Spring 2013 Runway Trend: Checks

Posted 9 February 2013 at 10:00 PM | Comments (0)

There are two patterns that inevitably make me think of royal jesters: checks, and vertical stripes. Both were huge hits on Spring 2013 runways.

I’ll get to vertical stripes another time. Meanwhile, “check” out the varying checkerboard scales from Balmain, Alexandre Herchcovitch, House of Holland, and Acne Studios:

Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Trend: Checkerboard Pattern

And then… there was Louis Vuitton. There was only one message—checks—and it was wildly satisfying. Here are some of my favorites from the hip-to-be-square collection:

Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Trend: Louis Vuitton Check Pattern

I can’t mention the Louis Vuitton show without mentioning the eye-popping escalator finale:

Spring 2013 Runway Show: Louis Vuitton Escalator Finale

And their equally bold spring ad campaign:

Spring 2013 Ad Campaign: Louis Vuitton Checkerboard

If I were to choose one wild spring trend that I’d like to pull off this year, this would be it. Anyone else crazy enough to join me?

Floral Pumps

Posted 3 February 2013 at 10:10 PM | Comments (0)

These babies make me want to wear shoulder pads.

And yet, even though they remind me so explicitly of the ‘80s, this is a trend that can be easily adapted to a modern wardrobe. Think pencil skirts, shifts, and Mad Men dresses.

Spring 2013 Fashion Trend: Floral Pumps

The Tabitha Simmons pair is my favorite. With its metallic-capped toe and pastel hues, they are the most edgy and up-to-date of the bunch. Plus, they would look so good next to bare summer legs!

Net-a-Porter’s Pretty Pantsuits

Posted 25 January 2013 at 5:36 PM | Comments (0)

I am in love with this fashion shoot from Net-a-Porter’s 23 January 2013 issue.

Pantsuits can seem stuffy or conservative at times. The lesson to take away from this shoot is that, if the hair and shoes are kept architectural, pantsuits can be fiercely cool.

Net-A-Porter 23 January 2013 Tailor Made: Just Cavalli Floral Pantsuit

Net-A-Porter 23 January 2013 Tailor Made: Alexander McQueen Tomboy Tux

Net-A-Porter 23 January 2013 Tailor Made: 3.1 Phillip Lim Soft Stripe Pantsuit

Net-A-Porter 23 January 2013 Tailor Made: Calvin Klein Collection Blue Suit

Net-A-Porter 23 January 2013 Tailor Made: The Row Purple Tunic Suit

Fall 2012 Runway Trend: Orange and Black

Posted 24 November 2012 at 3:38 PM | Comments (0)

Surely I’m not the only one who steers clear of this color combination at the risk of looking a little Halloweenie. Yet maybe there is a cool way to pull off orange and black, as demonstrated by these eight designers on fall 2012 runways.

BCBG Max Azria, Carolina Herrera, Akris, and Rodarte:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Orange and Black (Dressy)

A Détacher, Tracy Reese, Rachel Comey, and Proenza Schouler:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Orange and Black (Casual)

Perhaps the trick to pulling it off is to to keep it polished and expensive-looking. That basically means: good fit, good fabric, and good taste. A cheap pair of polyester pants and a pilly sweater will look exactly like Halloween.

Style your outfit to look intentional, not thrown together, and then finish it off with white, nude, or metallic accessories to pull eyes away from the block of orange and black.

Fall 2012 Runway Trend: DIY Belted Coats

Posted 23 November 2012 at 10:50 PM | Comments (2)

I used to dread putting on my puffer coat during Chicago winters. It kept me warm, but I always felt enormous… and dowdy.

If only I had thought to cinch my coat with a stretchy waist belt! It doesn’t even have to match your coat exactly—part of the charm in this trend is in its DIY-look. As long as it gives you an hourglass shape, you can put on any damn belt you want.

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: DIY Belted Coats

Belted coats from Albino, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Acne, and Burberry Prorsum.

Fall 2012 Runway Trend: Contrast Sleeves

Posted 15 October 2012 at 8:45 PM | Comments (3)

This is the trend you’re probably seeing everywhere without even realizing it! And if you ask me, attracting attention to the arms is pretty sexy—possibly even sexier than revealing skin.

The best part about this trend is that it’s so versatile. This season’s sleeves come in contrasting colors, fabrics, or embellishments, and on just about anything, from coats to sweaters to dresses.

Like on these practical coats from Band of Outsiders, Stella McCartney, BCBG Max Azria, and Belstaff:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Coats with Contrast Sleeves

And on these stylish jackets from Behnaz Sarafpour, Barbara Bui, Opening Ceremony, and Billy Reid:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Jackets with Contrast Sleeves

On casual tops from 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, A.L.C., and Rachel Roy:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Casual Tops with Contrast Sleeves

And on dressy tops from Badgley Mischka, Nanette Lepore, Kenzo, and Markus Lupfer:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Dressy Tops with Contrast Sleeves

Contrast sleeves give these dresses a super cool vibe, from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Bill Blass, Victoria Beckham, and Martin Grant:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Dresses with Contrast Sleeves

And even these fancy dresses have contrasting sheer sleeves, from Prabal Gurung, Alberta Ferretti, Vera Wang, and BCBG Max Azria:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Dresses with Sheer Sleeves

Wouldn’t it be nice if the olive green Victoria Beckham dress would magically appear in my closet right now?

There are so many more fall trends I want to cover, but I’ve been preoccupied with other things lately. Do I even have any readers left? If yes, I love you, and thank you. I’ll try to be back very soon.

Fall 2012 Runway Trend: Side Panels

Posted 22 September 2012 at 5:20 PM | Comments (2)

I’m calling them side panels for lack of a better term. And this trend, my friends, is huge. So if you think of a better term, tell me.

So! Side panels were all over fall runways.

Side panels appeared along sleeves at Bill Blass, Missoni, A.L.C., and BCBG Max Azria:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Side Panel Stripe on Sleeves

Down the length of pants at Celine, A.L.C., 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Christopher Kane:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Tuxedo Pants or Side Panel Trousers

And cutting into sides of dresses at Bottega Veneta, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag & Bone, and Victoria Beckham:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Slimming Side Panel Dresses

I don’t know if I should rock the side panel sleeves because of my broad shoulders, but the dresses are supremely doable, since they—as I’m sure you’ve already noticed on many celebrities—are very slimming. And the tuxedo pants remind me of high school, so I want to wear them solely for that reason.

So who’s already wearing this trend, and who’s planning to shop for it?

Chunky-Mid-Heeled Ankle Boots

Posted 5 September 2012 at 10:37 PM | Comments (2)

Yesterday I mentioned wanting a pair of mid-heeled ankle boots. Lucky magazine described this fall trend best: “Polished, but not so polished you can’t rock them at a music festival.”

True dat.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend: Chunky-Mid-Heeled Ankle Boots

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend: Window-Check

Posted 11 August 2012 at 3:17 PM | Comments (0)

Tartans and plaids always reappear in the fall. I’m a huge fan, but it’s predictable nonetheless.

So I was very excited to see that a handful of designers embraced window-check this season. It’s a fresher print (and a throwback to the early ‘90s), so it looks way cooler.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend: Window-Checks, Squares, Plaids

Fall 2012 Runway Trend: Red Tights

Posted 6 August 2012 at 10:37 PM | Comments (2)

People like to complain about how runway trends can be so impractical, but they’ve actually become more practical in recent years. Perhaps the economy has forced designers to dress their models in clothes we can actually wear in fall and winter—big parkas, chunky sweaters, and warm boots, for example—except these very practical items have been given exceedingly stylish makeovers.

Like tights. This season, they showed up all over runways in bold reds. Practical, yes; and yet, they make a strong statement.

Check out the hot red tights at Norma Kamali, Issa, Cacharel, and John Galliano:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Red Colored Tights

And darker red tights at Charlotte Ronson, A.P.C., Gary Graham, and Vivienne Westwood Red Label:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Dark Red/Burgundy/Oxblood Tights

How should you wear red tights?

Refer to the runways for the most current way to wear this look. In every image above, red tights are worn with skirts and dresses above the knee; everything else in the outfit is kept neutral or in matching red; and don’t cover up your legs with a tall boot (in fact, it seems a matching red heel is supremely appropriate).

Red was a designer favorite this season, so watch out, because it’ll continue to show up all over my blog, too. As they say: go red or go home! (Wait, is that what they say? People say all sorts of things. I can’t keep track.)