With the release of the MET Costume Institute’s newest exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, the dark and dynamic have graced New York’s streets. Leave it to Bergdorf, the queen of window displays, to perfectly expose the ugly and exquisite that encompass punk culture. Studs, spikes, skulls, and stilettos strike fifth avenue with curated runway looks from designers who dared to challenge the mainstream. Grab some fishnets and fringe, the punk life is a wild ride.
Opposites attract in a twisted game of sartorial checkers as hard lines, diamond points, and rigid shapes weave a decorative motif in black and white. Eye-catching and alluringly daring, these geometric patterns offer a minimalist vibe in this basic color scheme. From the runway to the closet, this trend presents clean lines and natural symmetry for a look that is anything but boring.
Balmain SS13 Runway
Chanel SS13 Runway
Michael Kors SS13 Runway
Louis Vuitton SS13 Runway
Sports attire has infiltrated sportswear as baseball jackets pay complement to the fashion scene. Raglan sleeves and cropped waistbands offer sensational comfort while entertaining the trend of boyish flare. Pair with a pleated skirt or feminine peg-leg pant and spiky stilettos to achieve this spectator look without actually stealing the bases.
All twinkling tinsel and jingle bells aside, the holidays are about spending time with those you love most…and looking great in the meantime. Family rendezvous call for flashing cameras and fabulous outfits. If memories last a lifetime, why not look great in them?
Alice & Olivia, $995 (So Hollywood Glam)
Yves Salomon, $550
Have you ever passed a gleamingly hideous pair of shoes, just to turn around and do a double-take? And in the sprightly seconds of that second glance, you somehow fall in love (sort of). Statement heels, while not always pretty, always deserve another chance. What better time than winter markdown season to sneak away from the comfort zone and splurge on the avant-garde. You may not get many compliments, but you can expect a few looks as you give life to a terribly fierce trend.
Nicholas Kirkwood, $906
Sam Edelman, $200
Miu Miu, $626
Jeffrey Campbell, $140
Christian Louboutin, $1395
Top Shop, $136
Brian Atwood, $425
Giuseppe Zanotti, $595
Welcome the start of spring with the comfort of stretchy cotton, dyed to perfection in a spectrum of hues. Retailers reworked the winter’s blue jean, transforming dark denim into neon brights and ditsy florals. From peg leg ankle length to super skinny heel huggers, these trousers operate best with loose flowing tops and boyfriend blazers.
J.Crew Chino, $69.50
Current/Elliot Crops, $218
In the heat of fall fashion week and the cold of mid-winter, designers relinquish warm fuzzies of fashion frenzy and style. New York fashion week marks the pinnacle of American sartorial epiphanies, complete with fresh talent and discovery. Fall 2012 runway holds the promise of updated silhouettes, novel fabrics, and a revived allegiance to all things oversized. Whether human nature or learned culture dictates our desire for newness and originality, fall’s top trends guarantee to peak your instincts and your interest.
1. Waist-Cinching Belts 5. Deep Velvet
2. Bespoke Menswear 6. More of the 70s
3. Supersize Me 7. Quilting
4. Big Patterns 8. Tootsie Roll Bag
The waist is fall’s region of fascination, as evident in the many curving silhouettes, constructed with the help of extra wide belts and peplum flares.
2. BESPOKE MENSWEAR
Fall tends to generate a heightened respect for tailored suiting, this year complete with menswear-inspired smoking jackets and puffed ascots.
My unsurpassed favorite trend for fall 2012 delivers the satisfaction of eye-catching, whimsical pieces, inflated for all to envy.
(Come September) Store your ditsy florals and mini polka dots in exchange for the bold blanket patterns of fall.
5. DEEP VELVET
Always an excellent fall staple, the velvet dress is now bedazzled with brocade pattern and portrayed in particularly feminine silhouettes.
Quilted material is no longer reserved for puffer jackets and vests, but now proliferates across all apparel and accessories.