I t’s is never to late to start a debate on looks seen on the haute couture runways of Spring 2013. We have seen it all- the good, the bad and the ugly but let’s put aside all our differences and agree on just one fact. The fact that garden is the clear inspiration of the season.
Major fashion houses like Chanel, Valentino, Christian Dior and Giambattista Valli have all decided to draw inspirations from the beautiful blooms in the garden along with all the pretty shades of the sky and fairy tale-like dreaminess. Perhaps it’s about time for us to go easy on all the blacks and animal prints because Spring 2013 is all about innocent princess and precious flowers.
Karl Lagerfeld created a forest in Grand Palais by shipping trees inside the venue. The collection; “Neo-Classical” as he calls it, is all about luminous white and silver with a lot of shine thrown in. It is very romantic with layer upon layers of lace and feathers. He sent out not only one but two brides to close the show which symbolizes his stance about the issue of same-sex marriage in France.
The collection was inspired by a romantic secret garden dream world. Each garment is intricately crafted that it took 500 hours of hand-rolling to produce the piping on one skirt. There’s a lot of capes which reminded us of Little Red Riding Hood as well as the signature lace and embroideries. The tulle dresses are simply breathtaking. We could definitely see this becoming a huge hit among Hollywood stars on the red-carpet this year.
This is Raf Simon’s second couture offering under Christian Dior. While the first collection was mostly based on designs from the archive of the French fashion house, this time around Simon cited Christian Dior’s autobiography as his reference. It was very indirect but flowers and the sky shades are among the inspirations for this Spring 2013 collection. The dresses are floaty and comes in the shade of blues as well as tiny petals which embellished most of the designs.
Flora and fauna are perfectly combined with one other to create this season’s collection by Giambattista Valli. While the animal prints give the strong edgy look to the collection, Valli balanced things out with a lot of pastels and soft fabrics like tulle and chiffon in most of the dresses. Every single look sent down the runway towards the end of the show are all very romantic and ethereal.
So what do you think? We think garden-inspiration is definitely in this season. The clashing prints and strong patterns are still very much relevant for now but why not soften things up a little bit? Let’s bring out that fairy-tale princess in you.
Source: style.com, huffingtonpost.ca & ibtimes.com