I was prompted to write a brief Runway Report for my Fashion Business class on one of the designers from a Spring 2013 RTW runway show and wanted to share my thoughts with you all!
Ralph Lauren’s show was presented beautifully. A vibrant color palette filled with stunning patterns showed incredibly well against a creamy white runway. The models entered through a Spanish-influenced archway and passed under wrought iron light fixtures to establish consistency through Lauren’s Latin themed collection. The front row was studded with stars by the likes of Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde and Patrick Demarchelier.
Ralph Lauren offered up a seemingly paradoxical representation of the Latin lands. So much of the world’s focus is often placed on the economic credit standing of a country. Ralph Lauren reminded us that riches can be found in unexpected places.
He infused elements of detailed embroidery, beading, leathers and lace that represent notable and cherished components rooted in traditional Latin garments and costume. Contemporary silhouettes lent themselves well in helping to put a modern spin on such historical references.
The extraordinary tailoring, fit and styling were in line with what Lauren’s line typically represents. He takes a very literal approach when incorporating his inspiration into his collections. This season’s ready to wear collection was no exception to this rule.
Lauren’s vibrant palette, strong silhouettes, and heavier fabrics stood out against some of the more muted tones and whimsical textiles used by designers like Mara Hoffman, Lorry Newhouse, and Rebecca Taylor.
All in all I think Lauren’s 80th showing was a tremendous success. I feel that he stretched his own boundaries and took an avenue that was not necessarily expected of his house.
(Photos boosted from WWD)
As promised, there is a resurgence of the platform wedge and might I say they’re getting better every time! Designers seem to be taking things a step further and breaking out of the traditional platform wedge mold. This season they’ve given greater attention to varying the heel widths, experimenting with daring angles and layering multiple colors and textures to birth some of the mind-blowing creations you will find below.
With that being said…here are a few of this season’s lovely ladies:
I realize that I’m pushing it a little by including this shoe as a wedge, but I just had to sneak it in. What a stunning design!
Not only is this shoe adorable and feminine, it accents the foot’s shape beautifully.
This is such an oddly captivating shoe. Had they left off the foam soles I would adore these shoes!
Whether you pair this style of shoe with a wide-legged trouser or a little floral dress you’ll exude chic and effortless style, perfect for the balmy months.
Tell me what you think! Would you wear these shoes? Which of the designers do you think mastered this style?
Now that we’re nearing the end of the snowy white winter season, many of you are starting to pack away those bulky winter clothes to usher in sundresses, shorts and many of your other spring staples.
Here are some of the style trends you can expect to see when shopping for some new complimentary pieces for your collections:
’70s Style Sophistication
No silly, pack that leisure suit back up. That puppy’s not coming back….ever. However, you will see a revival of high-waisted trousers, billowy blouses, bold prints, vibrant colors and the beloved platform wedge. Mix in some of your boho pieces for a more sophisticated version of the last ’70s revival.
This was one of my favorite eras for fashion. Expect to see comebacks made by full skirts/dresses, belted waists, and square heeled shoes. Should you need any inspiration from this time period, Edie Sedgwick was glamour incarnate. After all, she was Betsy Johnson’s ‘It’ girl.
Biker is this spring’s version of military. We saw some of this start to creep into the fashion world this past winter with the hot riding boots that were such a big hit. Now we’re approaching the biker realm at full throttle (no pun intended). There will be lots of polished leathers, edgy hardware, and motorcycle style pants. Think Olivia Newton John at the END of Grease.