Paris Fashion Week has been my favorite and most inspiring week for Spring 2013 shows. Here is a brief recap of the shows so far…
Balmain stuck to very strong shoulders, sometimes looking a little too 1980’s for my liking, but as always an edgy collection with amazing detailing.
Balenciaga is always a favorite of mine, and the mostly neutral color palette made me love it even more. With tons of textures, black and white looked anything but boring. I love the new high-low, long in the front and short in the back.
Carven kept things very tailored and feminine for Spring 2013. I especially love the cutouts seen throughout the collection
We didn’t see a lot of neon on the runways for Spring 2013, but the way Raf Simons used neon in this first dress for Christian Dior is amazing! I also loved the iridescent skirts, I think iridescent is taking over neon for Spring!
Damir Doma played with proportion, pairing boxy shirts with boxy skirt and it all seemed to work.
Felip Oliviera Baptista Spring 2013 collection was full of structured and asymmetrical silhouettes, all things I love! Also, the navy and black combination is a favorite of mine for every season.
Anthony Vaccarello kept things sexy as usual. I loved the skirts that wrapped around the hips, and the tied dresses that look like they might just fall off with one pull of the string. His Spring 2013 collection was sporty and sexy, making it a success.
Ricardo Tisci always brings on the dark drama for Givenchy collections, and Spring 2013 was no exception. Although the necklines don’t differ too much away from a mock turtleneck, it worked. The voluminous bodies, the skirt pants, and the flawless tailoring made me fall in love with this collection.
The A.F. Vandevorst Spring 2013 collection was mostly neutral and consisted of pieces that are virtually seasonless. That is the way I like to shop!
The Lanvin collection was sophisticated, with a touch of whimsy, just like Alber Elbaz himself. It was so hard to choose my favorites of this collection because each look was spectacular!
Vivienne Westwood’s Spring 2013 was theatrical as always, with beautifully draped pieces and strong looks for any woman to wear. My favorite was the heart faces on the models.
The Loewe collection hit a lot of the Spring 2013 trends: suede, utility vests, perforated leather and layers of shear. A versatile collection to wear from day to night, and everything in between.
The shapes of Maison Martin Margiela always inspire me, they are simple, intriguing and make you look twice. The Spring 2013 was these things and more. The boxy silhouettes of Spring were done perfectly in this collection.
I loved the lightness of Sonia Rykiel’s Spring 2013 collection. The icy colors looked like true Spring and I loved the oversized silhouettes.
Mugler had an amazing collection, I especially loved the styling with layers of leather on top of each other, sheer over opaque and my favorite look is this little green palm print number. Oh so fresh!
Ann Demeulemeester played on opposites for Spring 2013, edgy but light and I think she nailed it. Skirts were short for the most part and sleeves were cape like, metallics were used throughout for a pop of shine, one of my favorite Ann Demeulemeester collections to date.
Roland Moiret used a lot of asymmetry and folding instead of draping creating harder angles for his Spring 2013 collection. I especially loved the variety of necklines he introduced in his 1980’s inspired collection.
Saint Laurent is just that, a Saint! Hedi Slimane took inspiration from the YSL archive for his premier collection for the house. Normally I get tired of bows and hats quite easily, but for some reason I couldn’t get enough this time around. The slim pants looked perfect with the billowy tops and cropped jackets. A collection to remember for sure.
Stella McCartney’s shows never fail to make me say “I want one of those, two of those, this in both colors…” Her Spring 2013 collection had a bit of a sporty vibe, some great drop waisted silhouettes, and harder utilitarian pieces to make for a great Spring wardrobe!
Vanessa Bruno set the tone for a Spring vacation with chunky knits and flowing dresses. I especially loved the blush, blue and ivory color palette!
Veronique Leroy’s use of mesh, was my favorite element of her show, not to mention the rounded sleeves and strong shoulders.
Vionnet has yet another new designer this year. I wasn’t blown away by the collection but did enjoy these timeless looks…
Yohji Yamamoto’s Spring 2013 collection stuck to drab colors, asymmetrical layering and utilitarian dressing, hitting a lot of the Spring 2013 trends and his own signature styling.