There is a reason we are seeing so much tweed, leather, lightweight furs and sweaters for Spring 2013: I think designers finally figured out that we buy things for the year, not just the season. A good leather coat, whether it’s from Fall or Spring, will be worn all throughout the year. And let’s face it, the reason Spring/Summer is not as important a season is because the lack of variety; there is only so much you can do with a summer dress, bikini, or capri pants. Plus, you can sell other seasons longer – this is why Resort is the most important season from a retail standpoint (it stays in stores the longest).
Chanel unleashed all things evergreen and exaggerated, and while a year-round wardrobe is every woman’s dream, exaggerated makes for a sense of fantasy. Polka dots made of plump pearls, over-the-top Peter Pan collars, and big, round shoulders and cropped jacket lengths go swimmingly with powerful geometric prints, making for every sort of riff on checks imaginable, and tweed ny way you want it (neon and pastel, strictly black and white, or sharp, bright, and graphic). For such elaboration, it’s all quite wearable – except for that showstopper of a bag: hula-hoop handle makes for a thrilling play on proportion!
From girls who just wanna have fun to to-the-core ladies, Valentino barely showed a hemline that reaches above the knee, yet. An array of skirts of every shape and texture abounded the runway, from minimalist sundresses to laser-cut lace suits to embellished slipdresses to habit-inspired pencil silhouettes. A standout: a waist-complimenting, lipstick-red leather trench with a swingy skirt and coordinating dress. The same goes for a transparent and heavily accented raincoat. I’ll take one of each, please! The Valentino woman may be coordinated down to her rockstud pumps (and more covered up than ever), and she is all the more powerful for it.
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