by Katy Hertel
An exciting month of Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear shows concluded on March 6 with Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Elie Saab wrapping up Paris Fashion Week. Amidst the extreme variety of cuts and fabrics seen in next season’s collections, several major trends emerged as dominant forces from the rest. Check out our round up below of some of the exciting new Ready-to-Wear trends for Fall that are sure to steal the show!
Designers took a step away from traditional, clean and sleek jeans, and instead added embellishments to mostly dark wash denim. Rips, studs, patches and leather panels were all fun additions embraced by the collections of Zadig & Voltaire, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Isabel Marant.
The classic leather jacket underwent an interesting twist in many collections for the upcoming season. The usually edgy staple in every woman’s wardrobe was given a more feminine touch by adding large bows or creating a peplum-style jacket, both seen in the line by Viktor & Rolf. Jason Wu also added to the mix with a cropped patent leather jacket in a snakeskin print.
Furs brought luxury to the runway in all shapes and shades, but the most sensational of the Fall 2013 collections were found in white, silver and icy pastels. Whether the material formed snoods, sleeves or knee-length jackets, each piece made a grandiose statement. Standouts included a snow-white belted jacket by Jason Wu, Carolina Herrera’s bold, yet sleek grey sleeves and a dazzling white knee-length cape by Moncler Gamme Rouge.
Mad for Plaid
Checks, tartan and plaid were extremely prominent in shows across the globe. These bold patterns took on many forms, in everything from jackets to pants to dresses. Highlights included Louis Vuitton’s selection of plaid dresses and coats embellished by metallic glitter at the hem, and Moschino’s Scotland-inspired collection which was full of plaid dresses, cropped riding jackets and kilts.
Fifty Shades of Pink
Designers added some colorful flair to their collections with the intriguing addition of pink coats. Shades varied anywhere from champagne to dusty rose to hot pink, and helped set a playful yet feminine tone to many of the shows. Miuccia Prada opted for sweet, checkered and polka dot patterns for her Prada and Miu Miu shows, respectively, while Jonathan Saunders and Emilio Pucci preferred colored fur to complete certain looks.
Pinstripes, the menswear classic, were reimagined in a myriad of inspiring ways for Fall 2013. Designers looked beyond the norm of women’s pantsuits to create striking pieces that stood out from the array of typical pinstripe blazers. Karl Langerfeld redrew the fine lines in fur at Fendi, while Stella McCartney rendered the design as a sweater dress.