46 posts tagged "Spring 2013"
“I don’t like just putting one thing out there. It always has to be a little world,” Olympia Le-Tan tells Style.com. For Spring 2013 (her second RTW presentation after the handbag designer expanded her offerings last season), she created a world around a record cover clutch: “Black music, jazz, blues, soul, the wall of sound, sixties girl bands—I suppose it originated from my love for that type of music,” she explains of the inspiration behind the collection she unveiled in Paris earlier this month at the Théâtre de la Madeleine. She brought that world to life with her quirky but sexy clothes and an all-out show, featuring a performance by Ronnie Spector singing “Be My Baby.” It’s a rare runway show that puts a smile on editors’ faces, but Le-Tan and her cast of dancers did just that. “I just want to make nice clothes that are fun but also flattering and wearable, and I want to enjoy myself while making them and finding original ways to present them. I just love it when people leave my shows smiling; it makes me happy.” Here, watch the whole thing exclusively on Style.com. We can almost guarantee it will make your Monday brighter.
The temperatures are quickly dropping and the sunny days appear to be numbered in New York, but yesterday, designer Trina Turk warmed things right up with her Southern California beach and tennis club-inspired presentation at Milk Studios. Turk knows her customer well and offered new iterations of her signature bold prints (even bringing some of the prints from her menswear into the womenswear collection) and preppy, classic ponte dresses, all of which look ready for an afternoon at the tennis club or a day at Newport Beach. “There are things you could wear to work, too,” added her husband, Jonathan Skow, who helms Mr. Turk. “As much as everyone wishes they could be at a tennis club all day, most of us do have to go to work. With these clothes, you could go to work but you feel like you could be at the tennis club.” We can imagine numbers like the blue and white graphic-print shirtdress or the ladybug-print black and white pants would move pretty seamlessly from a summer Friday at the office to courtside cocktails in the Hamptons. On the more simple end, there was a clean, black and white color-block zip jacket that was one of the collection’s standouts (pictured). Turk, however, offered plenty of her beach-ready staples, too, from sporty silk shorts to a retro-print rash guard (a Turk first) that had this editor wishing it were already spring.
Infinity refers to something without any limit. It’s an idea jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez started toying with last season with her Metalphysics collection, where she explored her obsession with mirrors, and she’s delved into it a bit deeper for Spring. “For this collection, I wanted to play with optical illusions and create a sharper feeling of surrealism, with pearls and rubies that seem to float within the transparency of the resin and reflect themselves in the metallic surfaces,” she tells Style.com of her collection. “It was taking the idea of mirrors to the next level, creating reflections that give the impression of infinity.”
She achieves that with highly polished metals inset with pearls and precious stones. And for the first time ever, she’s worked rubber into her bracelets, necklaces, and chokers. “I wanted to play with colors, which has been one of the codes throughout all of my collections, but in a different and more minimal way,” she says. “I wanted to elevate an everyday material like rubber into a luxury item, and paired it with drops of colored enamel and stones set in colored silicone to create an unexpected mix of materials.” Those single-earring statement pieces that have come to be a Delettrez signature are also getting a new level of sophistication—she’s switched out the bee and lip embellishments for precious stones, including diamonds. “I wanted to add a classical touch to it, like the diamond spheres, to juxtapose that classic look with the very unconventional mechanism of the piece,” she explains. Here, a look at some of her newest wares for Spring.
Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff are two designers who know how to deliver a real show on the runway. This season, the Meadham Kirchhoff recipe for success included parlor scene vignettes (custom-made by the team at de Gournay), cupcakes, lavish bouquets of flowers, and clothes injected with a dash of nostalgia and glamour. Here, Style.com shares an exclusive video from the show. “There is something so exclusive and privileged about catwalk shows, and we try to make them an intimate experience for the audience,” the design duo tells Style.com. “The film should be a reflection of that moment.” Watch that moment come to life in the video above.
Raf Simons’ debut ready-to-wear collection for Dior was, without a doubt, a triumph. Here, relive last month’s landmark runway show in Paris with this exclusive behind-the-scenes video. Watch the film above.