Chanel's Fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection was a study in how to be a global brand. Start by putting on the largest production of Paris Fashion Week, complete with a glowing globe dotted with your store locations spinning in the middle of the Grand Palais. Then line up a celeb-packed front row, including Jessica Chastain and Frank Ocean. And finally, send out a strong collection that capitalizes on the DNA of the brand while hitting all the right notes for the season. Jackets had the de rigeur rounded shoulder and boxy shape, while high hemlines skimmed the leather of thigh high boots. Footwear took on a tough edge with chains strewn across the front, and there were endless varieties of the iconic Chanel bag — some familiar, some brand-new. Based on this collection, we might see some new dots on that globe come next season. Click through to see the full Chanel 2013 collection.
In case you missed it, JCPenney's first designer collaboration with Nigerian-born talent Duro Olowu is on shelves all over the country. And while the pieces in it range in price from $10 to $90, the designer says he created it the same way he designs the clothing for his eponymous brand.
"I treated it like a collection," Olowu says of the offering, which features his signature mashup of riotous prints, wild colors, and fresh shapes applied to clothing, shoes, and accessories, as well as home goods, notebooks, and luggage. "All the details you normally find on my clothing, you have here," the designer explains, and, indeed, buttons and closures come emblazoned with the designer's logo, and bags and accessories were designed with the help of the designer's friends Iris Apfel and Bella Foster.
A peek at all the pieces — and their prices — here in the gallery.
Photo courtesy of JCPenney
Maiyet cofounder Kristy Caylor and creative director Gabriella Zanzani took a "spiritual journey through the Himalayas" for Fall 2013, resulting in a collection that blended down-home craft with sophisticated shapes and even a bit of urban edge. Outsize wool outerwear with hand-felted sleeves or neon blanket stripes were especially appealing, as were shell tops, shrunken jackets, and slim pants in vibrant Varanasi silks. Also of note were the accessories, which, just like the other elements in the line, are produced by artisans the world over: high-heel knee boots with tassels and reverse appliqué clutches from Italy, leather crossbody harnesses from New York, and chunky studded cuffs from Indonesia.
Never mind that Bono, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, and Jessica Alba were sitting front row. And never mind that the setting was Paris's gorgeously gilded Opéra Garnier. The clothes on Stella McCartney's Fall 2013 runway were plenty spectacular on their own.
But don't go thinking that means glitter and glitz. Nope, this was pure McCartney, and that means clean, functional, comfortable, and very, very chic. The designer drew inspiration from her past on Saville Row, melding that world's pinstriped wool and large-scale plaids with oversize cuts and asymmetrical shapes, striking the perfect balance between masculine and feminine. "It was a redirection of Stella classics," the designer explained. "[They are] things I do instinctively and effortlessly, so paying homage to Britain and its classic tailoring and inserting a new femininity, bringing a sensual woman into it all."
Hedi Slimane was in a grunge state of mind for Fall 2013. With a booming soundtrack by Thee Oh Sees, models (like Hanne Gaby Odiele, Lindsey Wixson, and Cara Delevingne) hit the runway in barely-there tartan plaid and floral-sequined babydoll dresses, many of which were topped with open flannel shirts or cozy Fair Isle cardigans. But Slimane hasn't lost his rocker edge; there was still plenty of that. Leather was a predominant motif in the collection; it came in the form of slashed leggings, soft peacoats, and a flurry of sexy minidresses that closed the show. The classic YSL motifs were also still there — a bow at the neck, fur chubbies, the Smoking tuxedo jacket — just shot through with a distinct edge. No flou in this lean collection; just storytelling and the craftsmanship that the house is known for.
- Heidi Klum announced via Twitter that she will be the new judge on America's Got Talent. [Twitter user HeidiKlum]
- Condé Nast International has invested $20 million in Farfetch. This is the largest ecommerce deal to date for the publishing house. [WWD]
- Natalia Vodianova proved that she is as good of an athlete as she is a model yesterday when she completed a half marathon before closing the Givenchy Fall 2013 show. [Telegraph]
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What happens when a designer known for making feminine clothing borrows from the boys? For Fall 2013, Giambattista Valli fused his womanly aesthetic with sporty menswear staples like parkas, sweatshirts, and sneakers.
But an ode to androgyny this was not. The first few looks down the runway, mostly white and cream, combined garments like a safari vest with a chiffon cocktail dress, or paired a skirt in the floaty material with a crisp white shirt and an overcoat with a fur-lined hood. That dichotomy played out through the rest of the show, with Valli eventually succumbing to his penchant for glamorous women's clothing. A suit in a floral print was paired with a shirt whose ruffles spilled out of the blazer, and the last few looks served up the kind of sparkly red-carpet glamour Valli is known for.
Talk about perfect timing. Less than three weeks after taking her bow at Gucci's Fall 2013 show, Frida Giannini has given birth to a girl.
Giannini and di Marco announced they were expecting a child last November, but the excitement of the new addition hasn't slowed down the designer's schedule. She's expected to go on maternity leave until it's time to work on her upcoming menswear collection, which will be presented in June.
Photo via Gucci's Facebook page.
With a front row that included Jessica Chastain, Frank Ocean, Amanda Seyfried, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian, Riccardo Tisci's Fall 2013 show for Givenchy was among the buzziest of Paris Fashion Week outings yet. Thanks to a live performance by Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons and the imposing circular runway at Halle Freyssinet, it was also one of the more theatrical.