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Paris Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear Runway Report

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 RTW

Felipe Oliveira Baptista

Designers ushered in their love of contrast for the Spring 2013 Paris Ready-to-Wear collections.  Subtle tints were pitted against electric hues in a number of different runway shows to create lively color trends.  Louis Vuitton’s canary yellow contrasted subdued tans and slate grays.  Felipe Oliveira Baptisa sent out muted blues alongside blazing corals and military greens.  Stark blacks and crisp whites also dominated this season’s runway color story.

Guy Laroche

Stella McCartney

Conservative silhouettes were apparent in the boxy crewnecks of Guy Laroche, geometric layering of Stella McCartney and modest hem lengths of many others.  Not to fret though.  For those with an appetite for a dash of sex appeal in their fashion, sheer breezy fabrics were abundant and were often complemented by geometric cutouts in detailing.

L’Wren Scott

Julien David

Geometry was a big hit in patterning.  Not to worry though, our brilliant designers took care of the mind melting mathematics for us.  Easy plaids, checks, and stripes were prominent in this spring runway show.  Geometric prints in general were a big hit and added a retro-chic element to collections like Louis Vuitton, L’ Wren Scott and Julien David.

It’s really difficult for me to say anything bad about runway collections, as I adore new ideas and understanding the inspiration derivatives of other designers.  This runway was spectacular and really appealed to me because of all of the fantastic color presence.


Can men tuck their pants into their boots?

My husband and I found ourselves at a crossroads of opinions this weekend on a men’s fashion point.

We were browsing Hermes and happened across a fantastic pair of men’s boots for winter.  My husband tried them on and loved them.  He stood up, pulled his pant legs over each boot and found himself intensely disappointed by how concealed all of the detailing became.  You could no longer see the beautiful zipper and craftsmanship.

I told him that he should tuck the pant legs in.  The question at hand: Is it acceptable for men to tuck their pant legs into their boots?

I poked around to see what the general consensus is on this subject and found this quote from Madeline Weeks, fashion director for GQ Magazine.  “It’s definitely a good look, but the proportion of the boot and the pants has to be right. You don’t want to the boots to be too short or too tall — say, four to six inches above the ankle, or up to eight if you’re really going to go there.”

I also found a couple of shots that I think are amazing of men rocking this daredevil look.

Chanel Fall 2009

Chanel is reliably one of the most timelessly stylish houses to ever grace the runway.  The Russian-inspired coat is a phenomenal pairing with this look, but a peacoat would be a great alternative as well.  The point I am trying to make though is that the pants are tucked into the boot and he still looks masculine and stylish.  It is a very European look and I adore it.


Now, this one is a little bit more of a fashion risk, but I also love this look (minus the chain wallet, please).

I agree with Madeline in that the acceptability of these looks is heavily dependent upon the cut of the pant and the height of the boot.  Those two details being properly addressed though, I think it is absolutely acceptable for men to tuck their pant legs in and show off some awesome leather!

Milan Spring 2013 RTW Fashion Week Runway Report

The Spring 2013 Milan Runway show addressed the full spectrum of fashion potential.

Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, and Marni.

Copious displays of leather for spring in bold hues and textures were shown by Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Trussardi and a number of others.  While leather for spring may leave some spectators donning perplexed looks, I found it to be a not-so-subtle tribute to the region’s most acclaimed material.  Forest green, lavender and British tan brought lightness to a heavy material, making them indisputably appropriate for a season of fresh new beginnings.

Jil Sander

Androgenous silhouettes have been resurrected by the likes of Armani, Jil Sander and Agnona.  Blazers are back and they brought with them the tailored short and trouser.  Glittering finishes add a whisper of femininity to these otherwise masculine and power-packed pieces.  Not designed for the meek, these looks convey an air of prestige and elegance that could make even some of the most powerful men in the world shake in their boots.

Emilio Pucci

Bottega Veneta

On the softer side of things we have sheer separates layered over diaphanous pants and high-waisted bloomers.  Emilio Pucci, Bottega Venetta, and Versace showed some of my favorite skin-baring collections.  These ethereal looks created dramatic curves and shapes on the runway.  Strong colors and bold detailing allowed these whimsical silhouettes to maintain the feminine strength that was so prevalent on the runway this season.


Last, but certainly not least, 60’s mod made a retro replay in bright patterns, blocky cuts and mini lengths.  Moshino, Prada and Fay led the charge on this vintage-inspired front.  You can expect to see a lot of platforms this season as well.  Personally, I am happy to welcome back these style heavy weights with open arms.  This era of fashion is one of the most iconic in my humble opinion.

This scorching hot showing is something to look forward to through the cold and dreary winter.  I thoroughly enjoyed this season’s Milan Fashion Week.

(Photos hijacked from WWD)

Adventures in Fashion

After an extended hiatus to foster clarity, I am happy to report that I have returned with a laser focus on my passion…fashion.

September 6th, 2012 marks a decisive pivot on my path in life.  This date represents the beginning of my first semester at Academy of Art University as a Fashion Design major.  This school offers a truly revolutionary and rare experience as a fashion design student.

With a travel-packed work schedule the prospect of studying Fashion Design was looking pretty bleak.  Parsons, FIT, Pratt…and pretty much every other school that offers a degree in fashion requires that you be physically present to attend classes.  AAU offers nearly every one of their degrees both at their school in San Francisco and 100% online.

Not only does AAU facilitate e-learning in a ground-breaking manner, they have employed true industry leaders to head their faculty.  I am so intensely grateful and excited to have found this school.

In addition to seeking an education in fashion design I have been participating in fashion-related competitions in an effort to become further involved in the industry.

On Fashion’s Night out I was chosen as the top regional stylist in the mid-west and am now going on to compete nationally for a chance to go to NY’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!

Project Style Winning Outfit

Something that I’ve learned over the last few months is that the best thing that can be done when you have a dream is get involved.  No project is too big or too small, all of them have something to teach.

I’m excited to embark on this journey and will continue to share what I learn!

Style revivals.

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.

’60s Genteel

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 Chic

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.

Color Me Curious.

For those of you who missed the memo, the Spring 2011 color forecast has been announced by Pantone!  Now if you’re unfamiliar with what this company does, it’s high time that someone brought you up to speed.

Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color.  They are the creators of an innovative system that is used to identify, match and communicate color so that accurate matches can be achieved across the various design industries.  To boil it down, they have set the standard for color naming and identification.

Moving on to the fun stuff, what’s hot!  Drum roll…..

The top 10 colors chosen for women’s spring fashion.
Spring 2011 Women's Colors

The top 10 colors chosen for men’s spring fashion.
Spring 2011 Men's Colors

These palettes are a great guide to use when you’ve finished your spring cleaning and find yourself looking to replace a few of your outdated pieces with something fun for your new warm weather wardrobe.

If you’re a designer, Pantone has a fantastic tool to help you capture your inspirations.  Should you happen to be one of the millions of iPhone users, Pantone has created an application which allows you to take a picture of the beautiful element that caught your eye, then their technology extracts the color you choose from the photo and finds the closest match to a Pantone standard color as possible.  You can take the color name to the fabric manufacturer of your choice a have it produced into whatever your wildest dreams can create!  Download the application to get started!

Pantone’s vivid color palettes have been combined with some bold patterns by the top designers this season.  Fashion moguls have also been mixing boldly patterned pieces with one another to create a flirty, exciting combo that is sure to draw attention your way!  Take the lead from designers like Gregory Parkinson, Diane von Furstenberg and L.A.M.B to make sure you pair your patterns in a chic way.

Whether you’re a trend-setting design icon or an avid fashionista, Pantone is a fantastic tool to guide you through the beautiful spectrum of color options out on the market.