Peter Dundas's Emilio Pucci girl is always sexy, but this season, the designer kicked it up a notch. Minidresses and thigh-high boots (not to mention the models' Penelope Tree bangs) felt coquettishly '60s, while lace insets, keyhole cutouts, and sheer panels delivered plenty of peekaboo appeal. But these weren't just clothes meant for dance parties and evening soirees: there were also plenty of everyday pieces, too. Among the best of those were chubby coats in fur and wool, as well as some dynamite capes and printed silk blouses.
Is the Roberto Cavalli woman getting tougher? For all the metal embellishments, the pointed shoulders, and the buttoned-up feeling of his Fall 2013 collection — there were no plunging necklines or overtly sexy statements to be found — you'd think the designer was dressing very chic warriors.
Thomas Maier is running a business. His Fall 2013 show for Bottega, a refined collection of wearable, salable, but undeniably interesting clothing, took its cues from '40s style and architectural construction. His penchant for artistic gestures was apparent from the word go, when Raquel Zimmerman opened the show in a black crepe coat festooned with ruffles along the shoulder, but he dialed those impulses back for most of the pieces. Most of them were pure elegance: a strong-shouldered dress in ochre fell into pleats that created a drop-waist effect, while a white shift dripping in blue beading (worn by Joan Smalls) looked as confident as it was sparkly. It's garments like these, that so seamlessly blend art and commerce, that have turned Bottega Veneta into a billion-dollar business. Who can resist them?
Donatella Versace is having fun with portmanteaus. Her Fall 2013 collection is named "VUNK" — a mashup of Versace and punk — because the offering imagines what punk clothes would look like if the cultural movement had only just begun today.
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Veronica Etro's Fall 2013 collection explores the tension between how to dress for today while showing respect for the past.
Is there anything better than a front row full of fashion's biggest fans? Maybe. But that doesn't mean a style-studded front row doesn't get our hearts racing. From London to Milan, this week's shows were packed to the brim with chic attendees, and not only did they bring their fashion A-games, but they also appeared to be having a grand old time doing it. After all, if P'trique is at Fashion Week, it can't not be fun, right?
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