Phoebe Philo doesn’t need to the turn on the charm while safely nestled in the good graces of the fashion establishment. Her weird furry slippers (furkenstocks) were the ultimate must-have seconds after hitting the spring runway.
But despite the British designer’s ability to “do no wrong,” charm us she did for Fall 2013. Shapely wool trumpet skirts dominated the silhouette, and it was a welcome idea. Feminine but not twee, the models looked powerful when that skirt style was paired with off-the-shoulder blouses, loosely cropped pullovers and mock turtlenecks. Another cool moment? Sleeves that hit the knuckle—the look is louche, but not sloppy.
It wasn’t perfectly perfect. We can’t entirely get behind the sleeves tied like a straitjacket below the bust. Editors tweeted that they were convertible (and could be used as real sleeves) but we weren’t there in the flesh, so it’s difficult to discern what that would look like. Thom Browne gets away with this sort of thing, but not Philo. After all, furry slippers can be sold at retail. Straitjackets? Maybe not.
The set of plaid Tati-inspired coats and sacks reminded us of Louis Vuitton’s similarly printed bags from spring 2007, but that was a long time ago. Philo’s tongue, much like that of Louis Vuitton artist director Marc Jacobs, is secured firmly in her cheek. It’s time to go shopping.