Like I said in Part 1 of this lust-worthy series, as more and more designers opt to present on the runways of New York, Milan, Paris and London, fashion lovers are left with an insane amount of collections to browse. I have to say, Part 2 is stocked with some of the best collections of the season in my opinion, and there’s a whole lot to absorb in the way of trends, shapes and styling…
Oscar de la Renta: I cannot deal with this collection. No one does glamour like Oscar de la Renta, and mixing things up with colourful hair strands, bold hues and statement necklaces gives this collection more rock n’ roll than ever before. This is one of those collections I could stare at all day, but it really only teaches the regular joe one thing – take risks, and own them.
Vera Wang: Deep emeralds, crisp whites and bold, bright patterns inspired by India made up Vera’s Spring/Summer collection. Tops came in all shapes; tunic, turtleneck, deep V and peplum, each look was different from the next, yet they were all unified under one vision. What does this collection teach us? Don’t be afraid to match a top with your bottoms, sometimes we need to stray away from contrast and that generic denim + top uniform.
Saint Laurent: The best result of controversy? A major comeback. When Hedi Slimane announced that Yves Saint Laurent would be changed to Saint Laurent under his creative vision this summer, droves of people disputed the decision (including yours truly). His debut collection (and very first womenswear line on top of it) was a slam dunk, waving away all doubt and mesmerizing onlookers with wide-brim hats and tie-neck blouses. The lesson here? The ’70s are back in a major way (did they ever leave?) and most importantly…I need a bolero (ideally, that first one on the left.)
Helmut Lang: Still quite a young brand at 6 years old, Helmut Lang has become synonymous with urban edge, continually reinventing the wheel year after year. I loved this particular collection for its extreme range, from patterned blazers with matching bottoms to sleek yet shapely designs in soft palettes, and then dresses with clean lines and shots of colour. What designers Nicole and Michael Colovos do best is teach us how to emulate the “I roll out of bed looking this cool” look. It always looks comfortable, effortless and undeniably edgy.
Which Spring/Summer 2013 collection most inspires you?