The Trend Report

by Leandra Medine
February 15, 2013
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Ten trends you might want to try before Fall even rears its head

It is always right after New York Fashion Week ends that I remember how similar it is my period. Why? Because like the inevitable red nile drop in, even though I know it’s coming before it does (because of some reliable tell-tale signs), I’m never really prepared. And by the time I’ve been able to lean into the swing of its peculiarities, it disappears without even leaving so much as a note. Not even a little tiny baby Post-It that says, “thanks for having me! Bye!”

It’s cruel, really, but the fundamental difference between the former and the latter is that at least when Fashion Week departs, it leaves lessons and stories and photos to tell of its dalliances and victories and sometimes, even its failures.

In light of the most recent descent and migration cross pond, fellow victims, rejoice! This trend story has got everything: platypus intestine red, girdlenecks (you know, that thing where turtles wear girdles around their necks), suits, plaid, and more bandals. Before I continue, I just want to confirm that you understood that brief, meager SNL Stefan reference re: girdlenecks and platypus intestine red. No? Well, ouch. This never happened.

Starting with suiting in model order we’ve got Tommy Hilfiger, Karen Walker, Christian Siriano (who, by the way is typically far more akin to a more feminine silhouette, see: the ballet academy),  3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag & Bone, and Timo Weiland. What feels most interesting to note here is that the wide-ranging vibe through all of Fashion Week stayed seemingly committed to obstructing gender stereotypes in a most androgynous nod to the vast places clothing can take us.

Here is a deluge of plaid that maintains the spirit of my previous point in spite of the more common skirts–it all seems very Oliver Twist goes to beauty school. From: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Band of Outsiders, Tommy Hilfiger, Suno, and Jeremy Scott.

And at thigh length: more boots. Spring promised a fairly substantial flux of discomfort in the form of shoes that graze knee-length. Fall followed suit (pun intended, see: trend #1) in both boot length and matters of the discomfort: how, after all, are we expected to maintain warmth through off-the-cuff snow storms in open toe boots and likewise pumps? Maybe like comfort, snow is just a state of mind and if we block the white noise our toes won’t even know the difference. From left: Prabal Gurung, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Altuzarra, BCBG Max Azria, and DKNY.

The other end of the human body promised a generous array of interesting headgear that too maintains last seasons’ ethos: go big, or go home. The afore-discussed sweater turban cum caps (Band of Outsiders) are photographed at immediate left and continue through a rather lucrative misadventure including lamp shades (Oscar de la Renta) and into more conventional rain shielders care of Timo Weiland, Ostwald Hegalson and Ralph Lauren.

In what is perhaps my favorite of the trends: turtlenecks and dickies. What could be a more integral 7th layer for the most thoughtful onion-related endeavors than a lonesome dickie concealing your non-hickey? Sorry, I had to. Photographed here: Altuzarra, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tibi, Proenza Schouler, and Alexander Wang.

Meanwhile, on the color spectrum: outside the confines of either very dark color (made absolutely majestic and lush because of the apparent play on fabric and texture, making even the most banal black seem so wildly interesting) or the refreshing, recurring dash of winter white (or beige, which is professedly rather cool again), there was red. A bright red that bled through almost every premier collection in a most striking hue of show stopper. Collaged here, you’ll find: Prabal Gurung, Oscar de la Renta, Creatures of the Wind, Marchesa, Zero+Maria Cornejo, and Marc Jacobs.

Also notable: a glut of ankle length coats and capes. Collaged here: Yigal Azrouel, Ruffian, Rodarte, Derek Lam, Oscar de la Renta, and Band of Outsiders. I do believe this is the first season I have been able to rattle off 10+ trends in a preliminary appraisal. That’s got to mean something, right? In other notables not photographed: many, many short shorts and skater skirts.

And finally, in the most overwhelming, sweeping, and disappointing (only because of the intangibility factor, though) of New York Fashion Week:

Ladies and dillweeds, it is officially Cara Delevigne’s world. We’re just living in it while her supernatural powers transport her from show A to show B in simultaneous lightning speed and full look/makeup. How does she do it, and can I?

Just for good measure, and in case you, too, have come to terms with her immortality and your mere existence as a full functioning human but nothing else, here are some of the most fun accents from various shows and presentations to put a smile back on your face. Fashion is great like that.

From left: The Baudelaire sweatshirt from Ostwald Hegalson, an embellished tie from Creatures of the Wind, the essentially nude girl that Marc Jacobs sent down the runway (we’re particularly keen on this because it seems rather easy–and cheap–to DIY), 3.1 Phillip Lim’s race car matron, Karen Walker’s bow-spenders, a skunk arm baring no need for motor skills at Altuzarra and Rebecca Minkoff’s space t-shirt.

All collages by Charlotte Fassler

REPLIES
  • monkeyshines

    inspiring vintage looks!

    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • JennyNov

    Love the Lily Mcmenamy “rather easy- and cheap DIY” that would have been a great look for Valentines Day ;)

    Jenny
    http://nothingtowearnovello.blogspot.ca/

  • essskay

    you forgot the beanies!!!

    • Leandra Medine

      You just wait! :)

  • marinacasapu

    can’t stop looking at those shoes!!!
    http://www.live-love-fashion.com

  • http://twitter.com/TripsTreasures Trips & Treasures

    such a cool overview post ! the plaid was hard to miss, but im looking forward to all the capes aswell

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.net
    new outfit post

  • Jennifer

    Haha you’re too funny

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • Esme

    I love The Baudelaire sweatshirt. Ostwald Hegalson is “modernity.”

  • lavieenliz
  • Jamie

    Love the ‘go big or go home’ headgear! Always a fav :)

    xo,
    Jamie

    http://www.inspirationlush.com

  • http://twitter.com/maggieclancy Maggie Clancy

    I will try to rock turtlenecks this fall. I WILL try.

  • Sam Savo

    caras world that is SO true hahahaha

  • http://twitter.com/far_and_wild Far and Wild Jewelry

    i’m investing in an eyebrow pencil as an extension of the cara trend.

    abigail
    http://www.farandwildjewelry.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/lottiekerr Charlotte

    Oh boy am I excited to wear that red, and capes. Maybe a red cape? Channeling Little Red Riding Hood is going to be my mission come Fall.

    http://lottiekerr.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://twitter.com/VisualTherapyNY Joe Lupo/Jesse Garza
  • Uschi

    Thanks a lot for sorting all that for us… :-)

  • Nico
  • The house of fasti

    i am trying v hard to learn from you….i wish i lived in NY i would have managed to convince you to work for free …..just to learn…but here am i ^ hrs away from one of my fav blogger ever….greetings from London:)

  • The house of fasti

    Please like my page …i would die for a like from you lolou:)….my page is called the house of fasti <3

  • XeanaFashion

    These trends may not please everyone, because not everyone fashionista is suitable coat length of ankle or Hessian boots!? But some models will be popular and we will soon see it in the streets.

    xoxo,Xeana
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  • Lola Lagerfeld

    Love Love Love Rodarte FW2013

    L O L A – L A G E R F E L D BLOG

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  • Bonnie Clyde
  • Nicole Eigbrett

    Thank you for the recap! The reds are so beautiful.

    But really, when I first saw your title collage all I could think was car-a.. Car-a…Car-A! Long live her zaniness and prominent brows!!

  • Capucine Cagna

    Cara is my favourite, my idol

  • Cat

    Who needs motor skills when you can have a SKUNKY HAND. Who? huh?
    Nobody, is the answer.

  • Kali

    Only you could relate fashion week to your period! Hilarious! Loved seeing you on Project Runway last night!
    Kali
    http://thestylishmd.com

    • FashionPILL

      I saw her on Project Runway and I started to freak out! She was amazing!

      • babs

        But she sent off Joe! Joe!! His stuff was so interesting, and his dress was so much better than Amanda’s. I was surprised, he seemed so Man Repellant to me.

  • Eva
  • http://cirquedelatelier.blogspot.com/ Cirque de l’Atelier

    The knee highs are totally because of the gladiator sandal boot trend of spring, and the outwear craze is carry over from this fall… make sure to check out the best looking shows from NYFW

    http://cirquedelatelier.blogspot.com/2013/02/best-of-new-york-fashion-week-fw-13.html

  • Amy N.

    Great post!

  • Domonique

    Now this, this make’s it all the more easier to take in! Thanking you!

    p.s I’m all for the plaid and ankle length coats.

    x

  • http://twitter.com/Eraclia Eraclia Skoufari

    can’t wait to see u wearing a suit, you amazing woMAN repeller <3
    love it :)

  • Alona Bronstein

    Cara is perfection. She’s my favorite model!
    I adore the suits! :)
    x
    Alona | stylewanders.blogspot.com

  • Sharon

    Great trend report… I don’t even need to read a fashion magazine for trends anymore, cause this is the bomb!

    TMR… stop killing me with photos of Cara, she’s just too perfect

    http://primpedandprimed.blogspot.com.au/

  • Isabella

    I already miss a post in which you’d make a reference to Girls’s last episode and talk about Hannah running away from the perfect life after she finally found it… in fact I’ve been waiting for this for the whole week. am I too desperate or what?
    good reviews, btw!

  • Mandy Ciccone

    This was an awesome post. LOVED it! Cara is iconic. Check out my site, http://www.mandyciccone.com!

  • http://ravenmaidenmaven.blogspot.com/ Lydia Teo

    Superb trend report! My favourite is the plaid trend, I seriously love this pattern!

    ravenmaidenmaven.blogspot.com

  • Little Red Book

    I can get into turtlenecks. sans the dickies.

    http://www.littleredbook-thatshaute.blogspot.com

  • Nuria

    Wow great blog! very professional and original!

    http://blogdenuria.com/

  • atshirtandskinnyjeans

    the snl reference was brilliant and immensely appreciated!

  • Namrata

    Love androgynous trends! Combortable and stylish all at once!

    N
    http://seasoncheck.blogspot.in

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  • Lauren at adorn la femme

    I am crazy in love with the period analogy and the Space t shirt~ and Prabal Gurung as the

    (=’.’=)

    Lauren at adorn la femmenew kid on the block!

  • Holly-Bella

    For a second I thought ‘god, all the models look like cara delevigne’ and then I realised they ARE all cara delevigne. She is everywhere. Everywhere…

    http://thepersephonecomplex.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://www.mybougeotte.com/ Victoria {Bougeotte}

    The capes are my favorite, I can’t get enough!
    http://www.mybougeotte.com

  • http://twitter.com/crumbsncashmere M

    I must know what the “space” tee says in full. Turtlenecks and dickies should compliment the gym socks I plan to wear with my peep toe thigh high boots. Fine summary of what’s to come. Even with the crazy peep toe robo boots, and Dr. Seuss hats, it’s going to be a fun fall season. I should say, especially with.

  • Camilla

    Oh my, oh my! Just saw you on Project Runway!!

  • blackcatwildfox

    3.1 phillip lim was my favorite one! the outfit with the leather vest + big white sweater + tan pants was the best

    blackcatwildfox.blogspot.com

  • Gretchen von Düsterwald

    These shoes are so amazing! And I am totally obsessed with red so I think thi will be my season of fashion! But everything is probably extremly exepnsive… I have to leave school for working for my dream- great shoes

    Love
    Gretchen vonDüsterwald
    http://www.differentcolouredsocks.blogspot.com

  • A.

    YES! A Stephan reference!
    I love that you mentioned Cara Delevigne, eveything I read/saw about various fashion weeks was all about Cara.
    Usually, as a high school-er who knows she won’t be able to afford any of the above, I still have a favorite piece. I can’t say that I do this year though…
    andherphotos.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/paula.mcclelland1984 Paula McClelland

    You’ve done a fab job here collecting all the looks together for our viewing pleasure – for that and many reasons I salute you – and I don’t know about open shoes in snow – what about that skanky tartan fetish look?

    <3 Paula Shoe Fiend
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://www.facebook.com/anitaguerrero43 Ana Corbalan

    Totally irrelevant, but I’m in Spain and just watched the latest Project Runway. Loved seeing you on it and au naturellement on that particular challenge. I mean on what other one could you have appeared on? BTW you looked fab!

  • http://www.informedstyle.com/ Devon

    Part way through the week I remarked to a co-worker: “If I see Delevigne or Wixson one more time….!”
    Am guessing that I’ll be saying that through the next 3 Fashion Weeks as well.

  • yvon

    your collages are pretty awesome.
    http://www.prettydaffodils.blogspot.com

  • Lydia Bishop

    really love the turtle necks and the suiting! Your so lucky to have seen it all first hand!
    http://www.herlux.blogspot.com

  • Ida

    Cara Delevingne is so beautiful!

    http://ikkelandia.blogspot.fi/

  • http://thecornerapartment.com/ Elizabeth @ TheCornerApartment

    Oh Cara!

  • tafranklin

    wow, so impressive to see you on PR – in such great company of amazing guest judges!!

  • Fashions Your Way

    Don’t have the time to shop or just don’t enjoy it check out http://www.fashionsyourway.com.

  • pilisstyle

    I still can’t decide what to go for…

    http://pilisstyle.blogspot.com/

  • http://twitter.com/PJGL1 PJ GL

    Obsessed with Cara Delevigne. Major

  • http://thenonbrit.blogspot.com/ Amelia

    You managed to squeeze a Stefan reference into a blog post by using the word “girdleneck”. INSTANT favorite blogger.

  • http://twitter.com/sailingseastyle Sloane Kratzman

    Thank god you included Cara! You always seem to crack me up. Keep repelling hehhe

  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Newborn Fanatic

    drooling over the boots. they’re so magnificent! can’t wait to actually see them off the runway!

    http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/

  • Trendstop.com

    Great roundup of all the amazing looks we have seen, especially feeling the ankle length trend!

    Trendstop.com

  • Em

    NOTE– become Cara Delevigne, wear Pretty Woman boots, and invest in headgear. Got it!

    But seriously,I want all those capes.

    xoxo, Em
    http://stylebydirtywater.blogspot.com

  • Dani

    What about shoes!? :(

  • b

    nothing against cara delevigne but if i see her face one more time i’m going to eat my hair

  • beatriz rito

    Hey there! I would like to ask what you think it will be the color of the season FW 13/14 ?! kiss kiss bnag bang <3