While our fall color palette is typically comprised of neutral hues, things changed in a big way this season. Alongside classic shades of gray, camel, black, and ivory were electrifying jolts of fuchsia—just in time for Valentine’s Day. At Altuzarra, the seductive color peeked out from beneath a deep olive coat, providing a chic solution to the latest snowstorm. What better way to beat the winter blues than with a mood-elevating pop of pink? Giovanna Battaglia had the same idea when she bypassed oversize parkas and cocoon coats and wrapped herself in a hot pink fur scarf instead. And Thakoon Panichgul deftly showed a head-to-toe fuchsia look in the form of a vibrant floral dress and knit wrap, which will transition nicely into spring. The color’s year-round wearability means you won’t feel so guilty wishing for a few pieces next Valentine’s Day—those heart-shaped candies won’t stand a chance.
We first saw signs up geared-up girls during the Spring ready-to-wear collections, when Alexander McQueen‘s Sarah Burton presented warrior women donning arm-length gilded cuffs. This embrace of aggressive arm accessories re-emerged at the Spring Couture shows, where Chanel and Maison Martin Margiela proposed accouterments that exuded a “don’t mess with me” attitude. Karl’s girls complemented their trainers (and fanny packs) with elbow- (and knee-) pads at Chanel. And Margiela toughened up a pair of striped trousers with beaded temporary-tattoo sleeves. It may be abrasive (and potentially uncomfortable), but we’re welcoming this rebellious Couture trend with open arms.
Maybe designers just have Polar Vortex on the brain, but judging by the couture catwalks, it seems that furs are here to stay even for warm weather. For all intents and purposes, the counterintuitive trend was started (as so many are) by Miuccia Prada when she showed colorful fur coats and stoles on both Miu Miu‘s and Prada‘s Spring ’13 catwalks. The furry fad continued for Spring ’14, when Michael Kors, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, and, once again, Mrs. Prada swathed their models in fuzzy tops, scarves, and jackets.
Fast-forward to Spring ’14 Couture, where Donatella Versace proposed a cotton-candy-hued fur stole, as well as a lush violet coat, on her catwalk. Bouchra Jarrar also jumped on board, presenting models wrapped in haircalf and fur vests. “Oh, anything goes on the couture runways,” they’ll say. But hear this: Scorching furs are becoming prime red-carpet fodder, too. Just ask Liza Minnelli. Despite the fact that it was 84 degrees in L.A. on Saturday, the enduring style icon arrived at the SAG Awards in a snuggly fur-trimmed cape. Anyway, we thought we’d start spreading the news…
Marc Jacobs shook up the Spring ’14 season with his postapocalyptic presentation. His foreboding runway, littered with trash and cigarette butts, was a far cry from the lighthearted pastels and florals we usually associate with the Spring shows. Naturally, models needed some sensible footwear in order to traipse through Jacobs’ tattered wasteland. Thus, the designer paired his Victorian gowns with embellished, slip-on, rubber-soled sneaker-like flats.
A sentiment long embraced by the street-style set, this fusion of sport and high-fashion continues during the couture collections, where both Raf Simons and Karl Lagerfeld have featured sneaks. Yesterday, the former piqued our interest at Dior when he sent out girls-on-the-go in mid-length gowns and trainers. This morning at Chanel, the latter proved he could kick it, too. Each of Lagerfeld’s runway looks—his finale bride included—boasted a hopelessly cool (and appropriately haute) pair of sneakers. Could this be the end of the sky-high pump? Probably not, but considering the runaround that will inevitably accompany the upcoming ready-to-wear shows, we’d definitely walk a mile in these shoes.
Almost anything Jennifer Lawrence does gets picked up by the Internet, GIF-ed, reblogged, tweeted, and shared twice over. When the Golden Globe winner showed up on the red carpet last Sunday in all her photo-bombing glory, her black banded Spring ’14 Dior Haute Couture gown garnered so much attention that it evolved into a meme overnight. Dubbed “Lawrencing” (though we’d easily have called it something like “Simonsing”), the meme saw online viewers take to social media to showcase their DIY belted creations fashioned from bed sheets, duvets, and, in instances where cats and dogs were involved, “Lawrenced” towels.
While we typically see garments cinched to accentuate the curves of a female body, the Fall menswear collections are proof that holding it together is no longer just a womenswear tactic. Unconventionally placed belts first showed up at MAN when up-and-coming designer Craig Green sent out leather harness-like apparatuses over his languid wares. And when Miuccia gave vests a similar bi-banded treatment on her Prada menswear runway, we couldn’t resist turning on to this unexpected trend. Rick Owens, too, sent suspendered, strap-detailed tunics down his Paris catwalk yesterday. Will fashion-forward gents jump on the bandwagon when fall rolls around? We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled.