New York, London, Milan, Paris: Favorites from Fashion Month

This month saw the showcase of some brilliant designs at the (in)famous Fashion Weeks in New York, London, and Paris (Milan, too).  For those of you who don’t know, Fashion Week happens twice a year:  Autumn/Winter collections are from in January-April, while Spring/Summer collections are exhibited in September-October.  New York usually kicks off with its fashion week first, with Paris bringing up the rear, and London and Milan occurring between those two.  Did you know the very first NY fashion week happened in 1943 to distract the public from French fashion during World War II?

I’ve been obsessively following the fashion weeks for a while now, and this year seemed a little more interesting than the previous few.  The trends are awe-inspiring and, for the most part, wearable!  Some of these include the return of the hairband in Louis Vuitton, the pointed toe style in footwear, and the re-vamping of the jacket in Chanel.  Here’s a look:

PARIS

Jacket and pearls – definitive Chanel look. But check this out: big, statement pearls and slouchy tailoring add a contemporary twist to classic style.

Erm, this looks to me a bit like an old bedsheet. Not loving this but can SO imagine Diane Kruger pulling off this look even better than Lagerfeld imagined.

Think dresses, the Sixties, and lots and LOTS of checkers! I personally would think twice before sporting this print, but it certainly made for a good show. Oh and, welcome back, hairband!

This Dior dress takes my breath away. So simple yet so well-structured! Loving the high-low hemline, the corset bodice, the beautifully pleated midnight-blue skirt and the out-there eyes.  Look, pointed toe heels!

Strong, confident, precisely tailored! New creative director Raf Simons (ex-Jil Sander) packs a punch with the Dior Spring 2012 RTW collection. How awesome are the satin lapels?

NEW YORK

Slicked back hair, leather, lace and sharp, grown-up cuts: this defined Jason Wu’s Spring 2013 RTW collection. No wonder the First Lady is a huge fan!

Katy Perry hair, chambray leggings, grandma’s old denim shirt over Mom’s maternity blouse – Sorry, Anna Sui, your models just look like hipsters who got a bit too excited at the Salvation Army!

Holmes and Yang is Katie Homes’ collaboration with Jeanne Yang. The debut collection is stoic, indifferent and resolute, with a few pieces of evening wear, lots of trousers and prints, and some tough jackets. Swooning for the military trench!

MILAN

Clockwise from top: volume and fullness at Marni, Moschino teaches us geometry, and cool greys and icy blues dominate at Giorgio Armani. When it comes to excess and opulence, Milan never disappoints!

LONDON

Look at the lace! Burberry Prorsum’s RTW Spring 2013 collection was abound with lots of color, well-controlled color – more like a dieter, rather than a kid, at the candy store. Refined, well-cut, yet still vibrant. Burberry never fails!

Postage stamps and banknotes on white backgrounds formed the main course of Mary Kartrantzou’s RTW Spring 2013 collection. Neat silhouettes with lots of A-line infused in between, these pieces are understated but definitely eye-catching!

Twinsets and cashmere, Pringle of Scotland’s RTW Spring 2013 collection exudes a luxe and retro style. Patch-pockets and belts were staples. My personal fave from this collection is the blue pants and black shirt combo. #mustnotdrool.

That’s all for now, folks.  Of course there were plenty more shows throughout the season, and I could go on for about 10 more posts gushing about them.  For now, check out this funny video from the Ellen Show.

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