Francine Ballard's Rantings of the Accessory-Obsessed.
The Mulberry girl also came with the ultimate accessory-a poodle wearing a matching, printed collar. So cute!
-JK [images via Style.com]
Erdem was girly-gone-wild for Spring 2013. The striker shades and weird cut-outs attempted to balance out the florals, bright colors, and sheer overlays…though I don’t think it works. Feels a little too busy for me, and the looks don’t gel as a whole. But some great colors, nonetheless, and it certainly isn’t a boring collection!
Mulberry’s creative director, Emma Hill, sent out a flurry of pastel tangerine and mint, head-to-toe prints, and a few leather pieces that were still soft in texture and feminine in style for Spring 2013. The 60’s-inspired collection came with leisure suits, tweed, boxy jackets and, of course, handbags (the brands creme de la creme) in every size, shape, color, and print accented with flower shaped clasps for the ultimate flower power touch.
-JK [images via Style.com]
Little Bow Peep lost her sheep and somehow found her way the the Meadham Kirchoff Spring 2013 runway in London.
The Burberry Spring 2013 show was quite a success when it came to the colorful pieces. Inspired by a corset found in the Burberry archives, Christopher Bailey’s silhouettes were mostly nipped at the waist giving his dip-dyed trenches and metallic separates a lady-like edge. Although, I could have done without of the capelets and the white/nude sections of the show, I thought Bailey turned out a fresh show full of bold, jewel tones and even a jealousy inducing finale of metallic colored trenches-I want one now!
A metallic trench finale at the Burberry Spring 2013 fashion show in London.
-JK [image via Burberry]
Very glamorous hair at the Issa fashion show in London.
-JK [image via Style.com]
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi was a show full of floaty transparencies and patterns printed on layers of chiffon. This Spring 2013 collection was a bit of a departure in its use of floaty shapes and softer silhouettes. Sure there were some slit-up-to-there pencil skirts and a few structured leather jackets, but most of the clothes were quite soft.
What saved the collection from becoming too sweet were the colors (mostly black and white with a few strategic uses of color in piecing and pattern), and the prints (snakeskin on chiffon and a sort of organic mosaic. The dresses that played with illusion and peek-a-boo piecing were some of my favorites. -RS (Images via Style.com)
Preen Spring 2013.
[More] florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.
And not to pick on Preen, but it was just so easy… -RS (Images via Style.com)
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)