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Runway Recap: Checks at Louis Vuitton, Bees at McQueen, and More From the Final Paris Fashion Week Shows!

From stripes to checks, Marc Jacobs has the swinging ’60s covered!

At this morning’s Louis Vuitton show, the designer picked up where his New York collection left off, presenting a series of looks inspired by the decade’s checkerboard Mod prints and pop art designs.  The famous print, seen first on the yellow and white glass runway— lined by front row guests Natalia Vodianova, Poppy Delevigne, and Rachel Zoe— also made its way onto the sunny looks sported by nearly every model pair that strutted down the catwalk.  Although a seamless transition from Jacobs’ New York show, the French rendition of the ’60s trend was not as overtly sexy, and slightly more structured.  Presented in either mini, midi, or maxi lengths, the spring offerings very rarely steered away from the the clean checks seen on everything from crop tops paired with mini shorts, mid-calf tailored driving coats, and square neck slim dresses.  When he did step away from the checks, Jacobs opted for abstract flower prints done in yellow, white, or grey tiny sequins that created a glistening liquid effect on his evening wear designs. The only thing left to consider is which ’60s trend you will channel come spring: stripes or checks?

Miu Miu rounded out this season’s stellar Paris Fashion Week lineup with a minimal spring collection that was mature and quite ladylike— well, of course!  The grown-up offerings came in the form of mid-calf skirts worn with wispier crop tops, long gloves, and bejeweled flat sandals.  Large fur stools in tie-dye patterns elevated the sophistication of the paired down looks and were worn over the shoulder with elongated coats fastened together with a single brooch. Nerdy-chic cat-eye glasses were also added to the mix every now and again for a dose of fashion fun.

Aside from the well-crafted black, white, and red looks though, the show’s other standouts came in the form of the top model lineup.  Fan favorite Raquel Zimmermann returned to the runway as today’s opening model, followed by Hilary Rhoda, Jessica Stam, and closer Karen Elson. We couldn’t get enough!

The very British art of beekeeping was the inspiration for Sarah Burton’s Spring 2013 collection, and every piece was buzzing with visual detail.  There were wasp-waisted brocade jackets in honeycomb patterns, covered tortoise shell bustiers and chokers that  resembled crystallized honey. The clothes, Burton said, were “celebratory” and were bound and caged at the waist for a 1940’s pinup flair. Models like Magdalena Frackowiak, Julia Nobis, and Kati Nescher got to show of their curves while giving their faces a break: each look was paired with black beekeeper’s veils that hid the models faces. The dress finale was a play between sexy and sweet: exposed black bra straps and boning peaked out from a full skirt in flow-y chiffon with floral appliqué. Burton showed off her ability to subvert even the most banal reference from the natural world with power and grace. We’re betting that anyone who sat front row for this collection is still reeling from a sugar high!

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