Alber Elbaz staged his Fall 2013 collection at his usual venue — the École des Beaux-Arts — on Thursday in Paris. Filled with frocks printed with jumbo florals, slouchy suits, and party dresses so ruffled with organza tiers they resembled mille-feuille, this was a collection that walked the delicate line between masculine and feminine with perfect ease. Belted utility jackets in leather and wool looked superchic when paired with flirty A-line skirts, while jewel-tone shift dresses embellished with jumbo dragonfly gems added plenty of Elbaz's signature playful cool.
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A wind machine and big blocks of dry ice created the wintry backdrop for Rick Owens's Fall 2013 show, a dramatic fusion of Japanese tailoring and fabric mixing.
Olivier Rousteing loves a strong, '80s shoulder, but there were moments during his Fall 2013 show for Balmain when he inverted his proportions and focused on the hips.
- Brazilian shoe brand Melissa has unveiled sketches of its collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld. [Telegraph]
- An H&M employee reportedly leaked that the fast-fashion retailer will make its much-anticipated online launch this June. An H&M spokesperson, however, said no such date has been determined. [Racked]
- In other ecommerce news, Carven has launched an online boutique to accompany the opening of its flagship on Paris's Left Bank. [WWD]
- BCBG Max Azria Group Inc. has tapped the financial services company Blackstone to advise the brand's potential $1 billion sale. [Business of Fashion]
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Peter Copping brought drama to the Nina Ricci Fall 2013 presentation, positioning sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque at Steinway grand pianos in the middle of his runway to play the Philip Glass song "Two Movements for Two Pianos" as the background music to the show.
There are lots of gray areas in the tension between menswear and womenswear, and for Fall 2013, Ann Demeulemeester explored that tension using only black and white fabrics.
Alexander Wang presented his much-anticipated Fall 2013 collection for Balenciaga in Paris on Thursday. Wang has been lauded by critics and editors for paying homage to the Balenciaga archives while making the clothes feel modern, and for his use of texture. Read through some of the reactions to the collection below, and see every look here in the gallery.
Anna Wintour: "I'm very proud. I thought it was a very smart way to start, by not giving us too many fireworks."
Cathy Horyn: "If he continues to strike that modern balance between couture and the street, he will renew a great name — and win over doubters."
Lorraine Candy: "This was a strong, elegant, and feminine debut collection, which gives us hope of even greater things to come from Alex."
At the Grand Palais, against the backdrop of six old cars, Guillaume Henry sent out a Fall 2013 collection filled with pastel hues and supertactile wools. Silhouettes were less buttoned-up than we've seen from the designer in recent seasons, with jumbo coats (some with huge collars and swing backs), cutout necklines, and A-line skirts dominating most looks.
Who other than Gareth Pugh could make dark futurism look so good? For his Fall 2013 collection, Pugh abandoned the brief flirtation with the Middle Ages he showed last season and went back to basics — or at least back to his basics. The clothing here was sculptural, dark, and edgy, and it ran the gamut from minimally decorated to extremely ornate.
The show went from light to dark, starting with a series of white pieces — gowns, or floor-length skirts paired with jackets — with golden branches snaking up from the hems. Then black made its way in, as did gray and a deep, moody blue. Many of the garments featured necklines that stood up on their own, as if Pugh wanted the audience to focus on his models' faces and wild hair instead of on his clothing. But any competition those hairdos might have offered couldn't hold a candle to the black masterworks that ended the show.