Imagine what the patrons of a glamorous '40s-era Parisian jazz club would wear, and you're not far off from the Fall 2013 collection from DSquared2. Designers Dean and Dan Caten sent out a series of looks that ran the gamut from masculine (Cara Delevingne walked the runway in a double-breasted suit with full-cut trousers) to ultrafeminine, like the silk gown trimmed in ostrich feathers that opened the show.
Posts for February 21st 2013
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Everyone has co-workers who are a little cuckoo, but no one has a co-worker like Coco. In her third commercial for White House Black Market, Rocha shows off her signature dance moves — and engages in some fun workplace shenanigans — while her colleagues in a quiet office pay no mind. Watch as Rocha spins, slides, and tosses papers in this latetst video, directed by Ellen von Unwerth under the creative direction of Ucef Hanjani.
After seasons of bringing her customers conceptual, highly themed collections, Miuccia Prada's Fall 2013 show took a sharp turn to focus on things she simply likes. Prada likes fur, and so there was fur. Prada likes a cinched-in and belted waist, and so there were cinched-in and belted waists. And Prada loves an interesting skirt (she said as much in the Met's Impossible Conversations exhibit), so of course the skirts were decorated with sparkly flowers or finished with asymmetrical hems — or both.
If those hemlines felt a little undone, so did the models' hair: Prada tasked her stylists with making her girls look like their hair was wet, and some of them wore their dresses, whether cut from wool or brightly colored Vichy checks, off the shoulder. Letting go, ever so slightly, of the laser-focused precision of the past few seasons is just one of the things that makes this collection approachable, wearable, and elegant.
Call it wanderlust on fire. Roberto Cavalli's Fall 2013 show for Just Cavalli took its audience on a walk to exotic locales across Asia. But the journey was briefly interrupted when an antifur protestor stormed the catwalk — a long, raised black stage with digital flames licking the sides — holding a sign with the slogan "Your Fashion, Their Death."
After security removed her from the runway, the show progressed with wild pattern combinations: one cream sweater had sleeves cut from a quilted pagoda print and was paired with tiger-print trousers. Some looks were accented with colorful tassels worn as necklaces. A few pieces in a blue peony print looked sweet, but the red dress depicting a gold dragon swimming through orange flames had a decidedly tougher aura.
As for the fur pieces that were being protested, there was no shortage of those. A blue-and-cream colorblocked fur coat came down the runway, and red strands of fur trimmed a parka in a red and black brocade.
Comfort and warmth seemed to be the bywords at Laura Lusuardi's Fall 2013 show for Max Mara, which opened on Thursday with a series of looks layered underneath voluminous, cuddly outerwear.
Lusuardi stuck to a well-edited color palette of camel, brown, mustard, gray, and black for this outing, and put extra focus on round-shouldered coats and jackets. Blazers and topcoats with pushed-up sleeves sat on top of oversize cardigans, wide-leg trousers, or silk windbreakers. (For added ease of movement, the models all wore sneakers made from suede and python.) Just a few pieces of knitwear, like a brown sweater with fur sleeves and a yellow-and-brown striped dress with leather accents on the shoulders, made it down the runway exposed to the open air, but by and large, the coat reigned supreme here. It's an emphasis that makes sense: Max Mara's outerwear is among its bestselling categories. But this show was as much about ease and pleasure as it was about commerce.
Things have gotten more than a little hairy at Fendi. Karl Lagerfeld's Fall 2013 collection for the house, which he named Icons Unchained, seemed like a not-so-subtle commentary on the conspicuous reemergence of fur in luxury collections.
There were animal pelts all over this offering, including coats cut from stripes of alternating natural furs and hides dyed with neon colors, as well as booties, pencil skirts, scarves, and the house's Selleria handbags. There were even sunglasses whose stems were covered in fur, and all the models came down the runway with fox fur woven into french braids to create the effect of colorful mohawks.
As for the icons Lagerfeld was referring to, well, what's more iconic than opulence itself?