Friday 22 March 2013

Planet Fashion Part 2

So Planet Fashion has gone a bit quieter now that London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks are all over but I wanted to round up my impressions post hoc, so here goes.

London first - a bit subversive, a bit rough around the edges, LFW still feels like Paris and Milan's younger, naughtier sister and it's all the better for that. We Brits embrace the non-conformist, eccentricity is our middle name, and this year, like any other didn't disappoint.

Cara Delevingne for Sister by Sibling. Photo: Vladimir Potop

Isn't this look just brilliantly bonkers? (I think it's the tam o'shanter that tips it over the edge).  Only the beautiful Cara Delevingne, the 'it' model du jour, could carry it off - just. I so could NOT.

Colour was one of the big trends at LFW. The genius Peter Pilotto showed El Greco inspired jackets, skirts and coats in vibrant reds and yellows - Summer sunshine in an outfit - olé!

Photos: Vladimir Potop

Paul Smith showcased his usual mix of gentlemanly tailoring with a pop of the unexpected - that oh so British twist we all love, and even if it wasn't groundbreaking, it was still all pretty desirable.

Photos: Vladimir Potop

On the paler end of the spectrum, Simone Rocha took inspiration from her two grannies and presented a Pepto-Bismol pink collection that looked very fresh - we will all be wanting to wear muted, dusky pink in 2013 - trust me!

Photo: Vladimir Potop

Photo: Vladimir Potop

And as the high street labels make their presence felt on the catwalk, Whistles didn't disappoint with a slick collection of camouflage inspired pieces, sleek leather skirts and luxe sweaters. Jane Shepherdson we love you.

Photo: Vladimir Potop

Photo: Vladimir Potop

Across the Channel, the City of Light gave us the perennially chic Parisienne the designers hope we all aspire to be.  Phoebe Philo for Céline, Raf Simons for Dior and Chritophe Lemaire for Hermès all showcased effortlessly chic clothes for A/W 2013. Some considered it all a bit serious and sombre - a backlash perhaps against the "Peacocks" as IHT fashion editor Suzy Menkes termed the streetstyle fashionistas who are seen outside the shows in ever more outlandish outfits, desperate to have their photograph taken, but there's no doubting it looks like it's going to be a very classy season indeed.

Celine A/W 2013 Photo: Vladimir Potop

Dior A/W 2013/Photo: Vladimir Potop

Hermes/Photo: Vladimir Potop

In Milan, Marni, Mrs. P and the wondrous Thomas Maier at Bottega Veneta all proved that Italian fashion know-how can produce stunningly beautiful clothes with that Italian sense of laissez-faire that they are so good at.

Marni A/W 2013/Photo: Vladimir Potop

Prada A/W 2013/Photo: Vladimir Potop

Bottega Veneta A/W 2013/Photo: Vladimir Potop

A dress, trouser suit, masculine coat, luxe knitwear, leather, draped wool, pinks, both dramatic and muted tones - these are all things to look out for later in the year but let's not wish the days away too fast, we haven't packed away this year's thermals quite yet, and we're desperate for warmer weather... Top trends for Spring/Summer 2013 coming very soon!


StealthCrystal said...

We need a post on shoulder pads, please

Juliette Chisholm said...

Aah, the shoulder pad - a sure fire way to mystify the men and are they too 1980's to revisit? More to come...