Looking like a top athlete without exercising, that’s this season’s active-passive trend. ‘Cause even though those Alexander Wang, CNC, DKNY and Philip Lim design appear super sporty, we’re afraid you can not even make a 100m run it them. All that sheerness, those cut outs and mesh fabrics of course breathe a sporty vibe, but construction-wise they might not survive a real exercise. Yet of course that doesn’t mean we won’t fully embrace those baseball style jackets, oversize sheer sweaters, large collars, hoodies and bright & white combining jackets. Add a cool leather cap (you’ve probably already scored one of those last winter) and a pair of limited edition Nike Air Max and release your inner sporty spice!
This summer is all about graphics. And besides wide stripes checks have been revised by a large number of designers. It’s gone with the tame housewife checks, the rough lumberjack prints and the folkloristic tartans; this season checks are feminine, young, fun and modern. The chicest sheer examples were probably presented by Dries van Noten, who manged to perfectly blend colors, materials and floral prints in his summer looks. At Louis Vuitton, where even the catwalk was checked, they were the key aspect of the show. Sportmax and Chanel added some sheerness, Marni started mixing, Philip Lim went for fresh checks and floral accents. Then of course there were harlequin, pied-de-poule and tartan examples both on the runway and the streets. Whether it’s a checked suit or a lumberjack blouse tied around your waist; there’s no avoiding this trend. Checks please!
Short dresses, graphic patterns, eye catching collars, lots of black & white and heavy make-up. The sixties revival was in full swing during the spring/summer 2013 presentations from the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Moschino and Cacharel. Yet it was out with the doll-ish look and in with the stronger modern sixties styles. Skirt lengths, color palettes and hairdos might have been inspired by the Mad Men era; this sixties girl is definitely more self conscious and streetwise than the girls back in the days. She is not afraid to add peep toe shoes, a giant pearl necklace or even try on a more masculine, boxy kind of ensemble. Her dresses are short yet comfortable. Her prints daring, perhaps even slightly man repelling. But this sixties girl doesn´t care. She dresses up for no one else but herself and is enjoying it to the fulliest.
Countless fashion lovers dress head to toe in black every single day. A smart, safe style option you can never go wrong with. Now it seems there’s a pretty good alternative to all that black; fully dressing in white. Big brands like Chloé, Alexander Wang, Comme des Garcons, DKNY, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy, Jil Sander, Lacoste, Marni, Missoni and Rochas all picked up this positive, clean and summer proof trend. With looks ranging from tuxedo to sporty chic, from casual to more party inspired. The strongest SS2013 looks contain not only multiple white fashion pieces, but have different materials too. So mix your light knits with some crispy white sheer parts and add some jersey details along the way. Russian streetstyle sensations Mira Duma and Anya Ziourova have already been sporting this trend for a few seasons and it won’t be long till the rest of the world follows. Once you go completely white it just feels right.
It was a flamboyant, glamorous collection Frida Giannini sent out for Gucci. She was inspired by Richard Avedon and style-icons like Marella Agnelli, Talitha Getty and Gloria Vanderbilt. The colors were vibrant, the silhouette lean and tailored with bold, large scale ruffles. Giannini introduced a new ‘pajama’: a tunic over matching fluid pants. She showed it sometimes with abundant, tiered ruffles running down the sleeves, sometimes with cutout backs. The unfussy femininity made for a bridge between sportswear and a suit. Giannini diversified a bit with a python jacquard and a giant sea anemone print.
Shoe heels have been increasing in length enormously for the past few years and ‘the higher the better’ might even have been your personal heel motto, but it’s time for a change. As comfort is becoming more important in fashion again shoe heels have dropped a few inches. We spotted lower (kitten) heels at several big shows this season. Louis Vuitton, Ninna Ricci, Tory Burch and Hermes all opted for a slightly subtler heel in their spring/summer collections. Now don’t think by losing height those shoes have become any less attractive. They’re still sexy, but just better wearable. In these shoes you might actually last throughout your night out and you can leave your back-up ballerina’s at home. So shopping for lower heels it is! And while you’re at it: try finding shoes with a pointy toe, cause pointy is the new rounded (again).
It was a definite no-go for several years, but the bare belly is back! Designers have taken last season’s cut-out-trend a little further and have created all kinds of belly-revealing fashion pieces. The bare part varies from upper stomach (Blumarine, Prada, Emilio Pucci, Dolce & Gabbana) to lower belly (Roberto Cavalli, Acne, Gaultier, Missoni), from modest to slightly tacky.
The how-to-wear part is actually quite easy. Mix your cropped top with long pants (Roberto Cavalli), shorts (D&G), pencil skirts (Prada) or maxi skirts (Emilio Pucci); everything is possible.
And though the bare belly isn’t quite the office look, there surely is no harm in showing of your abs at a fancy cocktail party. On the contrary! Finally you can show off that hidden six pack of yours. Or ehh.. at least you have a good reason to start working on that.
If you’re not so sure about this trend yet, just opt for last season’s cut-out trend, which is still very chic as well.
Paisley, animal and floral prints, polka dots, stripes and checks; mixing different prints in one look is one of the biggest trends of this season. We already spotted the multi-print look last season at Dries van Noten and Marni. Yet for spring/summer 2012 many more fashion designers dared to show these clashing prints in their runway looks.
For instance Blugirl, Erdem and Sportmax mixed diverse floral prints in the looks. Loewe, Burberry and Marni opted for prints that were a bit more graphical. Moschino mixed animal with floral, Prada combined polka dots with cars and Dries van Noten showed florals in the mix with some other nature-inspired prints.
It seems with this trend there are no boundaries or rules. Just pick your favorite prints and start mixing. And remember you don’t need all designer prints. Mixing your H&M printed pants with your Zara top can be just as charming, prints charming that is.
Not a very athletic person yourself? No worries! This sporty summer trend can be worn to any occasion, not just the gym. The sport -influences are everywhere; in the materials, the details and certain items.
When it comes to materials we see thick surfer’s fabrics like neoprene popping up, lots of jersey and mesh details (Alexander Wang). Elegant items are given sporty details too, like large pockets (Versus), hoodies (Rag & Bone, Kenzo) and eye-catching zippers (Blumarine). Then there are the classic sports items like the baseball jacket (Victoria Beckham) and cycling shorts making a huge comeback. And let’s not forget the Isabel Marant wedge sneaker hype that has been going on for the last couple of months.
When it comes to color black and white – the usual suspects – are a solid option, perhaps mixed with bright tones and touches of neon. Add your sexiest heels and some sparkling jewelry and you’re ready for a chic night out. There’s always tomorrow for the real working out…
A carousel with 48 horses filled the Louis Vuitton stage on the last day of Paris fashion week. On each horse was a model, including miss Kate Moss, who apparently asked Marc Jacobs if she could be part of the show herself.
All girls were dressed in super sweet pastel colored looks with lace details. They looked girly and ladylike at the same time, combining cute white colors with parts of sheerness.
Skirts were right at knee-length, (crocodile leather) jackets and (fully buttoned) blouses all had 7/8 sleeves. Every lace flower, appliquéd rosette, button and zipper was perfection. Silver colored shoes, tiara’s and lace umbrella’s seemed like the perfect touch to Jacobs’ sun kissed looks.
The rumor on Jacobs leaving Vuitton for was Dior not be discussed and the show didn’t indicate anything in any direction either. So rumors can continue on, it just would be a damn shame if we would have to miss out on these kind of fairytale-like shows.