What You'll Be Wearing This Fall
Fashion Week Around The World
March is an important month. Not only does it mark the end of yet another chilly winter, it’s also when our glimpse of next season’s most scorching fashion culminated in the Paris Fashion Week finale on the 6th. Along with New York, London, and Milan, Paris saw in 2013 with yet another stylish and air-kiss-drenched sojourn across myriad runways, but for those who didn’t catch the spectacle for themselves, read on to find out our ones to watch for next fall/winter. New York – Creatures of the Wind
COTW designers Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters may hail from Chicago, but that didn’t stop them totally dominating New York’s Fashion Week this year with their scarlet light-flooded ‘Candy’ show at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center.
Their sharply tailored silhouettes, signature drop-notch coat and jacket lapels, and sport and military-inspired tunics, dresses and separates juxtaposed luxurious fabrics like leather and hand-woven jacquard with vinyl and Japanese wool, and featured a rich but muted seasonal palette of olive, chocolate, dusty pink, aubergine, and grey with splashes of magenta and lime. London – Tom Ford
It’s no secret we harbour a soft spot for Mr. Ford
, and with his glorious return to runway showing – his first full outing since founding his womenswear label – he’s sure to steal your heart too. Injecting a much needed shot of bold colour and brash texture into this year’s London proceedings, Ford’s ‘Cross Cultural Multi Ethnic’ show treated fans to hot pink patchwork fur and ponyskin, vibrant sequined trousers, pop art-emblazoned bombers and evening gowns, head to toe leopard and lace, fringed leather and all combinations of the above. Fun, frivolous and downright Ford. Milan – Alberta Ferretti
No one does romantic femininity and subtle elegance like Alberta Ferretti. Once again, her dreamy F/W collection floated onto the Milan runway, this year bringing with it luxurious velvets, warm wool plaids, fluid maxi skirts and cinched blazers, plus the odd requisite soft ruffle now synonymous with Ferretti’s name. Sheer, peek-a-boo panels and structured, Victorian-inspired coats provided the edge and the maturity respectively, while statement cross pendant earrings and beaded embellishments added the stunning yet soft luster we know and love. Paris – Dries Van Noten
There are but a handful of designers who can pair a fringed gold flapper dress with a striped boys school blazer and oxfords and whip us into a frenzy in the process, but this year, Dries Van Noten proved once again he was certainly one of the lucky few.
There were more than a few collisions of men and womens’ traditional style, fabrics and decorative accents in his Hôtel de Ville show, with ostrich feathers, rhinestones, chiffon and embroidery invading wools coats, flannel trousers, knit sweaters and poplin shirts. The result? A modern, elegant and at times thoroughly glamorous take on androgyny.