Hearing the word “lace” may conjure up images of frilly and fancy frocks, but the material that first made it’s appearance in the late 15th century, is now back on the fashion scene with a colorful splash (in nearly every color of the rainbow, no less!). No longer relegated to basic black or white, countless designers are finding ways to work it into their collections (so that you can partake in the trend without looking like an extra on the set of Downton Abbey).
The key is to be adventurous with the cuts and colors of the pieces in question, and keep the styling and accessories classic to provide just the right balance.
Here are a few options that I particularly love and would wear abandon — depending on the depth of my ever-changing mood.
Is it grunge? Is it girly? Perhaps this is exactly what Phillip Lim wants us to do — keep guessing. This spring, the designer’s collection — we especially loved the moto jackets— takes inspiration from “cut-up,” a literary technique of the Dadaists, in which they rearranged words in a sentence, creating random text. Here, the designer tells us about his eclectic take on spring’s mix and match trend:
SaksPOV: You have described your spring collection as an exploration. Phillip Lim: Spring 2013 was an exploration into the notion of ‘Cut-Up,’ a literary technique, which can be traced back to the Dadaists of the 1920’s. I interpreted this in clothing by manipulating and reassembling garments to create a non-linear alternative to the original. Fabrics were cut-up and folded-in to create a push and pull tension between street and polish.
SaksPOV: Your moto jackets have us entranced! Tell us about it. P.L.: It’s an unexpected [use of material]— with detailing that has a real hand so there is a softness to it. It’s still a biker at its core, but it has buoyancy that makes it stand aside from the rest. The silk material added the feminine to a traditionally masculine piece — the ribbing gives the jacket a lightness in the way it moves with the body.
SaksPOV: Who do you envision wearing it? P.L.: That’s the great thing about it — its versatile. It can be thrown over something casual as well as be dressed up. I love to see how people interpret it. The 3.1 customer is someone who knows who they are and isn’t afraid to make a statement about it.
Punxsutawney Phil said that spring is coming and temperatures have risen a few degrees in NYC, which means that you’re likely preparing to move into a new season. With that in mind, might I suggest a style of outerwear perfect for the transition?
What is it? The motorcycle jacket — “moto” for short — was originally designed to keep bikers warm during long outdoor rides but quickly became a favorite of hard-partying musicians and their hangers-on. It looks great when layered with sweaters or hoodies and adds a subtle dash of masculinity to any outfit, dressy or casual, and for those reasons alone it has become a staple for both fashion industry insiders across the board — editors, models, and even regular everyday people.
How can you wear it? When pairing a moto with an outfit on the weekend, simply toss it over a soft, loose tee and your favorite pair of skinnies. Keep the look’s composure with simple, quality flats rather than beat-up sneakers, which will make your outfit appear lazy instead of purposefully tough. For a fancier occasion, give a nod to the greats of rock and roll and/or Harley-Davidson by wearing the jacket over a cocktail dress and peep toe booties. Add a feminine statement necklace to balance things out.
First stop London. Of all the London shows, L’Wren Scott’s show was the most extravagant. This was her first London presentation, and the true Brit in her wanted everything gilded. The venue was One Great George Street, a beautiful Edwardian building a block from Parliament whose gold leaf ceilings were echoed by gilded shoes, belts, sunglasses and embroidery on the runway.
Gilded names were in attendance (Anna, Mick and all the rest). At one point, lunch was served with drinks in gilded glasses. Even the shepherd’s pie seemed to have a golden crown (though I’ve always believed the shepherd’s pie served on Mondays at Green’s in the West End to be the gold standard).
Other notable shows included master of the print Mary Katrantzou, who draped her models in oversize digital photography prints that turned the runway into a walking art gallery.
Patience. What of it when it comes to fashion? Hardly able to wait until fall 2013 to wear some of the amazing trends from New York Fashion Week, I took a cue from Saks senior women’s fashion director, Colleen Sherin, taking her favorite looks fresh off the runway and sought to get the look now. Because isn’t it nicer when someone holds your hand a little bit? Especially when it comes to fashion, which can seem intimidating sometimes — but no need to worry, we have you covered.
To start, Colleen proclaimed her love for classic elements, as shown in the latest Marc Jacobs collection. “I love the chic simplicity of reinvented classics.” One particular outfit paired a fitted knit with an embellished pencil skirt, which turns workwear staples on their heads. And thanks to fashion’s current obsession with all things ornate, there are tons of pieces to choose from — try a slim skirt like that by Diane von Furstenberg and an equally slim sweater from Inhabit to get the classic look.
According to Colleen, “oversized knits worn with short flared skirts were a major look on the New York runways,” which means that the easiest way for you to put together this outfit on your own is to find — you guessed it — a loose sweater and full mini to create a killer combination like those seen at Rag & Bone’s show. Need suggestions? This boxy knit from T by Alexander Wang would work perfectly with BCBGMAXAZRIA’s ponte flare skirt.
One of Colleen’s favorite fall trends is the luxe sweatshirt, as seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim. “Luxe Sweatshirts are a key trend for fall 2013, and this one in leather with side-zip details is spot on,” declares Sherin of this Lim look. I second that motion. Seek out similar styles in a rich material and interesting details like the J Brand and Stella McCartney versions above. Add trousers for a look that is unique yet still appropriate for work.
Now that wasn’t too hard, was it? Go off and be your bad self, ladies. These autumnal trends are yours for the taking right now.