Check out all the looks from Nina Ricci's Spring 2013 collection, and come back soon for our full review.
For Spring '13, Rick Owens showed a slightly softer side of his subversive nature today, opening up his runway show with an array of light, voluminous strapless dresses and sheer layers. Given, the designer's penchant for sharp angles was still very apparent — his models all sported razor-sharp alien-like wigs and chained sandals — but there was a definite move toward easy, draped shapes and beautiful embellishments like the white fringed skirts, knotted tops, and slinky metallic gowns. Meanwhile, his lineup of structural leather tops and jackets is sure to please his devout following. Owens has always catered to the underground cool kids, but this decidedly softer collection just might be the gateway drug for fans on the fence.
Barbara Bui's leather-filled Spring '13 collection is sure to please the downtown crowd. It was all about the leather pants, strapless minidresses, and cropped trousers, some of which were paired up with beautiful embroidered vests and sheer blouses. And when it wasn't about the leather, Bui provided a gorgeous array of Navajo-inspired tunics and dresses along with colorful, floral embroidered jackets. We can already picture cool girls like Kate Bosworth and Kristen Stewart sporting some of these pieces to their next red carpet outing come Spring.
For Spring 2013, Balmain went Working Girl — designer Olivier Rousteing, though only 27, was clearly inspired by decades past, and offered up a runway show that could have easily doubled as a George Michael music video. The '80s references were hard to ignore — skinny trousers, crop tops, and exaggerated shoulders were central components of the collection — but so was the painstaking attention to detail displayed on Rousteing's embellished and woven wicker pieces. Jackets, pullovers, and minidresses were done in intricate baroque wicker-weaving and topped with jewels, and the designer also incorporated eye-catching harlequin prints and vertical stripes on low-cut jumpsuits, high-waisted peg-leg trousers, and oversize smoking jackets — lending a nice complement to the overall highly structured aesthetic.
- Trends: Leather, crop tops, high-waisted trousers, wicker, embellishments.
- Colors: Black, white, yellow, tan, sky blue.
- Key Piece: The sheer striped top with leather triangle skirt.
- Accessories: Woven, peep-toe ankle booties, embellished waist belts, oversize silver hoop earrings.
- Who Should Wear It: Risk-taking style setters like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian.
Ann Demeulemeester presented a collection constructed around flowing layers for Spring 2013. Body conscious silhouettes in saturated greens, blues, and purples were defined at the waist with corset-like leather belts. Contrasting the structure of the belts were floor-length transparent sleeves. More structural pieces, like metallic silver blazers, were layered with sheer fabric, provided the perfect transition to the billowy draped dresses which finished out her romantic, yet edgy collection.
Every season, Carven's Guillaume Henry gives the girls just what they want, and no doubt, his whimsical, ladylike Spring '13 collection is sure to have the same effect. The show was filled with chic suit sets highlighting expertly tailored blazers and full skirts, bright red cropped wide-leg trousers were paired with belly-baring knits, and of course, almost every look was completed with adorable collars. Dresses highlighted the designer's penchant for cool cutouts, and this time, they were cut in wing-like shapes highlighting the chest and midriff in an array of printed fit-and-flare shirt dresses, gorgeous lace tea-length dresses, and long-sleeved shifts. The most intricate look, however, came from a slate-blue, laser-cut leather embossed dress. More leather looks came from tan patent leather bomber jackets paired with silk pencil skirts, slim-fit blazers, and full skirts. And for his dressier, red-carpet crowd, Guillaume finished off the show with refined dresses showing intricate cutout detailing at the bodice, which are sure to make a show-stopping presence on the red carpet or wherever your day might take you.
- Trends: Cutouts, collars, leather, crop tops.
- Colors: Red, navy, eggshell, sage, moss, tan, burgundy.
- Key Piece: The embossed leather dress with the adorable matching collar.
- Accessories: Chunky, patent ankle-strap platforms, oversize sunglasses, leather and printed clutches.
- Who Should Wear It: The quirky ladylike set; Alexa Chung, Emma Stone, and Michelle Williams.
For Rochas's Spring '13 collection, Marco Zanini showed a whimsical collection filled with retro nostalgia with a sporty twist, as evidenced in the white rubber-like wrestling shoes he paired with almost every look. Structured polo shirts were paired with shorts, baggy trousers were styled with cropped shirts, and large, oversize midlength full skirts were paired up with cropped blouses. It was all about contrast and proportion, which Zanini further exemplified with a selection of voluminous capes and shirtdresses. Meanwhile, languid slip dresses and sheer maxi dresses injected a soft, much needed feminine touch to the collection — we especially loved the simple metallic silver rendition.
- Trends: Retro and sporty influences, floral prints, crop tops, slip dresses.
- Colors: Hot fuchsia, silver, gray, white, black.
- Key Piece: The hot fuchsia polo tunic top and matching shorts were adorable.
- Accessories: Rubber-like wrestling shoes, head wraps, round sunglasses, structured leather satchels.
- Who Should Wear It: Who likes feminine pieces with a little retro touch? Sarah Jessica Parker, Emma Stone, and Olivia Palermo.
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.
What do you get when you combine fresh gingham prints, Southwestern jewelry, a Little House on the Prairie vibe, and rocker-chick cool? Alexis Mabille's Spring 2013 collection in full. Marked by a little bit of this and a little bit of that, the Alexis Mabille girl knows how to balance a mix of sweet country-inspired separates with tough leather outerwear and moto boots — and while she's at it, she'll throw in a side of quirk, too. Did you see those ultraembellished cobalt-blue sweatshirts? When we weren't dreaming up ways to style the plethora of printed and reworked toppers, we also spied more than our fair share of wispy LWDs and lace-infused black skirts that, when all other styling inspiration fails, you've got these feminine staples to see you through. At the heart of this lineup, there's something for every sensibility: the girlie girl, the spunky styler, the downtown girl, and the bohemian. To see all of the pictures from Alexis Mabille's latest collection, click on.