It seems that Victoria Beckham has been thinking about what women really want for Summer - and the good news is that means she's expanding her repetoire away from bodycon dresses!
Suits, trousers, tees jackets and skirts have all been given the VB treatment - to amazing effect. Solid, block colours of red, black, nude and white made up the collection, and little collars and mesh or lattice panelling added detail to the simple but beautifully cut shapes.
And we can't talk about the show without mentioning the footwear; Manolo Blahnik designed the flat sandals knee length sandals and cut out peep tie ankle boots, both of which which we are massively lusting after!
Tom Mora found inspiration for the SS13 collection from nature books in pictures of insects, trees and flowers - which influenced the whole collection to be full of bright, powerful colours including pink, green and bright yellow.
Nature inspiration led to a real mish-mash of textures and styles from around the world, inclusing traveller inspired embroidery and embellishment, but ramped up in a sporty way, with caps, statement trousers and shine - we love!
Diane Von Furstenberg
A bohemian, bright, bold and confident show from the fashion mastermind DVF - this was not simply a collection of wrap dresses. There was stitched on pearls, bright color-blocking, and embellishment on dresses, often layered over narrow trousers.
The talking point of the show however, seemed to be the Google glasses, which showed a film of her fashion week experience leading up to the show - even some of the models wore them!
Victoria, Victoria Beckham
It seems as though VB has confirmed that she's set down her roots in LA - the soundtrack and the prints both were inspired by the west coast, with palm print and sunset designs - however this was grown up.
Oversize t-shirt dresses in luxe materials and chunky jewellery gave this collection the 'posh' edge - it looks like her diffusion line is catching up with her mainline collection in the style stakes.
There was a wild, nomadic look to the Custo Barcelona show, with colour and print taking centre stage, but battling for their place with fringing, embellishment, plastic and metallics.
Patchwork fabric, neon trimmings and knitwear jostled with snakeskin print gilets and sheer trousers - minimal this collection certainly ain't... but we like it!
It seems as though travelling - and particularlyIndia was the starting point for several shows this season - and Vera Wang's was no exception.
The first part of the show featured top to toe white ebsembles, but adorned with texture and embroidery to keep it interesting - but when colour appeared - it definitely made an entrance! Blues, bold greens, gold and other jewel colours were mixed into midi skirts, fitted bodices and sleeveless dresses. Lace and embellishment added Wang's attention to detail.
The Mulleavy sisters were apparently inspired by 'medieval and fantasy role-playing games' and you could tell! Armour inspired skirts, flames made of leather, and lots of waist cinching over gorgeous patterned dresses demonstrated a feminine shape, but with a tougher, warrior-like edge.
Leather fringing adorned some of the most show-stopping pieces in the collectio, but we also loved the graphic silk blouses and t-shirt dresses.
There was a definite American prarie girl theme in this collection, with longer skirt lengths and flat shoes, the look was definitely chic and demure.
However, the show was kept alive with ethnic touches such as tie dye and embellishment added in jewellery and adornment to the collection - and we loved the graphic, traveller style prints.
Sporty luxe was the theme at DKNY - simplistic crisp white blouses were teamed with washed out baggy denim and styled up with sneaker heels and visors. Monochrome prevailed, with long-sleeved black jersey tops worn with contrasting white A-line maxi skirts and vice versa. We especially loved the injection of silver in the form of an oversized biker, not to mention the return of the bumbag - yes, you heard us right!
Tommy Hilfiger show was all about stripes - in all shapes and sizes. Vertical stripes adorned slouchy trouser suits and maxis, chevron stripes added a retro touch to buttoned-up dresses colour-blocked bold stripes adorned leather-look polo shifts. The added use of rope, mega-chunky cable knits and more Breton tops than you can shake a fishing rod at make this an unashamedly nautical collection! All those in favour, say aye aye...
Rebecca Minkoff's SS13 designs had a boy-meets-girl vibe: girly florals were added to sporty tracksuits, and Clueless-esque short-suits paired with rock t-shirts. There was a strong Western vibe to some pieces, with white printed flares, fringed hems and bandana-style headscarfs. A key print was the graduated faded floral used on jumpsuits and gilets. Tomboy chic at its best!
3.1 Phillip Lim
We loved the DIY vibe at 3.1 Phillip Lim. Fabrics were mix 'n' matched, jackets were adorned with floral appliqué and denim had a reconstructed patchwork look. The combination of ditsy florals and plaids adorning bikers and flippy dresses gives this collection a reworked fun take on grunge (funge?) and we like it.
Marc Jacobs' SS13 collection was all about the swinging sixties. Models sashayed down the catwalk in perfectly tailored skirt suits (trousers weren't invited to this show) with thick stripes in a muted colour palette of black, white, beiges, blues and the odd pop of red. Hems of t-shirts and dresses were scalloped, adding some girliness to the proceedings and skirts were worn very low on hips to freshen up the sixties silhouette.
BCBG Maz Azria
The BCBG Max Azria show was inspired by Helmut Lang's fashion photography. The colour palette was kept minimally monochrome and silhouettes were floaty and feminine with chic below-the-kneee hemlines and delicate lace detailing. The collection was given an S&M edge by the leather harnesses worn over many of the designs. We especially loved the architectural heels with chunky heels and leather cuffs!
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