Miuccia Prada pulled in the ultimate front row for Miu Miu Fall 2013: from stars like Renée Zellweger, January Jones, and Zoe Saldana to pals like Marc Jacobs, this was a crowd to be reckoned with. And they were rewarded with a cutting-edge but utterly wearable collection with an emphasis on elongated silhouettes in navy with pops of bright pink, yellow, and blue. Shoes with lug soles were paired with striped tights, while waists were nipped in on astrakhan and nylon coats. The effect was ladylike but off-kilter — just what her fans have come to love about Ms. Prada. Click through to see the full Miu Miu Fall 2013 collection.
Miuccia Prada took Miu Miu in a new direction for Fall 2013, and this is one trip we'd like to tag along on. The emphasis was on skirts, dresses, and outerwear with a long, often lean silhouette. Zip-front knit dresses went past the knees, ending in surprise pops of pastel polka dots. Astrakhan coats were a standout, including a belted one in navy. While the clothing had a sporty, feminine quality, Miu Miu shoes grounded the looks with thick curved heels, lug soles, and colorblocked metallic details. The brand's beloved bags ranged from structured doctor bags in bright pastels to a bucket bag that may indeed be the world's chicest luggage. Click through to see all the photos from the Miu Miu Fall 2013 collection.
Marc Jacobs has delivered a knockout Fall 2013 Louis Vuitton collection, emphasizing the intimacy and luxury of boudoir dressing. With a circular set of hotel doors surrounding an audience that included Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain, models like Kate Moss and Lindsey Wixson showed off ladylike looks with plenty of sex appeal. Tweed suits with nipped-in waists had degrade sequins while panne velvet dresses clung to the body. The house's famous bags were rendered in fur and other luxe materials, leaving the logos off the runway. Click through to see all the photos from Louis Vuitton Fall 2013.
Marc Jacobs certainly knows how to put a Fashion Month to bed. His Fall 2013 show for Louis Vuitton, presented Wednesday morning in the tented courtyard of the Louvre, was as elegant, comfortable, and spectacular as the boudoir-inspired slip dresses, coats, and pajama pants that came down the runway of his wallpapered hotel corridor set.
As the melancholy piano strains of Alexandre Desplat's "River" (used on the soundtrack for the film Tree of Life) began, models in close-cropped wigs emerged from numbered, wooden hotel doors that lined the periphery of the carpeted runway. Each model left the door to her room ajar — exposing black and white film projections and rooms filled with Louis Vuitton luggage — did one full turn on the runway, and then returned to her room and closed the door. Then the cycle repeated itself with different doors, different models, and different clothes until the final segment, when Kate Moss emerged in a low-cut, full-length, sheer gown decorated with embroidery. The audience cheered.
In glancing back at the many Miu Miu presentations, one thing is certain: designer Miuccia Prada has a thing for the eyes. Every season, her team seems to find new ways to bring light to this stunning feature. While the shoes may be the brand's shining glory, these top makeup palettes could rival any fancy footwear.
For Fall 2013, Chanel has mastered the dramatic eye yet again. Designer Karl Lagerfeld played with the fashion house's signature motifs, while the beauty team created a sparkling take on Chanel's signature smoky eye. The hair was styled straight and sleek, so it could easily fit under furry, helmet-shaped hats and be tucked into collars. And if the Parisian runway is any indication, classic dark pink polish will be huge for Fall.
The look: Glittered lids and vibrantly hued cloche-like hats.
Color scheme: Eyes dotted in glistening champagne and silver tones; fuzzy caps in shades of pink, mint, royal blue, and oxblood.
The ambiance: Celebrities such as Jessica Chastain and Milla Jovovich sitting in the front row at a grandiose production featuring a gigantic swirling globe.
The library at Lycée Henri IV, one of the most prestigious high schools in Paris, was transformed into a runway for Hermès's Fall 2013 show. Leather chairs and benches were arranged into rows, and more than one attendee commented on how comfortable the seating assignments were.
The clothes looked plenty cozy too. Christophe Lemaire sent a variety of great coats down the runway, including a few varietals in fur and one with wide bands of brown, red, gray, and black. Of course, if you're going to show your wares in a school, then they have to be smart. So Lemaire's offering was heavy on well-tailored suiting separates, crisp shirts, and functional dresses, but it was surprisingly low on bags. Perhaps the designer — and the house — want customers to study the clothing as closely as they do the accessories.
When the focal point of a beauty look is a giant cage mask, as it was on Alexander McQueen's Fall 2013 runway, you'd think that there wasn't much you could do with hair and makeup — but not at Alexander McQueen. Models at the show were done up in such a way that they resembled monarchs of the Elizabethan era. Ash-gray pin curls and matte pink lips stood out behind embellished cages. God save McQueen!
The look: Pin curls, flawless skin, matte pink lips.
Trends: Natural makeup.
Who would wear it: Queen Elizabeth I.
The Paul & Joe girl doesn't conform to the whimsies of fashion trends. Instead — and this was evident from the moment Lindsey Wixson took her showstopping opening turn on the runway — she marches to the beat of her own nonchalant sartorial drum. For Fall 2013 that meant a daywear mashup of masculine tailoring in slouchy, feminine fits: big coats with deconstructed shoulders in cozy patchworked fur, wide-leg "Charlie Chaplin" pants in beige wool, and superluxe sweaters in chunky cable knits. But it isn't all business with the Paul & Joe girl; she also knows how to have fun once the sun sets. Thus, there were metallic brocade suits with slim ankle pants, a gold lamé maxi dress worn under a smart little jacket, and — our favorite — a wool skater dress with jewel-encrusted stripes. Just the thing to do the trick.