This week offered plenty of opportunities for chicness, between the Scottish Fashion Awards in Glasgow, Salvatore Ferragamo's star-studded Resort 2013 extravaganza in Paris, and the menswear shows in London — and that's just on the other side of the pond. Add New York's Tony Awards, Los Angeles's Max Mara Women in Film event, and the Young Hollywood Awards, and the amount of style on display this week was nearly through the roof. So who turned up and who turned heads? Well, Tom Ford, Daphne Guinness, Anna Dello Russo, Laura Bailey, Tali Lennox, and Karolina Kurková, for starters. What did they wear? It's all right here, in our weekly best-of recap.
Posts for June 16th 2012
A high-contrast mix of textures and a paired-down palette of neutrals dominated Alexander Wang's Resort 2013 collection. The designer said he was interested in "the idea of suspension, cutting things apart and tacking them back together," and the notion manifested itself not just in the designer's use of angular layers and juxtaposed fabrics — slick leather, whisper-light sheers, faux croc, and tactile knits — but also in the cutaway flaps, seamed panels, and delicate straps that dominated each look.
A motley crew of 1970s notables — Bianca Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Bryan Ferry, and Twiggy among them — as seen on the pages of Peter Schlesinger's photography book Checkered Past had Carven's Guillaume Henry feeling a bit bohemian for Resort 2013. But that doesn't mean the twee gamine suits and collared minidresses that are his hallmark have disappeared. No, they're still here and, with their contrast sleeves and cheery colorblocked hues, they're just as appealing as ever. It's just that this time around they've been loosened up and injected with a newfangled sense of gypsy appeal: flowing silhouettes, drawstring ruffles, and paisley prints.
For Resort 2013, Rachel Comey offered up plenty of citified transitional options — and plenty of the brand's signature downtown cool. Among the standout pieces? A loose-fit peplum tank in soft black leather, a torso-skimming carrot-legged jumpsuit, and a kimono-wrap shift in Comey's newest fabric obsession: stonewashed denim. Also on offer were some terrific prints: a vivid mustard floral and a glorious pink wallpaper motif.
Thakoon Panichgul looked to the chandeliers of Fred Wilson and the "architecture of frosting" for Resort 2013, resulting in a cupcake-hued assortment that's sweet but not at all cloying. What gives these youthful separates so much appeal is the innovative mix of fabrics and prints — basket-weave linens, textured neoprene, floral jacquards, graphic gingham — and Panichgul's careful juxtaposition of geometric insets and softly rounded tailoring.
Relaxed luxury defined Clare Waight Keller's Resort 2013 collection for Chloé. Keller took her cues from '70s scarves, which not only led her to create the stylized purple-and-brown floral print featured on skirts and dresses, but also imbued the rest of the collection with softer shades of lavender, cream, rust, and khaki. Keller's square-shaped shirts, cinched at the waist with bows to create a peplum, were either trimmed in lace or given oversize sleeves. "I liked treating the fabric in a more luxurious way so that it had more structure but still feels relaxed," Keller said. The season's pants, pleated to create more room through the leg and slightly tapered at the ankle, serve as evidence of that easygoing sentiment, too.
With the first day of Summer quickly approaching, the number of dads, grads, and groomsmen deserving a little luxury is increasing by the minute. Luckily, there's no shortage of high-end essentials on the market that men of every stripe will cherish for the rest of the season — and beyond. Herein, 20 great pieces that are sure to make an impression when it's time to give the perfect gift.
Phoebe Philo's Resort 2013 collection for Céline showcased what the house does best: laser-focused, impeccably tailored separates with undeniable graphic appeal. Crisp, wide-legged trousers were a focus this season: some met the ground with a band of color, while others had tuxedo stripes in bright hues. Philo also turned out a few great pieces of outerwear, such as a leopard coat with blue leather sleeves and shoulders and a burgundy coat with multiple horizontal zippers that allow the wearer to create different lengths. Juxtaposed against the defined edges and clean lines were silk scarves tied at the neck, and bias-cut crepe tops draped to create a languid gathering of fabric at the neck.