No one does refined eccentricity like Marc Jacobs. His Fall 2012 Oliver Twist– themed fashion show resulted in whimsical looks that were inspiring to both the fashion enthusiast and the avid reader of Dr. Seuss. The models marched down the runway layered up for a brutal English winter in brocade and leather dresses over cropped trousers, topped off with 70’s pimp-style fur hats and embellished pilgrim shoes. The silhouette of exaggerated hips in the outerwear and piled on styling added a texture to the collection that was not only on-trend but also relevant to Jacobs’s point of view as an American designer with a European edge.
Calvin Klein Collection
At Calvin Klein’s Fall 2012 show, minimalism was, once again, the name of the game. Francisco Costa showed clean, sleek dresses and outerwear that incorporated the volume and exaggerated hip and sleeve details that were visible in many of this season’s collections. The simplicity of each look was also reflected in the models hairstyles as well as the footwear, however the mostly black and gray ensembles still had the impeccable tailoring (a cinched waist here, a sheer panel there) that makes any Calvin Klein show a must-see.
Alber Elbaz has certainly been a game changer for how a woman dresses in the past 10 years. Part power-driven sex kitten and rock and roll princess in the Queen’s jewels, his Fall 2012 collection for Lanvin was a study of the peplum- waist sheath dresses of the season and the decadence of leather, fur and glamour that he does so well. Elbaz also continued the oversized sleeve, cinched waist detail, and mostly dresses theme that were obvious trends for fall/winter.
Rick Owens must be a part of any conversation concerning fashion innovators. His architecture inspired collection this season resulted in models that resembled stoic buildings draped in voluminous wool and chiffon dresses that, although heavy at times, still managed to give off a strong sense of sex appeal. The sculptural cut of the leather jackets– some with droopingly large collars– gator stacked wedge boots and veil-like ski masks that resembled cobwebs over the models faces are sure to be fan favorites.
MCQ- Alexander McQueen
New Sleeve Design
Commes de Garcons
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