At Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci presented a tough-as-ever collection—with a twist. In a lineup of suiting, separates and oh-so-sexy gowns, ruffles offered a surprising addition to the otherwise clean lines. Pops of pastel stood out among the mostly black and white palette for another soft touch. However, strong accessories, including sexy gold collars and transparent sandals, ensured that every ensemble had that Givenchy edge. Check out our favorite looks in the gallery!
Stella McCartney’s spring 2013 collection managed to combine drama and understatement with shapes (exaggerated shoulders, sheer panels, and extreme drop-waists) as statement-making as the colors (tangerine, cobalt, and kelly green). A master of bridging masculine with feminine, McCartney gave her cool-girl suiting extra impact by contrasting slouchy slacks against nipped-waist jackets, while her peek-a-boo sheaths are sure be favorites on red carpets. The finishing touch: sleek accessories, including coordinated Lucite sandals and bags ranging from geometric minaudieres to boxy totes. Check out our favorite looks in the gallery!
Celine designer Phoebe Philo delivered a sleek collection for spring 2013. The designer offered a variety of chic work looks—from crisp jackets paired with slouchy pants to silky skirt and knotted top combos in subdued palettes of black, navy, and cream. For evening, we loved her inventive interpretations of the classic cocktail dress, with mesh inserts and frayed hemlines. The bags did not disappoint (the foldover clutch is the perfect day-to-night style, especially in lipstick red), while the chunky knotted leather bracelets are an instant outfit-maker. However, the most unexpected element of the collection was the fur footwear—flat sandals and pumps covered in colorful, fluffy fur. Check out our favorite looks in the gallery.
— Violet Gaynor
Raf Simons’ eagerly-anticipated debut ready-to-wear collection for Christian Dior was a modern take on classic Parisian style. Drawing on some of the iconic silhouettes of the house of Dior, the designer modernized the overall look by adding bold details like neon hues and iridescent fabrics. Dresses in a variety of shapes and colors offered fresh options for work and weekend while classic ball-gown skirts were cut to reveal irresistibly bright metallic pumps. Equally chic were the ultra-wearable bags—ladylike for day, and sleek for evening. Check out our favorite looks in the gallery!
— Violet Gaynor
For Spring 2013, Lanvin desiger Alber Elbaz delivered a glamorous collection with his signature sexiness and a dose of cool-girl edge. There were feminine takes on classic tuxedo suiting, richly embellished cocktail dresses, and draped evening looks, which we can’t wait to see on the red carpet. Shots of yellow, fuschia, and purple amped up the otherwise moody palette of black and white, while chunky necklaces and Wonder Woman-worthy cuffs added high shine. For evening, crystal-encrusted bags with metal straps had a jewel box-like quality. For nine to five, Elbaz offered the perfect day-to-night ankle-strap pumps and sleek oversize clutches—big enough to fit all your essentials (plus an extra pair of ballet flats!). Check out our favorite looks in the gallery.
— Violet Gaynor
Balenciaga‘s Nicolas Ghesquière kicked off his Spring 2013 runway show with midriff-baring separates that set the sweet yet sexy tone for the rest of his collection. Pairing ruffles with cropped tops, barbed wire with lace and ounces of black and white, it was a high-contrast showing with an equally ample amount of drama. Always a standout in the accessory department, Balenciaga didn’t disappoint: Lace-up booties added to the collection’s sophistication and polish, while handfuls of spiraled gold rings embraced the label’s edgier side. Check out our favorite looks in the gallery!
Things have started to get spooky around here! Blood-inspired nails—from Prabal Gurung‘s NYFW show and also seen at Gareth Pugh in Paris—are giving us the creeps! (And we mean that in the best possible way.) While we suggest sticking with our fall lacquer favorites for your everyday digits, these eerie runway nail designs are perfect for Halloween! We caught up with celebrity manicurist Tracylee Percival, who created the blood-drop nails at Prabal Gurung, to get the lowdown on the spook-tastic tips. “Prabal was inspired by artist Anish Kapoor, who did an installation called Blood,” Percival told InStyle.com. To get the look, she suggests first painting nails a natural color, then using a nail art brush and a deep maroon shade to recreate the chilling manicure. “When you dip the brush into your nail polish, there will be a ball on the end, which is how you know you’ve picked up enough,” Percival told us. “Take the ball and push it onto the nail, then pull the brush upward in a line toward the tip.” For a dripping effect, go back and fill in any sparse lines. Too gory for your taste? Try a dark ombré nail like the models wore at Gareth Pugh instead. Start with a coat of deep berry polish and let it fully dry. Then, on a flat protected surface, pour a little of that same dark lacquer next to—just close enough so they touch— a polish in a lighter red shade. Using a toothpick, swirl the colors together at the point where they meet. Dab a makeup sponge into the polish mixture and lightly press onto nails to create an ombré effect. Clean up the edges with a wooden manicure stick (or pointy cotton swab) dipped in acetone remover. Volia! You can cross frightening fingertips off your Halloween to-do list. Now you just need to figure out a costume…
Ciao, Milan Fashion Week! But before we head off to Paris, here’s our wrap-up: At Moschino, mod makeup had its moment, while the duo behind Dolce & Gabbana played with unexpected materials like wicker and raffia (with a sexy twist, of course!). And over at Giorgio Armani, superstar athlete Serena Williams sat front row. Check out more highlights from Milan in the gallery!