Paris Fashion week just ended. The culmination of three months of non-stop fashion fair: Menswear, Haute Couture, Pre-Fall, Fall/Winter, Pre-Spring, Post-Season, Transeasonal, Transitional Summer Moment (hey Mariah).
For Fall/Winter 2013, the shows presented a vision in stark contrast to the extravagance of last Autumn. Instead, designers whispered with soft textures, muted color palettes, and a focus on proportion. Longer lengths and looser silhouettes also played a major role in the Paris runways, and a recurring theme of relaxed clothing emerged throughout the all the fashion capitals.
Pared back fashion can often seem lackluster, and well-done minimalism requires finesse. These designers used their expertise to interpret wardrobe favorites through experimenting with softness, asymmetry, and length. Here are our favorites:
This season, Raf Simons stepped out of the garden and into a psychological pop art dream world. It felt like a reflection of the subconscious with floaty sheer, embroidered “memory dresses” and high contrast cable knits. Our favorite look was the first exit, a black draped suit with a tie at the neckline. The black and white look was a welcome progression from the slicker suits and neckties from Spring/Summer, in a mid-length skirt and relaxed shape.
Yohji redid the suit through different layered silhouettes. Extreme flared out pants (a favorite of ours), pleated skirts, and swinging jackets were all deceptively basic, but dramatic pieces that would be a unique yet easy addition to a wardrobe. (Relating deeply to the hair at this show!!)
This collection presented mutated versions of bomber jackets, dresses, and coats. The athletic vision of the 1940s-influenced witchy silhouette was predominantly navy blue and black. You can imagine being dramatic and glamorous in an ankle length coatdress with a modern physicality while retaining a sense of comfort and ease.
The emerging ideas for Fall/Winter 2013 are all apparent in Stella McCartney’s show, from traditionalist pinstripes to boxy silhouettes. The mid-length shin grazing skirts and coats also make an appearance, this time with a clunky shoe.
This season, Celine exemplifies the expertise of going toward a softer silhouette. In the past, strictness has ruled for Phoebe Philo. Since last season, she’s been exploring the Celine woman at home, where plush textures and rounded silhouettes are at the forefront. Gray was a big message this season from New York to Milan, but here it looked light instead of dim. That heather gray was paired with milky pinks, cream, and navy. The motif of knotted sleeves reinforced the relaxed vibe, an effortless throw-it-on feeling.
We wore the longer silhouette with a sleeveless turtleneck column dress or an A-line skirt. We paired them with typical wardrobe staples like a buttonless peacoat jacket or wooly sweater. For warmer weather this Spring, we’re into the idea of wearing a mid-length skirt and a fitted t-shirt or crop top. It’s a cool and casual look that’s a nice alternative to the ubiquitous summer dress.