>>The 1967 film Far from the Madding Crowd was the touchpoint for the darkly aristocratic Pre-Fall 2012 McQ collection. A rich olive green — found on anoraks, military-tinged riding jackets, and quilted biker coats — along with a smattering of tweed and cable knit lent an English countryside vibe, while high-neck collars, ruffled blouses, and fit-and-flare silhouettes added a dose of primness. This being McQ, there was still plenty of accessible edge: wide black belts, cropped leather gloves, and moody prints.
>> For Pre-Fall 2012, Rachel Zoe infused her signature '70s sensibility with a dose of something new: '60s mod. Mary Quant peacoats, trim ankle pants, and perky minidresses mixed easily among lean-flared trousers, slim-lined blazers, and floaty maxi dresses — pieces that are by now Zoe classics. Silhouettes stayed clean, as did the color palette — just a splash of vivid red, fuchsia, and cyan here or there to contrast what was an overall subdued story of black, taupe, gray, and cream. Texture — and a bit of California glamour — came in the form of matte sequins, printed chiffon, and a high-pile faux fur.
Photos courtesy of Rachel Zoe
>> Slits, cut-outs, and head-to-toe print looks — courtesy of the Resort collections — all got major play this week. See who went there — and who got two nods apiece — in the slideshow.
>> With so many newbies (Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra) joining established Cruise veterans (Michael Kors, Chanel), the number of designers presenting Resort collections this year topped out at nearly 200. That's a pretty hefty number — one that pushes Resort from a mere rest stop between two big seasons to a definitive moment all on its own. It also means more outfits than ever for whatever holiday-fêting, jet-setting, beach-lounging, city-cruising adventure one has in mind. Here's a look at some of the most dominant themes to emerge during the biggest Resort season yet.
(At left, a look from Celine Resort 2012)
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>> The season's most perfect boot might just be one that's lined in fur. Whether elegantly sleek like Manolo Blahnik's mink version or tough and rugged like YSL's beaver-cuff pair, one thing's for sure: these boots exude just the right amount of cold-weather cool. Click through to shop them all now.
>> Woody Allen’s Manhattan and Diane Keaton in the '70s were Scott Sternberg's starting points for Boy. by Band of Outsiders Pre-Fall 2012. "I was re-watching Manhattan for, like, the 15th time, and that way of dressing that you see in Diane Keaton's character — corduroy suits, button-ups, a certain type of plaid, a high neck—just seemed really fresh, or close to it," Sternberg explained. "Certainly in need of an update, but the nice start of an idea about dressing for the fall." A ladybug print borrowed from a '40s archival piece was placed on a boiler suit, and the plaid dress at left was given a raw-edged hem.
>> Marc Jacobs recently told Vogue that he and former fiancé Lorenzo Martone — who broke up in the Summer of 2010 — are still close. "Yeah, we are best friends," says Jacobs. "We speak to each other, I don't know, six times a day." Now, a Brazilian gossip site is reporting that Jacobs may have moved on to a new Brazilian boyfriend — porn star Harry Louis. When Louis — who lives in London (where he allegedly met Jacobs) — was asked about the rumored relationship, he replied: "I have nothing to say about it." In the photo above, the two were snapped together in Paris. [GPS Brasilia]