Francine Ballard's Rantings of the Accessory-Obsessed.
Raf Simons showed his first pret-a-porter collection for Dior for Spring 2013 this past week in Paris. It was super highly anticipated and while it did gain wonderful reviews, and there are many, many looks and ideas here that I love… for me it was not as intuitively excellent as what he showed for couture last June.
Simons opened the show with looks in black, jackets with full peplums that swayed gently over skinny trousers, and variations in dresses that were essentially modified double breasted jackets. The silhouettes were a nod to some of Dior’s original shapes and did well revisited here. The show moved into some lovely dresses in embellished fabrics that photographs will not do justice.
Some of the black dresses in the second half of the show were my favorites- the best version of that hi-low hem I’ve seen appeared towards the end, as well as some ankle length tulle overlays on beaded sheaths that were ladylike but very fresh. The looks Simons showed with mini dresses or asymmetrical draped tops over black shorts were some of my favorite.
My one real issue with the collection was color. There were color combinations in certain looks that just blatantly did not work and the palette of the show overall was not focused enough. Fortunately, the shoes (the black pointy heels go on my wishlist asap) were awesome enough to balance everything out. -RS (Images via Vogue.com)
…because we haven’t checked in on le streetstyle for a while. Here are some shots by Phil Oh for Vogue.com. -RS
Nina Ricci has gone through a bit of an evolution the last few seasons, and Spring 2013 was a bold statement about the brand’s direction. Peter Copping, the creative director, has been known to favor soft colors and gauzy fabrics worked with subtle details. And he did retain much of that with this collection, but it was injected with a dark sexiness that revived some of the limp colors shown lately. Nina Ricci got kinky!
The suite of black trousers, dresses and extremely skinny pencils skirts that opened the show were adorned with zippers (some functional, some pure embellishment) and layered with strappy bondage accessories. There were tons of plays with transparencies, gorgeous blush and acqua chiffon dresses skimming over the body and revealing some very sexy lingerie underneath. And let’s not forget the sexy librarian looks (sweet buttoned up cardigans paired with seductive skirts and styled with french twists and eye-glasses).
While the fantasy/fetish/bondage tropes referenced are far from risque at this point, in Copping’s vision they still worked. You felt the energy of this woman, of this story unfolding as the show moved along into evening-wear that seemed to literally break free from the ties that bound (skirts and pants so tight one imagines a fetish with cutting off circulation perhaps?) earlier in the show, and culminated in looks with shimmying fringe and cloudy layers of billowing chiffon. -RS (Images via Vogue.com)
Sexy accessories at Nina Ricci Spring 2013.
Sure, they’re a little dark for Spring but at least they’re a refreshing break from all the florals! -RS (Images via Vogue.com)
Carven had some weird cut-outs going on in Paris today. Personally, I wouldn’t be that into wearing a dress that had holes right above my chest, but to each her own. The coats had beautiful lines, but again, I have to question their practicality: why would you want cut-outs in your winter coat? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? I mean, even beyond the usual leaps of fashion? At least the prints were pretty…
What would you wear with this beautiful YSL Leather Muse bag we just got in? Here’s an idea…
A.L.C. knocked it out of the park with this look. I’d wear it straight off the runway.
Totally obsessed with this look from Cedric Charlier’s Spring 2013 show. The asymmetrical collar, the brilliant white, and the metallic shine of the zippers come together to form the perfect modern coat. I would wear this in a heartbeat, wouldn’t you?
So remember that contest we had where you sent in a picture of you with your bag for a chance to win $100 towards www.designersocial.com and a post on our blog? Well, ladies and gentlemen, we’re so thrilled to announce that Krystal Bennett, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is the lucky winner! She posted this awesome photo of herself with a to-die-for blue clutch, and we just love it. She also has an awesome design blog called A Pinch Of Lovely that you should all definitely check out. Congrats, Krystal!
Backstage at Marni, Spring 2013.
Allllll the graphic prints. -RS (Image via Vogue.com)
One of the stand-out collections of Milan, not to mention the entire Spring 2013 season, is Bottega Veneta. Tomas Maier nails it every time, and my respect, admiration and appreciation of his work grows with every collection. While the rest of the Italians were stuck somewhere in the late 1960’s, the Bottega Veneta offering was distinct and above the trend.
We’ve seen a lot of below-the-knee skirts this season- everyone from Proenza to Narciso to Burberry jumped on the bandwagon. But Maier did them best here. The silhouettes were perfect: balanced, flattering, fresh. As usual the level of craft surpassed most ready-to-wear, the fabric choices were sophisticated and visionary and the color palette superb. The clothes he showed were strong, yet feminine which is basically exactly where and what I want to be all the time. A++ for a brilliant Spring show. -RS (Images via Vogue.com)
So many child hood memories rolled up into one little clutch. I suppose this Judith Leiber carousel clutch is a bit more realistic than putting an actual carousel in your backyard.