Francine Ballard's Rantings of the Accessory-Obsessed.
Holly Fulton Spring 2013.
I love love love this jacket because it reminds me of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s rose pattern. Lose the hat though. -RS (Image via Vogue.com)
Fashion week has flown across the pond to London, where designer Holly Fulton was one of the first to show her Spring 2013 collection.
Recently back from a trip to Socal, it was evident Fulton had a beachy feeling that she melded with bushels of English roses. There was also a distinct Art Deco via Miami element that adorned the girlish looks, but when done in super simple silhouettes (t-shirt dresses, swimwear) and paired with stripes, was quite successful.
Here’s the thing, most of this collection was not particularly my taste per se. There was a lot of pink and baby blue and soft yellow with roses upon roses piled on top every which way. It gave me a bit of a toothache in fact. However, that doesn’t mean it was bad; on the contrary, for this sort of thing I thought she did an outstanding job and showed a very well balanced, nicely merchandised collection. I’d have tweaked the styling slightly (some of those hats were just plain frumpy) but overall it was a rather good show. -RS (Images via Vogue.com)
Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig designed a collection heavy on Indian influence and light on creativity for Marchesa Spring 2013. The colors were dark- deep reds, dark peacock blues, lots of gold- and there was draping and more draping and sari-inflected wrapping alternated with midriff tops that would make excellent Bollywood costumes. -RS (Images via Vogue.com)
Taylor Tomasi-Hill, NYFW street stylin’ all day. -RS (Image via Vogue.com)
The second half of the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 show was devoted to party dresses, long and (very) short. The pale pink tea-length dress with black embroidery is the kind of classic ODLR that SJP will wear with a bright shoe, while the hot pink feathered mini dress immediately calls to mind Anna dello Russo.
In between were beautiful gowns in soft and bright colors mostly with full skirts and plenty of fancy. An exception which stood out (and not in a good way) was the simple black sheath with gold belt that seemed to have wandered in from a Donna Karan show by accident. All in all, this collection was vibrant and fun and beyond the sort of trends to which other designers frequently bow. -RS (Images via Vogue.com)
Oscar de la Renta opened his Spring 2013 show with a selection of ladylike dresses and separates in a bouquet of luxurious fabrications. There were embellished prints, laces, and lots of gorgeous handwork.
Then came a suite of prim calf-length dresses in marigold yellow, turquoise and seafoam, many with coordinating jackets. While some looks were certainly geared towards the women who have been clients for decades (the ivory passementerie set in suit par example), they were shown alongside fresh takes on the brand’s standby’s that will appeal to the daughters and granddaughters as well. -RS (Images via Vogue.com)
The jewels at Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013. -RS (via vogue.com)
All hot pink + turq at Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013. -RS (via vogue.com)
For Spring 2013, Phillip Lim showed an outstanding collection filled with references to grunge and early 90’s styling- but in a good way!
Trousers sat low on the hip with long sleeved shirts tied atop them (like I did in middle school), there were exposed midriffs, and there was plaid. But not just any plaid; Lim took the ubiquitous Nirvana/Pearl Jam-era plaid flannel button-down and instead turned it into shift dresses and tops in silk with beaded embellishment to create the pattern. There was also a gorgeous botanical-esque floral print that popped up all over and will surely be hugely popular.
While colors stayed in the neutral ranges for most of the looks (apart from the bright multi of the floral), there were some significant moments such as the hot pink moto jacket and overalls- the former more successful than the latter. -RS (Images via Vogue.com)
Inspiration to Runway: Lela Rose Spring 2013.
-JK [images via WWD and Style.com]
Rag & Bone Spring 2013 finale.
-JK [image via IBTimes]
The livestream of Michael Kors’ Spring/Summer 2013 Collection.
This video requires iframes, please upgrade your browser