It’s not something you’ve never seen before, but there’s something new here that may tickle your fancy. Color and lines are two elements that have redefined the bomber and motorcycle jacket for spring 2013. From Paul Smith and Joseph Abuud to Balmain, designers in Paris for men’s fashion week presented their models strutting down the runway in delightfully colored, slim fitting jackets that were nothing less than stunning.
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Less is more when it comes to fur intertwined with fashion, unless you’re Cruella de Vil or a nomad wandering Siberia – fur from head to toe just isn’t a good look, so read carefully fur lovers. A hint of fur can breathe life into a simple, monochromatic outfit adding a pop of color and texture to your once plain Jane ensemble. The trick here is to know when an outfit is worthy of some fuzzy detail and what fur-accented piece works well with the rest of your look. I’ve seen so many fur-accented outfits that could look fabulous, that end up looking like a hot mess because of too much going on with the rest of the get up. Texture is key – since fur is highly texturized, its best to stick with materials that play down the idea of texture, for instance a fur vest with a silk blouse paired with cable-knit tights or dark skinnys and suede or cloth pumps. The fur vest is the shining star here, oozing with texture and UMPH while the silk blouse, cable-knit tights and skinnys shy away from the spotlight creating a perfect backdrop to display your fur. The same can be said with other accented fur clothing and accessories; for instance the Kenzo fall ’12 line (displayed above) mastered the idea – taking a peach colored jacket with a matte finish and adding an over-sized mink collar. Less is more people, and the proof is in the pudding – fur has never looked this good, sorry J.Lo time to put away those chinchilla jackets you got from P. Diddy.
Women’s Wear Daily announced that Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the power duo behind the wildly-successful Opening Ceremony brand, will show their first collection for the 41-year-old fashion house of Kenzo for S/S ’12. Known for a discerning taste that spans from eclectic to avante-garde, the Leon-Lim duo is well positioned to build upon the Kenzo philosophy.
I’m super stoked to see what these two will bring to the label, hopefully using their roles as co-creative directors to inject some much-needed new life into this venerable fashion house. They may not be designers per se, but it’s clear they’re talented merchants, editing and presenting only the most covetable merchandise in their Opening Ceremony mix. It doesn’t hurt that Opening Ceremony has a near-cult-like following. Undoubtedly LVMH was thinking the same.
Keeping my eyes open for more to come…
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