Was no one prepared for this? Was no one prepared for the world to still be here by the time Fall 2013 Ready To Wear rolled around?
When we last checked in to RTW in September, the Spring 2013 collections were coming out and they were WHACK, like designers all went bat$h!t at the same time, producing lines that were either bleakly apocalyptic or brightly futuristic. For Fall 2013, there’s lots of career reflection for the older juggernaut labels. Also, a lot of revisiting 1930s glamour.
For everyone else, Russia.
I’m not sure what that hell that was all about, but Russian influences were everywhere. Do we, as an American society, somehow miss Russia as we knew it? Personally, I kinda like not living in the Cold War anymore.
Is it too much to ask for shape and texture and material to move forward?
Surprisingly, Donna Karan got my attention for Fall 2013. Normally, I’m bored by her work because it’s so much like office decor. This collection looks like she watched Dune.
Lacoste is another one that gets skimmed over due to its perpetual sportiness. This season, things got interesting. I love the exaggerated proportions on these sleeves:
And the use of zippers in this dress:
I hate myself for not coming up with this shirt hemline on my own (although mine would come down to my hips so it looked like the shirt was chomping at my lady bits):
Inspired by Mars. For real. Nanette Lepore’s inspiration for the collection was Mars and humanity’s possible future there. This is the most Mars-y and futurist look from the collection. Dig the print and the shape of the sleeves.
There’s nothing I don’t love about this Prabal Gurung dress. The mixed fabrics, the asymmetry, everything is working for me here. The look is totally Day-to-Night Bounty Hunter Barbie.
The harness makes this gown work:
There’s some interesting seaming going on in the skirt here that keeps it from being ordinary. And that sweater is badass. I need to figure out how to DIY that.
Theyskens’ Theory was easily my favorite collection at New York Fashion Week. Of his looks, the designer said, “If it didn’t look comfy enough to wear overnight on a spaceship, it didn’t make it onto the runway.” At first glance, they were classic looks: shift dresses, boxy blazers, swingy minis, and wide leg pants. But, there is a subtle futurism about them in the shape and fabric selection. The entire collection is worth a look – these two are my favorites: