopez and Lea Michele, along with front-row attendees Milla Jovovich and Jessica Stam.