Plaid, fur and sequins–oh my! This season, Michael Kors plays up patterns and textures with oversized plaid ponchos, fur coats, cuffs and collars, and floor-length sequin dresses. What does he seem to be telling us? Drama is in. MK’s go-to colors for this collection are red and black. The combination of these sultry colors make even a turtleneck look sexy. MK’s plaids and furs are reminiscent of old Scotland. His silhouettes are conservative and textures are thick and durable. He puts sweaters on top of dresses. Many of the models sport thick, chunky socks with heels. Yet, there are no high heels in this collection–MK’s shoes have mid-sized heels and Mary Jane-like straps around the front. There are even a few clogs and military boots in the mix. This collection is all about durability with a hint of sassiness. I definitely think these trends will trickle down into mainstream retail. Who doesn’t love a warm chunky sweater? Thanks, MK.
Jenny Packham, Kate Middleton’s go-to designer, surprised viewers this season with a bold, edgy collection inspired by 40’s film stars. Far from her usual collections of ethereal, ladylike bridal wear and dresses, the designer featured stunning ensembles with sharp shoulders and lots of embellishments.
The show opened with a cloud of smoke as models strutted down the runway, sporting coiffed hairstyles and blood-red lips. Packham said her inspiration for the collection was the time of film noir, a period known for “dark mood lighting and even darker morals.” Her looks suggested just that.
The collection, perfect for the modern, burlesque-loving girl, featured daring looks such as a black silk jumpsuit and a dramatic gown in an all-over black and white floral. The dresses were all about the shoulders. They were either capped-sleeved, one-shouldered, or dripping in studs and beading. The looks were prim, yet tough, with a dramatic black and white palette with pops of red and sky blue.
The noteworthy looks were a sequence of gorgeous, Oscar-worthy gowns with plunging necklines and dazzling embellishments. Packham revisited her talent for making beautiful gowns, however, this time with more drama and sex appeal.
Although this vampy look may not be appropriate for the college student, we can take some styling tips from Jenny Packham. Add a touch of Old Hollywood glamor to your everyday life by working heavy embellishments and retro silhouettes into your wardrobe.
Diane von Furstenberg’s Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection embodies the classic elegance of the fall. The collection features rich fall colors, lady-like silhouettes, and beautiful combinations of textures. She uses deep neutral colors such as maroon, red and black, in unison with varying pops of pink, bright yellows and greens. The silhouettes are elegant and simple, but also whimsical and playful. DVF adds edge to classic pieces by pairing sequins with fur and patent leather. In my opinion, this collection embodies the persona of a New York woman. It is very wearable, and the textures seem suitable for fall temperatures, yet there are pieces that are fun, quirky, and meant to give any woman a certain pop. DVF is a consistently beautiful designer, and this collection is no exception.
Casual, wearable cool was the reoccurring theme at the Derek Lam Fall Ready-to-Wear show. A new take on 60’s mod, the collection features winter white separates, plush leathers, muted florals, and chunky knits.
Models strutted down the runway with mod eye makeup and teased updos, sporting ladylike, yet minimalist silhouettes. The collection was not over the top, but extremely accessible. Lam managed to take edgy black leather and turn it into a soft, feminine and almost work appropriate pencil skirt. He paired the ensembles with gold metallic oxfords and floral printed box bags to liven up the wintery looks.
Lam’s strength was his ability to put a spin on casual basics, for a look that the everyday woman could easily wear. He dazzled viewers with a drool-worthy pair of red leather, straight-legged pants and surprised us with floral pants for fall. Lam anchored the collection with a series of perfectly classic coats. The show closed on a high note with a set of ethereal gowns worn under chunky sweaters.
Although these looks may not be realistic for the college student, we can take away some tips. Wear a pair of metallic oxfords with your skinny jeans for a casual, yet unexpected look for class. When going out with friends, unleash your inner rock star and wear a leather dress. And, of course, don’t be afraid to rock florals in the fall. This collection is all about contrasting textures; so don’t hesitate to pair your most lightweight top with a leather jacket or a thick sweater.
Although New York Fashion Week has come to a close, the fashion world still has another lineup of great runway shows to look forward to. Yesterday marked the start of London Fashion Week! The schedule boasts big-name designers like Felder Felder, Jonathan Saunders, Acne, and Temperley London, while offering new designers a chance to stage their collections as well.
Three years ago, Henry Holland was one of these new designers. 2008 was the first year House of Holland had a solo show at London Fashion Week, with Agyness Deyn as Holland’s model and muse. The 2008 show captured Holland’s quirkiness and sense of humor with its clever, slogan-ridden T-shirts.
The House of Holland Fall 2011 show, which took place yesterday, also captured Holland’s playfulness and youthful appeal. In the last few years, House of Holland has become as well-recognized for its patterned tights as it has for its T-shirts, and yesterday’s show did not disappoint. Neon geometric patterns and classic “House of Holland” alphabet prints dominated the tights. A majority of the models also wore knee socks, which were striped with bright colors. One model wore a signature Henry t-shirt, which read “Hawt Couture.”
Yet despite the colorful, fun appeal of the show’s colors and designs, the inspiration for the collection appeared to be not from the young, but the elderly. With its sweaters (one model even wore a neon Afghan blanket!), knee-length skirts, and frequent use of tweed materials, the show’s vibe was distinctly granny-esque. One could almost imagine a white-haired woman playing bingo in Holland’s plaid jumpers as easily as he could see a young woman wearing the same thing – a contrast Tavi Gevinson would most certainly approve.
Want to see the rest of the looks? Check out style.com’s slideshow here!
- Famously controversial actress Lindsay Lohan recently decided to expand her reach into the fashion world by partnering with fashion house Emanuel Ungaro’s new head designer, Estrella Archs. But it looks like this attempt is as much of a failure as her attempts to clean up her reputation. Ungaro CEO Mounir Moufarrige hired Lohan as “artistic advisor” for his fashion house, firing Esteban Cortezar, the head designer at the time, in the process. Ungaro himself is finally beginning to renounce his connections with the collection. After the line received horrible reviews from critics at Paris Fashion Week, Ungaro has been very vocal about his exasperation with Lohan’s lack of fashion knowledge and inability to design a wearable, or even sellable, line of clothing. Ungaro is so furious that the fashion house bearing his name is connected with the line that some critics called a “disaster” that he told reporters at the International Film Festival in Estoril, Portugal, “I have absolutely no connection with that house.” Harsh? After taking a look at some of Lohan’s designs, tell us what you think.
Although this collection seemed more appropriate for Resort than Spring RTW (must be the general pantslessness), I absolutely love Miuccia Prada’s use of baubles and fabrics. I could actually see myself wearing most of the collection to class – with some kind of pants, of course – a rare emotion felt during fashion week. The beachy prints are beautiful, the fabrics look lush, and who doesn’t love sparkling? (Can someone please DIY the crystal dress? Or the shoes? The bag? Anything??)
Though some critics have written off this collection as incomplete or juvenile, I find it interesting and playful, a good combination for Spring. And I can’t wait until my hair grows long enough so I can wear this cool pigtail look. What do you say??