A wind machine and big blocks of dry ice created the wintry backdrop for Rick Owens's Fall 2013 show, a dramatic fusion of Japanese tailoring and fabric mixing.
With Fall here, celebrities are fully embracing coats. Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Lopez have opted for black and white outerwear, while Penelope Cruz and Kim Kardashian are all about slick black leather trench coats. Penelope sported her Versace coat as a dress with black platform pumps while promoting her new flick Twice Born in Rome, while Kim also belted her black leather trench and wore it with black over-the-knee Tom Ford boots and oversize wrap Rick Owens sunglasses in London. If you want to get in on this badass celeb-approved outerwear trend, shop similar coats below. This Max Studio black leather trench coat ($398, originally $798) is our favorite — great price and quality.
Before a single model came down Rick Owens's runway on Thursday, the backdrop for his Spring 2013 show started gushing soap bubbles that fell to the ground in fluffy, cloudlike mounds.
If viewers didn't interpret that bit of theater as Owens foreshadowing a light, airy collection, then they certainly figured it out by the first exit, a strapless, silvery-gray dress cinched at the bust and hem over a longer, sheer skirt. In fact, save for a handful of black gowns toward the middle of the show, all the looks were presented in various shades of taupe, beige, cream, white, and silvery gray — much like, well, clouds. The shapes of the clothing echoed that sentiment with their volume and materials. Many of the pieces, including an eye-catching off-the-shoulder gown with an iridescent skirt, were generously proportioned, and there were a few plastic rain slickers thrown in for good measure. Owens also played with decoration in this collection. Some of the final looks were accented with little knots or bits of fringe, and circular metallic hardware kept a few sleeveless jackets closed. Which makes sense: it's a good idea to button up on cloudy Spring days.
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.
Joan Smalls hit up the the red carpet at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin working the printed-pants trend with polished sophistication. Up top she wore a sheer black blouse and on her feet black ankle-cuff sandals. The striking model then accessorized her stylish separates with a black leather clutch and small hoop earrings. Take a cue from Joan and spice up your nighttime wardrobe with a subtly sexy sheer blouse, printed trousers, and ankle-cuff sandals for a perfectly primped date look. Shop similar pieces below to get started.
Celebs are officially obsessed with the motorcycle-jacket trend, and we are super excited to see them varying the style from leather to suede. As you know, suede is just a form of leather with a napped finish, and its nonshiny appearance opens up a whole new category for the biker-chic trend. Olivia Wilde layered her tough TheEternal leather jacket over an embroidered dress in NYC, while Emma Roberts chose a black suede moto-style jacket to rough up her black-and-white frock in LA. Whether you're looking for a black leather jacket, a suede topper, or a bold colored number, step inside to see a handful of celebs in various styles, and then shop our favorite leather and suede picks.
>> Rick Owens offered up a softer side to his usual dark androgyny for Fall 2012. Sure, there was still a heavy dose of toughness — the show came complete with a backdrop of blazing fire and models in knit masks — but this season, there were also flowing silhouettes, nubby wools, and even a dash of color in the form of tan and peach.
Crafted in soft textures, easy shapes, and a mix of draped leather jackets and flowing coats and dresses, the drama of Rick Owens's knitted hats and masks gives way to a much more wearable Fall 2012. We'll have our full review posted shortly. Click through now to see the whole collection.
>> Lanvin, Dior, Balmain, Carven, Rick Owens — the past few days of Paris Fashion Week have been busy ones, so it's no wonder that the backstage mood has been just as high-energy as ever. The ladies of Lanvin played up the mystique with giant fans and new-wave shades; the girls at Dior looked demure in ladylike lipstick and super-sweet poses; and there was plenty of playful frolicking — not to mention an eye-catching array of candy-hued shoes — at Carven. Balmain offered up a dose of rock n' roll glamour with gilded shorts and heavy hardware, while the ethereal vibe at Rick Owens made for lots of ghoulish creeping. All the behind-the-scenes action and more, here in the slideshow.
Photos by Greg Kessler
“I always resented the idea of radical silhouettes or exaggeration being confined to the runway,” said Owens, when describing his Spring collection. “That kind of extremity should be accessible all day long.” That said, wearability was key for Owens, as seen through the simple cotton and leather fabrics he juxtaposed into a '60s couture-inspired line. Long, lean pillar skirts were the focal point, paired with a range of structured and voluminous tops. Most notably were the array of modern patchwork jackets and exaggerated bell-sleeved renditions. Meanwhile, flowy draped skirts and intricately ruched gowns provided a softer touch to the collection. The color palette stayed true to his aesthetic, featuring predominately black, white, and gray hues, but there was also experimentation with a warm clay hue. “There’s no irony," said Owens. "It’s not particularly witty. There’s no menace. This time, it’s really pure, simple grace.” More details from the collection below.
- Trends: Minimalism, pillar skirts, draped skirts, patchwork jackets, volume.
- Colors: Black, white, gray, clay.
- Key Look: The patchwork jackets with bell sleeves and pillar skirts.
- Accessories: Minimal platform sandals.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls who crave strong, yet minimal looks.