Christian Dior Fall 2013 Couture

Raf Simons delivered again for Christian Dior yesterday in Paris. The Fall 2013 couture line he sent down the runway was dynamic and honored the tradition of couture: the client. Simons did away with the overtly dramatic looks we often see in haute couture collections and instead put forth a stunning modern wardrobe designed with the customer in mind. That’s not to say the collection lacked drama – international influences were everywhere: bold tribal colors, spacey Japanese fabrics, Masai-like neck pieces, and nods to American sportswear. Always the rebel, Raf Simons produced a remarkably normal couture collection that dazzled with sexy cuts, sheers panels, and eye-catching colors.

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Fall & Fetherston

Fear not fashion enthusiasts, as confirmed by my Intro to Meteorology professor, fall is finally upon us. Months of oppressive heat, bad hair days and awkward tan lines will soon give way to the characteristically brisk weather of the superior season.  It is with great enthusiasm that I swap out flip-flops for leather boots and t-shirts for chunky knit sweaters.

Of course fall has more to offer than the chance to play with layers, it also heralds in a brand new crop of lust-worthy clothing at New York Fashion Week.

Before fashion lovers even have the chance to romp about in their fall wardrobes, the who’s who of the industry are displaying their Spring/Summer lines in spectacles of style across New York City.

These fresh looks might not hit shopping malls for months, but no one can stop you from getting a head start on 2013’s inevitable trends.

Erin Fetherston’s Spring 2013 collection was one of the first to show yesterday, kicking off what’s certain to be a bold, pattern laden Fashion Week. Fetherston, who’s been on my radar for years because of her fantastically feminine couture and ready-to-wear lines, gave yet another dazzling performance on the fashion stage.

The new collection has a distinctly glam, 60’s mod vibe, a departure from previous more ethereal looks, that I am absolutely loving. While the mini-dresses and tube tops don’t translate very well to the cool fall days of the near future, other elements of her clothes can, nay should, make appearances in your outfits this season and next.

Here are the notes you should take away: Collars are key. Opt for smaller, square shaped collars that are buttoned all the way up for a polished, as opposed to preppy, look. Embrace the unexpected. Fetherston gives typical feminine pieces new rocker attitudes by adding studs to a cropped cardigan and using black leather to amp up the drama of a classic swingy dress. Go bold or go home. Some women fear patterns. That’s silly. Don’t shy away from them! Patterns don’t have to be as loud as Fetherston’s neon lips and big cat print to make a statement. Give them a fighting chance with a floral blazer on top of a simple blouse or a tapered polka-dot trouser.