What’s black and white and red all over? Fall 2013 fashion, of course. And nobody could be more delighted than me—to be told by the fashion authorities that wearing all black is on trend pretty much confirms everything I have thought for, well, my whole life. AND RED!?!? My favorite outfit fashion color ever?! I am elated to see various shades of red strutting down the runways for fall (though the bright, vibrant hue à la Valentino is my favorite, as some of you may remember from this post). That’s not to say that none of the designers toyed with color, but more that the “OYGBIV” remainder of the rainbow made a rather rare appearance as an unexpected pop within a neutral and mono-tone background.
So let’s take a look at some of a few looks that caught my eye during days 1-4 of fashion week, including a few of those unexpected pops.
From Left: Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Jason Wu
From Left: Lisa Perry, Rag & Bone, Jenni Kayne
From Left: Yigal Azrouel, BCBG Max Azria, Altuzarra
Love is in the air at fast-fashion retailer Target this month with the launch of the Prabal Gurung for Target capsule collection. Fashionistas across the country have been counting down to the launch date of the collection since the announcement last fall, garnering the most anticipation for a Target collaboration since Missoni. In fact, a ticket to the launch party in New York last night was one of the hottest tickets in town.
The excitement was sparked further with the release of the movie-poster-like ad campaign featuring Olivia Thirlby, and the collection look book that hit the blogs last month. Described by Gurung as being “inspired by love,” the looks are on trend for Spring, featuring electric, bold colors in a variety of patterns on ruffle-y dresses, shorts, blazers, separates, and shoes. The designer is one of the most prominent on the fashion scene right now, continuously putting out inspired and innovative collections. He never ceases to awe me season after season.
Warning: launch may cause mass shopping hysteria. I suggest you arrive first thing in the morning and wear ample padding if you plan on buying in-store when the collection hits on February 10th. Which brings me to my next (and often-pondered question): WHY IS THERE NOT A TARGET IN NYC???
So far it looks like next Spring we will be wearing a lot of black and white, colorful bold patterns, boxy silhouettes, and cutouts galore (it’s a little ironic that those trends seem to contradict one another, no?) And for your feet, expect a lot of pointy toe pumps with ankle straps. If you want to get really crazy, adopt the war paint look from Boy by Band of Outsiders.
It’s always hard to pick my favorite collections from each season. With New York Fashion Week about half way through, I thought it would be easier to take a look at some of my favorites so far: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rag and Bone, Jenni Kayne, and Marissa Webb. And Lisa Perry. And Jill Stuart. Ok I give up. I love the Spring shows because during that last month of winter while I’m pushing against the wind and cold to walk through the slushy New York streets, I keep reminding myself of all the amazing clothes I will be able to wear only a few weeks later. From what I’ve seen so far, these designs will definitely do the trick.
Prabal Gurung (my must have: tiered and sheer grey)
Jenni Kayne (my must have: the hot pink)
Marissa Webb (my must have: halter dress)
Jill Stuart (my must have: white pants and sheer top)
Zoe Saldana killed it at the CFDA Awards in a sexy cutout dress by Prabal Gurung. Admittedly, the girl could look good in a garbage bag, but I am always her biggest fan when she graces the red carpet. I already raved about her outfit at this year’s Met Gala, but a few additional favorites are below!
In Prabal Gurung at the CFDA Awards, with the designer
In Calvin Klein at the 2010 Costume Institute Gala
In Elie Saab at the 2011 Latin Grammy Awards
In Balmain at the Columbiana premiere
Showing some leg: in Dolce & Gabbana at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, in Louis Vuitton at an Amfar Gala for Fashion Week, and in Prabal Gurung i at the Star Trek premiere in Berlin
I have always admired Diane Kruger’s style, and am convinced she can take any fashion risk and make it work. As a juror at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, she had the (daunting) task of dressing for 15+ red carpet events. And yet, every outfit she wore was absolutely stunning (starting with the Giambattista Valli Couture gown she donned at the Opening Ceremony) and perfectly suited for the event she was attending. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she often accessorizes with a hot red carpet date, boyfriend Joshua Jackson (whom, I might add, I have had a crush on since his Mighty Ducks days). Below is an edited selection of some of my favorite looks… the editing of which took up much of my morning!
In Giambattista Valli Couture at the Moonrise Kingdom premiere and Opening Ceremony
In Chanel at the amfAR gala
In Nina Ricci at the Killing Them Softly premiere
In Prabal Gurung at the Nights in Monaco gala (with Mr. Jackson – see how he adds to the outfit!?)