They might look rather futuristic at first sight, yet structured looks are conquering the catwalks. Sweaters, skirts, jackets; they’re all getting lots of volume. Around the collar, in the shoulders, around the waist and near the hemline. Unfortunately not a very wearable look for everyone, but we spotted countless petite fashion week visitors pulling off this trend. On the streets we mostly spotted those Balenciaga space sweaters. Next year, though, it will be a whole different story. As the new ruffled/structured Balenciaga, the strong shouldered Balmain and the voluminous Burberry collections hit the streets. Those tiny editor/blogger figures will be fully covered by blow up designs, with only two slim legs appearing from underneath it giving away their tiny frames. Streetstyle photogs will have their hands full capturing all structured styles and the front row will be even more packed now that outfits take up so many extra space. Welcome to the future.
That was surely a sexy, sensual man Viktor & Rolf presented this morning in Paris. Their ss2012-collection reminded a bit of Richard Gere in an America Gigolo and John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. Those references were not in the clothes but in the atmosphere and the sultry yet soft attitude that surrounded them.
Viktor & Rolf went explored the vibrant mid -70’s and found inspiration in the liberation and happiness that added a relaxed and fresh attitude to the sartorial and eccentric Monsieur dresser.
“This Spring/Summer 2012 Monsieur reflects a new age mood”, the Dutch designers explained. ” He remains the same creative man – the sexy intellect – whose wardrobe is an authentic mix of formal and informal. Our Monsieur is on a mystical and spiritual journey and is attracted to magical symbols and serene shades. He’s investigating boundaries, but within his own world.”
The carefree effortlessness was reflected in lean silhouettes, playful patterns and unexpected mix of modern materials such as cupro or nylon-twill contrasting fine suede or delicate knits creating a vintage appearance. The colour palette was a playful mélange of shades of ivory, khaki, mustard yellow, and terracotta induced by radiant blue. The Dolphin, one of the classic symbols of the New age wave is a recurring pattern in the collection and applied in various treatments such as suiting interiors in jacquard, as tailored panelling, as prints for shirting, jerseys and sweats.
Going for a chique & sophisticated look? Than this middle parting is your new best friend. It also so happens to be one of the big hair trends for this summer.
Anna Sui, Blumarine, D&G, Stella McCartney, Valentino, Calvin Klein and many others gave their model a perfect middle parting. And while some of the girls wore their hair down, others combined the parting with a bun or ponytail (Blugirl, Costume, Hermes, Leonard).
This trend is great for women of all ages and can be worn tight as well as a little more loose. If you’re afraid the parting will get all messed up during the day, use some wax or hair spray to keep it in place.
Whether you’re a blonde, brown or redhead; this trend looks good with any kind of hair color. Check out our gallery below for some great examples.
Hoodies, zippers, caps, sleeveless tops, short shiny jackets and net fabrics dominated the menswear collections for 2010. That can only mean one thing: sports influences.
There was the basketball look (Kris van Assche), the gymnastic look (Francisco van Benthum, Calvin Klein) and the football look (Bikkembergs). There were sailing types (Burberry), the boxer types (Ann DeMeulemeester), the diving types (Moncler Gamme Blue, Gucci) the golf player and the horse back rider (Frankie Morello).
Especially Gucci had a lot of shiny sports jackets, not referring to a specific sport.
Sportswear and casual wear really seemed to merge with each other on the catwalk. Of course menswear is always a little bit sporty, but this time sports were all over the place. However, whether a tanktop made of a net fabric is very suitable for going to the office remains to be seen.