If the cool weather is stealing your sartorial mojo, you're in for a treat! We've gone back through our runway archives and have pulled the most inspiring exits from the Autumn/Winter 2013 fashion week circuit. Alexander Wang gave us a lesson in textural contrast, Givenchy gave us permission to get cute with kitschy-cute tees, Phillip Lim suggested some grungy styling tips and Peter Pilotto showed us how to wow with print. From the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris — there is a wealth of Winter wardrobe ideas inside. Winter, we're comin' atcha!
Paris Fashion Week — and Fashion Month, for that matter — are officially a wrap! France's finest sent gorgeous shoes down the runways, with brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Valentino, and more raising the bar for Autumn/Winter '13 footwear trends — and weren't we all waiting with bated breath to see what new It shoe designers would be serving up this season? From burgeoning trends ('90s grunge boots, anyone?) to sleek standards like pointy-toe pumps, ankle-strap heels, and menswear-inspired brogues, click through now to see over 70 variations of our most-loved shoes from the Paris runways.
Hollywood, take note: the Elie Saab AW 2013 collection has something for all your red carpet needs. Movie premiere? Look no further than his killer cocktail dresses, including a black fit-and-flare with a sheer yolk. Elegant daytime luncheon? Saab's creamy white suit with an overcoat-cape-hybrid is spot-on. Film festival in Europe? Try that killer see-through teal gown with the sinuous beading up and down the front. Oh, the Academy Awards? Too many gowns to pick from. Saab is at his finest turning out a mix of sharp daywear, including trim skirtsuits (and even a sweatshirt!), and major dresses for the evening with a mix of swingy skirts, slits-to-there and lots of peekaboo details. Indulge your inner starlet and see all the photos from the Elie Saab Autumn Winter 2013 collection right here.
It might be the last city on the Fashion Week itinerary, but Paris's front rows have been lined with famous fashion fans. On the final day of the collections, we spotted chic arrivals including Miu Miu attendees Zoe Saldana in leather pants and a camel coat and January Jones in a mod ensemble. Naomi Watts headed to Louis Vuitton in fresh white, Jessica Chastain popped up looking as sophisticated as ever at the Moncler Gamme Rouge show, and Kate Moss was spotted in her signature fur coat outside the shows. Keep clicking to see which A-listers were parked front row at the shows.
— Additional reporting by Melody Nazarian
Marc Jacobs has delivered a knockout Autumn Winter 2013 Louis Vuitton collection, emphasising the intimacy and luxury of boudoir dressing. With a circular set of hotel doors surrounding an audience that included Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain, models like Kate Moss and Lindsey Wixson showed off ladylike looks with plenty of sex appeal. Tweed suits with nipped-in waists had degrade sequins while panne velvet dresses clung to the body. The house's famous bags were rendered in fur and other luxe materials, leaving the logos off the runway. Click through to see all the photos from Louis Vuitton AW 2013.
The Valentino Autumn Winter 2013 collection read like a modern fairy tale, rife with romance, beauty and femininity. Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli drew inspiration from the paintings of Flemish masters, and it came through most clearly in the modest silhouettes and simple red, white, blue, and black colour palette. Schoolgirl shifts were adorned with embroidered lace dickies, cuffed long sleeves, crisp collars, and faux front pockets; and for evening, those same accents appeared on a range of floor-length gowns, providing a more subdued kind of elegance for the Valentino woman. It wasn't all stunning eveningwear, though. A youthful sensibility was introduced via shorter minidresses — finished with scalloped edges and subtle colour-blocking — and through slightly tougher leather-and-lace numbers. To finish, we saw the house's signature red come down the runway in an off-the-shoulder gown, along with a parade of insanely pretty blue gowns, either lace-covered, embroidered, tapestry-printed, or solid-hued. See it all here.
Chanel Autumn/Winter 2013 was all about celebrating the brand's global reach. With the strains of "Around the World" pumping through the Grand Palais, Karl Lagerfeld sent models swirling around a gigantic light-up globe with interlocking CC logo flags dropped in to the brand's boutiques around the world. Chanel's iconic tweeds turned up in boxy jackets with rounded shoulders over matching miniskirts, while the famous quilted bag got an update with an open-ended handle. Night-time came in layers of sheer black over chain-laden boots and globe-shaped minaudières. From the folders filled with photos of the collection by Lagerfeld himself to the enormity of the set, there was a precision and an attention to detail that one can only expect of a house like Chanel. If this is Karl's world, then we want to live in it. Click through to see the full Chanel 2013 collection.
Our US editors were lucky enough to hit Paris Fashion Week this year, and they've been keeping us posted along the way with plenty of cool behind-the-scenes Instagram shots. We'll hand it over to them to give you an insider's look at Fashion Week!
This week we headed to the City of Light for the last (and possibly the chicest) leg of Fashion Month. That's right — Paris Fashion Week is in full effect. We drank cocktails served by French maids at H&M's first fashion show in eight years, witnessed the latest rocker stylings of Isabel Marant, and saw a flurry of models closing out the Saint Laurent show. And we're just getting started — that's not even mentioning the food! Click through to catch up on it all, and check back soon to see our latest snaps from Paris.
Call it Seattle by way of Saint-Germain. The Saint Laurent Autumn Winter 2013 took a detour into "California grunge," with creative director Hedi Slimane filling the runway with babydoll dresses, slashed leather leggings, flannel shirts, and embellished buckle boots. The YSL signatures were cleverly woven into the collection — "Le Smoking" was a tough elongated tuxedo jacket over a mini, the iconic fur chubbies turned into voluminous fur jackets draped sexily over dresses, and sparkling fishnets (even on full bodysuits) winked at traditional French dressing. We bet that front-row fans like Jessica Chastain and Kirsten Dunst will be snapping up the perfect leather coats — a sharp double-breasted trench was a standout — and the flat boots that accompanied many of the looks. Did we mention the army of black-leather-mini-clad models that came out at the very end of the show? Cool girls from coast to coast, from continent to continent, will be rocking those come Winter. Click through to see the full collection.
For A/W 2013, Stella McCartney showed off her signature sporty-cool aesthetic to an A-list group that included Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie, Natalia Vodianova, Bono, and, of course, her father, Paul McCartney. A star-studded crowd indeed, but once the lights went down, all eyes were focused on McCartney's refreshing array of boxy pinstriped coats, flip skirts, cropped plaid jackets, and chunky-soled loafer shoes. "It was a redirection of Stella classics, things I do instinctively and effortlessly, so paying homage to Britain and its classic tailoring and inserting a new femininity, bringing a sensual woman into it all," said McCartney. The designer continued her story with an interesting array of knit dresses featuring intricate semi-sheer lace detailing, portraying a simultaneously tomboy yet luxe feel. Eveningwear showcased a lineup of effortlessly elegant strapless silk dresses with bold elastic banding, while others featured a kitschy "skate" print. There was also a covetable array of metallic, holographic bags that will surely make their way onto every fashion darling's must haves list. See Stella McCartney's Autumn/Winter collection in all its glory now.