Spring/summer 2014 looks debuted on the runway a month ago, and if you’re anything like us, then patience isn’t exactly your strongest suit. Instead of waiting for the snow to melt, we sprung forward to next season for trends that we can wear now—and beyond. At Milly, Elizabeth and James, and Vera Wang, athleticism was the name of the game, with mesh integrated into tops, skirts and dresses. Layer the netted fabric over long-sleevers for wintry days and wear it solo, come spring. On the 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lanvin and Marc by Marc Jacobs runways, light-refracting iridescent pieces were the star players. Gravitate toward mesmerizing holographic dresses and skirts (perfect for holiday parties) or keep the high-shine material to a minimum with a small clutch. We shopped out 10 spring trends that pull their weight (two seasons’ worth of weight, in fact). Relevant until at least next fall, start racking up fashion mileage points now with these investment pieces that essentially pay for themselves in wear count alone.
Fashion Week is many things (including but not limited to: celebrity sightings, lust-worthy looks, drop-dead gorgeous models), but scary, it’s typically not. However, for the spring/summer 2014 shows, a handful of designers chose not to succumb to the usual springtime theme and instead sent down looks that readily call to mind zombie brides, extraterrestrial creatures and more. Thom Browne toyed with ‘insanity’ for his collection, furthering the idea with ashen makeup, smeared red lipstick and wildly teased whited-out hair. And thanks to the fine handiwork of makeup artist Pat McGrath, 15 eerily masked models took our breaths away at Givenchy. Just in time for Halloween, we rounded up 10 frighteningly fashionable looks plucked from the runways, including Comme des Garcons, Gareth Pugh and Louis Vuitton. Click through for some spine-tingling inspiration.
All shows are special in their own right, but it’s common knowledge that the ones at Paris Fashion Week trump all, taking the runway routine to extraordinary new heights. They’re bolder, badder and just bigger. Case in point: Raf Simons turned a garden upside down at Dior, stringing chandeliers of foliage through an arbor-like set. Rick Owens flew in step dancers (aka real women) for a dance battle on the catwalk. Jean Paul Gaultier transformed his into a Dancing With the Stars reality competition that included a Vogue-ing Karlie Kloss Madonna-style and Coco Rocha dancing as Danny Zuko in a Grease performance. For Marc Jacobs’ last show as creative director for luxury label Louis Vuitton, he created an all-black set that comprised elaborate elements from his previous shows, like a carousel, fountain, and escalators. And let’s not forget about the memorable fashion either. Karl Lagerfeld meshed art and fashion when he drew inspiration from vintage paint swatches for Chanel, while Hedi Slimane gave us sharp-shouldered pants suits for Saint Laurent. At the end of each day, InStyle Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary reviewed all the shows and picked her top spring/summer 2014 looks. Click through to see which ones made it to the top of her list.
If Balmain’s Ready-To-Wear Ensembles Are Out of Your Price Range, You Can Give Your Strands a Runway Twist With Their Hair ProductsSep 30, 2013 @ 3:51 pm
Talk about a couture coiff! While Balmain‘s runway pieces aren’t in everyone’s fall budget, the label’s hair products used backstage at their Paris Fashion Week show are within reach. To create the effortless waves seen on Karlie Kloss and the rest of the models, hairstylist Sam McNight took a minimalist approach, working with each girl’s natural hair texture to impart a lived-in feel. Balmain’s Texturizing Salt Spray and the Argan Moisturizing Elixir ($23 and $31; balmainhair.com) were used where needed to give each girl a relaxed, lived-in look, and for an additional piecey effect, McNight worked the Magic Move Soft hair paste ($30; rickysnyc.com) into the ends. We’re obsessed with the surfer-chic texture Balmain’s Salt Spray creates, and the Argan Elixir is great for all hair types, leaving strands soft to the touch with a glossy shine. Find Balmain’s hair products at balmainhair.com, and with the prices starting at $23, these couture pieces won’t break the bank.
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The Rick Owens spring/summer 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week rocked headlines when a crew of step dancers performed a routine in lieu of the usual run-of-the-mill catwalk. The designer reportedly flew in real dancers (read: real women) from American college campuses to the City of Light to showcase his new collection, which not only blurred the lines between fashion and performance art, but also candidly confronted the issues of (the lack of) diversity and glorified “model” sizes in the industry. What do you think of Owens’ show—is it a step (pun intended) in the right direction? And, is it enough of a catalyst for change? Weigh in below. Click to watch a snippet of the performance.
We’re in the homestretch of fashion month, with yesterday as the last day of Milan Fashion Week. But before we dive into the Paris spring/summer 2014 shows, let’s take a breather to appreciate our favorite moments and looks from Italy’s fashion capital. At Gucci, Frida Giannini demonstrated the art of “meshing” glamor and athleticism in one gown (and yes, mesh was one of the fabrics). Karl Lagerfeld didn’t stop short of spectacular at Fendi, combining a genius medley of sheer fabric, shine and sheared fur in one look. And to really drive home the theme of “light,” light radiated through cascading waterfall that served as the backdrop. Another favorite moment? For Moschino‘s 30-year anniversary show, iconic models, like Pat Cleveland, Jodie Kidd, Alek Wek and more, strutted down in vintage Moschino. InStyle Market Director Wendy Wallace called it, “A really fun flashback,” especially with singer Gloria Gaynor performing “I Am What I Am.” Click to see the 5 looks that topped InStyle Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary’s “Look of the Day” list.
Designer: Marc Jacobs
Location: 69th Regiment Armory
What was it like: An “end-of-the-world” environment: A black sandy runway, larger-than-life heaters (that turned the armory into a vast sauna), littered debris and destroyed fashion glossies, a wrecked ship and strategically placed teepees.
Why we love this collection: Always the non-conformist, Marc Jacobs was adamant about breaking away from the “spring” theme (think: soft fabrics, pastels and florals). So, he went in the opposite direction, with dark laced-up Victorian-style gowns, cool-weather heavy fabrics (like, wool), fringed boots and moody prints in dark shades. And he succeeded—none of them scream “spring,” save for the occasional hibiscus print and white accents.
— Wendy Wallace
Designer: Ralph Lauren
Location: 560 Washington Street
Notable guests: Jessica Alba
What was it like: The collection showed in three parts: black-and-white mod-inspired ensembles, Crayola-bright color-coordinates and fluorescent floor-sweeping gowns. And with each transition, the music switched and the mood changed to reflect the attitude of each.
Why we love this collection: Ralph Lauren kept it strictly black-and-white in the beginning, playing with a variety of silhouettes, from collared dresses to printed three-piece suits. But after 25 interpretations of the strict color palette (or lack of), the designer sent bright monochromatic looks down the runway, a welcome change that ultimately led to a line-up of gorgeous gowns, including the final look: a red-hot off-shoulder cape-like dress. Red-carpet worthy? Definitely, yes!