Friday, 8 March 2013

A/W'13 Fashion Month.

Fashion week is evidently the best week of the year that comes around twice a year, but much to my dismay, this season's collections for the coming winter weren't as riveting or exciting as I was hoping. It seems as though everything has already been done, and so designers were revisiting past archived collections to get inspiration. This of course, isn't a bad thing, but the minimalist theme that was seen throughout was in most cases, quite boring.

Despite my less than enthusiastic attitude to the fashion month as a whole, this isn't to say that there weren't the fair few shows that I absolutely fell in love with. We saw a considerably less amount of peplum, which hopefully means we won't be seeing it for a while... Unless you're a late adopter. The main trends that were seen on most of the catwalks consisted of a lot of fur, leather, oversizing and minimalism. Orange also seems to be THE colour to wear this fall, which is never a bad thing for me as it's one of my favourite shades...

New York Fashion Week, A/W13.

As usual, we were introduced to fashion week with New York kick starting the busy month. We saw subtle chic here, with 70s office girl at Marc Jacobs and contemporary futurism at Michael Kors. Galliano was also half of the genius behind the Oscar de la Renta collection, and his influence in the designs was apparent as we saw subtle hints of Dior. Proenza Schouler played up to the key theme of monochrome and oversizing, with big white coats over black leather trousers. Victoria Beckham, queen of minimalism, displayed various mid-length outfits with gorgeous silhouettes, while DKNY introduced orange in excessive amounts and taught us (in case we'd forgotten) how to layer.

Marc Jacobs
Oscar de la Renta
Proenza Schouler

London Fashion Week, A/W'13.

Snapped on the first day of LFW by a
Sweater- Brian Lichtenberg
Jeans- Topshop
Metallic heels- Topshop
London Fashion Week was perhaps my favourite of the month, not just because I got to go to a few shows myself (Zoe Jordan, KTZ, Bora Aksu, Felder Felder and Nina Nautsdal), but also because I felt it had some of the best shows that truly represented British style. My favourite label Burberry, with my favourite ever creative director (Christopher Bailey) did not let me down, with its cute collection of heart-adorned trench coats and use of rubber. Other favourite's included Mary Katrantzou, Marios Schwab, Julien MacDonald, Giles and Osman. The graphic prints and gorgeous silhouettes at Mary K led me to fall in love with what I think is one of her best collections to date. Giles is always one of my favourite designers at LFW, and his timeless collection was not disappointing. As a lover of all things embroidered with gold, the white and gold combinations at Osman all made for a perfect ready-to-wear collection. As for the shows that I attended, Felder Felder had to be my favourites, as the German duo introduced rubber trench coats and gorgeous berry tones.

Mary Katrantzou

Marios Schwab



Burberry Prorsum

Felder Felder

Milan Fashion Week, A/W'13.

Third up to showcase its genius was Milan Fashion Week. I absolutely fell in love with the perfect collection at Dolce & Gabbana, as I do every season. The crowns, opulent religious homage and stunning red at the end of the show was simply to die for. The amazing duo always know how to do accessories well, and this season was no exception; you can count on me to be rocking a crown this fall, for sure! The prints at Just Cavalli and opulent era-inspired collection at DSquared2 were more favourites of mine, with the gorgeous designs at DSquared2 appealing to my glamour-nostalgic self. 


Dolce & Gabbana


Just Cavalli

Paris Fashion Week, A/W'13.

Last, and in some cases least, was PFW. This for me was the most disappointing of the four, probably due to the very tragic collection at Saint Laurent Paris (Read my blogpost on that abysmal show here). Dior and Balmain were my highlights for the week, while Elie Saab, Valentino, Louis Vuitton and Chloé also managed to capture my attention. Raf Simons at Dior is just proving to be a more and more potent decision as this season, he bought his genius to us in mixed textures by recreating and modernising old, classic Dior silhouettes. The jewel tones, with yet more mixing of textures and thick gold belts at Balmain were beautiful and didn't stray too far from the classics of the label. Valentino also brought to us some chic and romantic feminine pieces, whilst adhering to the minimalism calls of this season. 



Elie Saab

Louis Vuitton


As i'm still getting over the tragic death of Saint Laurent Paris, i'd say there are definitely mixed feelings and decisions over fashion month, but the collections mentioned above give me hope that fashion isn't dying (thank fuck!).

For a full review of the shows I attended (excluding KTZ & Nina Nautsdal) check out my published articles on The Upcoming;
Zoe Jordan
Bora Aksu
Felder Felder
Morella Sassoon

Marium x

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