Ah, colorblocking. For his Fall 2013 collection, Narciso Rodriguez turned out a collection of dresses that featured big blocks of either tone-on-tone color or contrasting hues. Our full review will be posted shortly. In the meantime, enjoy a look at the full collection.
The buzz surrounding Oscar de la Renta's Fall 2013 show was nearly palpable as guests — including Diane von Furstenberg, Mario Testino, and Valentino Garavani — settled into their seats at the label's show space on 42nd Street. And with good reason: not only does this year mark the incredible milestone of the designer's 50th year working in New York, but also, rumors had been flying all week that current de la Renta mentee John Galliano might come out postshow to take a bow. Sadly, Galliano was a no-show, but then again, maybe that's a good thing; the clothes that de la Renta sent down the runway were plenty news-worthy in their own right. Click through to see all the gorgeous pieces.
Those Olsen twins sure know how to put on a show. In an Upper East Side townhouse decorated with antiques — not to mention scented candles, roaring fireplaces, giant vases of cherry blossoms, and silver platters of tiny macarons — the recent CFDA winners presented a Fall 2013 lineup for The Row that was so stunning, it caused more than one first-time attendee to sigh "now I get it" upon leaving.
Which is actually a pretty understandable thing, because the pieces the Olsens make are so subtle in their beauty that they have to be seen up close to be believed. The duo developed their own fabrics for the season, and by keeping the lines of their Eastern-tinged wrap jackets, kimono coats, and origami dresses structured and clean, those gorgeous fabrics could really shine. One seemingly simple ankle-length surplice dress with a built-in foulard, for example, became intoxicating upon closer inspection thanks to the subtle shimmer of its silk "vine" jacquard, while a V-neck top with wide, three-quarter-length sleeves was irresistible due to its impeccable geometric silk-wool cloque weave.
J.Crew is really taking its spot on the Fashion calendar seriously. Not only does the company host one of the most anticipated presentations of the week, but now it's showing clothes that are just begging to be snapped by the hoards of street-style photographers that wait outside the Lincoln Center gates. Oversize clutches in neon hues, sweaters and dresses decorated in a frenzy of mixed Moroccan prints, and oversize coats blinged out in sparkling gemstones — all were present at the brand's packed Fall 2013 presentation on Tuesday, and all were dreamy enough to make even the most jaded fashion fans drool.
- Revealed: exactly one sketch from the Ralph Lauren Fall 2013 collection. [Facebook]
- Alber Elbaz will design a custom gown for Minnie Mouse to wear to Disneyland Paris's 20th Anniversary celebrations. [Vogue UK]
- Erin Fetherston decided not to present this season in order to prepare for her upcoming wedding to Cobra Starship singer Gabe Saporta. [New York Post]
- Nicholas Kirkwood will collaborate with Selfridges on a four-style capsule collection of shoes inspired by the film Oz The Great and Powerful. [Vogue UK]
- Prabal Gurung's collaboration with Target has been named a smash success; it almost entirely sold out in just one day. [Business Insider]
- Michelle McCool has left Cosmopolitan after 10 years as fashion director at the magazine. [WWD]
Neon lights sticking out of cinder blocks greeted attendees of Kate and Laura Mulleavy's Fall 2013 show for Rodarte, which took '90s motifs to an extreme and beautiful place. The sisters mixed patterns, textures, and metaphors to pleasing effect, perhaps best articulated in a selection of dresses with tie-dye gowns and sheer bodices with a floral appliqué. There were also lots of gauzy layers: sheer skirts stuck out from underneath outerwear, and there were opaque panels attached to slinky sheer dresses. Of course, it wouldn't be Rodarte if there weren't a completely unexpected element to the show. Enter the flesh-toned socks some of the models wore that were decorated with tattoos by tattoo artist Scott Campbell. Our full review will be posted shortly.
Fall 2013 saw Vera Wang return to one of her most revered skills: dressmaking. But don't go thinking that means this was a collection filled with the princess gowns and wedding attire that's made the designer a household name. Nope, this was a collection that showed off Wang's incredible ability to make beautiful, superwearable clothing for day — and she did it all using classic, sculptural techniques. Exaggerated cape and tulip shapes were the main silhouettes here; they came in the form of stiff twill coats with oversize armholes or squared-off sleeves, or in the form of puckered peplums on dresses and tops, or as gently folded origami skirts. And though there were plenty of gorgeous, textural fabrics to behold — heavy satin, metallic brocades, fox fur, and chantilly lace — it was a series of pieces made from iridescent sequins and jumbo rose jacquards in ultraviolet, magenta, and tangerine that really stole the show.
Tory Burch showed an artful Fall 2013 collection Tuesday morning at the Pierre Hotel, citing the Neue Galerie, Gustav Klimt, and Lalique among her inspirations. The offering was rich with visual and literal texture: a dark-blue rose print on cream fabric was turned into a coat and a handbag, while other pieces were adorned with lace, sequins, crystals, and oversize bits of colored metal. But it wasn't just the clothing that got decorated; many of the shoes had dragonflies affixed to them that caught the light as the models came down the runway. Our full review will be posted shortly. In the meantime, please enjoy a first look at the collection.
Wes Gordon's Fall 2013 collection was a '70s-fueled offering of clothing cut from lavish fabrics. The designer said he was inspired to create clothing for "the girl who's having an affair with one of the Rolling Stones," and to that end, he paired a suit cut from a yellow brocade with a cream shirt, and topped off a few cocktail dresses with fur stoles in blue, orange, and pink. Our full review will be posted shortly. In the meantime, please enjoy a full look at the collection.
Big hair, big prints, and big '70s style were the name of the game at the Marc by Marc Jacobs show Monday night. In a packed-to-the-rafters room at Lincoln Center — where Jacobs was showing for the first time ever, thanks to a recent scheduling switcheroo — Cara Delevingne, Lindsey Wixson, and their band of wild-maned cohorts marched to the thumping beat of Tame Impala's "Elephant." It was a high-energy, leg-tapping scene, one that was made all the more fun thanks to the vivid Brady Bunch prints and gleaming gem-tone silks that the designer sent down his runway. Slim-cut crew-neck t-shirt blouses paired with wide-legged cropped pants or high-waisted secretary skirts gave a laid-back working-girl vibe, while oversize A-line midi-coats layered cheekily over supershiny minidresses lent a Taxi Driver-era Jodie Foster feel.