Fashion week came, and brought a feisty lil' friend named Nemo along for the ride--forcing us to consider forgoing, "Well, doesn't she look chic!" for, "Well, doesn't she look warm?!" The runways begged to differ, offering up endless new ways to bundle-up beautifully for fall 2013. Check out our top ten trend takeaways from the fashion week that weathered the storm in style.
Theme: The Comfort Club Charlie Brown’s Linus must have made his way onto several inspiration boards for fall 2013, as elevated blanket finishes and folds melded “cozy” with “couture.”
Theme: To the Moon and Back Beam us up, Scottie! An interstellar vibe swept the collections with silvery metallics factoring heavily, whites charging on (far past Labor Day), and designers –as Sachin and Babi did–grafting print concepts from sources as celestial as the Aurora Borealis.
Trend: Surplus + “About face!” Out of the trenches and onto the runway, a platoon of Army/Navy togs stood at attention. This look was about olive-drab tones, melton wools, and new takes on camo--like the ikat version at Michael Kors.
Theme: Saved by the Bell Parochial, public or private, the runways had us vying to get into the schools of our choices for fall 2013. The academic vibe was interpreted via dirndl skirts, oversized coats, and “teacher’s pet” jumper dresses.
Color: Berried Alive Tart, tangy, and just a little bit sweet, berry hues took center stage amid the season’s autumnal palette.
Novelty: Counting Sheep You’d have to have dozed-off to miss all the fuzzy, fleece textures featured during the fall 2013 shows. Some true fur, some chunky knit yarns, and others Polartec-inspired fabrics, they embodied this hard-edged season’s softer side.
Detail: Quilt While You're Ahead Quilted and batted to tender perfection, these pieces pump up the fabric volume.
Key Item: Caramel Coated Designers rendered fab reinterpretations of the classic camel coat, featuring novel fur treatments, pontoon-shaped sleeves, and belted styling.
Key Item: Freudian Frock A staple of mid-nineties alt-chic wardrobes, the slip dress re-emerged as the season’s cocktail stunner. This time around, things were less lacy vintage and more experimental “va-va-voom.”
Key Item: The Great Crusaders The cape--and it’s adorable mini-me, the capelet--were a hit on the runways and among the attendees of the shows as well. Women continue to love their layering potential and added extra injection of dramatic femininity