The feminine looks stole the show. Michael Kors printed or embroidered skirts and dresses with tightly packed masses of blossoms. He called them “desert flowers,” a handle that lent itself to a palette of deep red, strong blue and khaki. Among the stunners: a crimson washed-faille dress with plunging neckline and tiered skirt and a newfangled poet’s blouse, in a lapis poppy print with matching skirt. The level of intensity in the combination of bold color and ample volume extracted any trace of sweetness. In its place: flower power of the chicest sort.
Memorial Day Weekend Sales Image credit: Vogue Fr, May 2013
Memorial Day Weekend Sales: Memorial Day is quickly approaching, so before you head off to eat, drink and go swimming, be sure to express order the perfect outfit. Below we’ve collected a running list of sales that we’ll update through the rest of the week with new brands and discounts:
6PM // Memorial Day Sale on mens, womens, home goods and summer swim & apparel DATES: May 26 (12AM PST) – May 28 (11:59 PST)
Barneys Warehouse // Up to an additional 40% off select styles for a limited time only **Excludes Chloé, See by Chloé and Alexander Wang handbags. Discounts cannot be combined. Final prices will be reflected in shopping cart. Promotions advertised herein are valid only on BarneysWarehouse.com. Discounts, prices and selection may vary between BarneysWarehouse.com and Barneys Warehouse store locations. DATES: Ends Wednesday, May 27, 2014 (11:59 PM PDT)
BCBG // Take 30% Off at BCBG.com, plus free shipping! DATES: May 22- May 27
BEBE // Take an additional 50% off already reduced prices ends DATES: Ends May 26
Birchbox // Get your first box for $5 when you purchase a women’s monthly subscription. DATES: Ends May 26 CODE: SUMMERSUB
Bloomingdales // Big Brown Bag Sale – Take an extra 20% off a great selection of sale and clearance items at Bloomingdales.com! DATES: May 22-26. CODE: TAKE20
Bloomingdales // Big Brown Bag Sale – Save 20-65% on a great selection of merchandise in Womens, Contemporary, Mens, Kids, Shoes, Handbags, Jewelry, and Accessories at Bloomingdale’s! DATES: May 22-26
Bloomingdales // Save 30% on a great selection of regular-price handbags at Bloomingdales.com! DATES: May 22-June 8, 2014
Bloomingdales // Save 30-40% on a great selection of premium designer shoes at Bloomingdales.com! Offer valid online and in store DATES: May 22 – June 8, 2014
Bobbi Brown // Enjoy a special surprise gift ($18+ value) plus Free Shipping, with any $50 order. Code: SURPRISEME DATES: May 23 – May 26
Brooks Brothers // Shop Brooks Brothers Select $39 Polos, when you buy 3 or more this weekend. Brooks Brothers will also be offering shorts for $59, when you buy 2 or more. DATES: Ends May 26
Charm and Chain // 20% sitewide (some exclusions may apply) DATES: May 23 – May 26 CODE: REWARDSTYLE
Chinese Laundry // Receive a FREE pair of sunglasses with any purchase at ChineseLaundry.com DATES: Ends May 26
Cynthia Vincent // Additional 20% all sale items. DATES: May 23 – May 26 CODE: MEMORIAL
DVF // Take an additional 30% off sale items DATES: May 22 – May 26 CODE: SUMMER30
Eddie Bauer // Everything on sale. Plus, free shipping on orders of $99 or more DATES: May 20- May 27 CODE: FLAG
Elaine Turner // Spend $150 | Get 15% Off, Spend $250 | Get 20% off, Spend $400 | Get 25% off, In-store and online, cannot be combined with other promotions. DATES: Ends May 26 at Midnight (central time)
Equipment // Receive 20% off sale items DATES: May 22 – May 26 CODE: MDW20
J.Crew // 30% off sitewide (exclusions apply). DATES: May 25- May 27
JOE’S // 30% off sitewide. Certain exclusions apply. See joesjeans.com for details DATES: Ends May 26 CODE: HONOR
Joie // Receive an extra 20% off sale items. DATES: Ends 5/26 CODE: MDW20
Karen Kane // Receive 25% OFF SALE items DATES: May 23 – May 26 CODE: MEMORIALDAY
Kate Somerville // 10% off. Free shipping for orders over $50 and 3 Free Samples with each order DATES: May 22 – May 27 CODE: KSMEMORIALDAY
Lancome // Enjoy 20% off ANY order plus receive free standard shipping and a travel-size product of your choice. DATES: May 21 – May 26
Lily Pulitzer // AMAZING exclusive Lilly items in their new Lobstah Roll print as gift with purchases. Below is the spend breakdown: Any Spend- Lilly Pulitzer SPF 15 Chapstick $250- Lilly Pulitzer Beach Speakers & Chapstick $500- Two Lilly Pulitzer Beach Towels, Speakers & Chapstick $1000- Lilly Pulitzer Cooler, Waterbottle, Beach Towels, Speakers & Chapstick $3000- Lilly Pulitzer Paddle Board and all other items DATES: Ends May 26
Fashion Week was unanimous: Summer 2013 will be striped. Whether skinny or fat, minimal or psychedelic, stripes every which way produced graphic silhouettes on the catwalk. Color-wise, black featured heavily, with white at Balmain and Dolce & Gabbana, or clashing red and green at Michael Kors, and again at Dolce & Gabbana.
Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain and Marc Jacobs
From the Roaring Twenties Charleston dresses, to 1970s disco dancing queens, fringe-accenting is making a comeback for Spring/Summer 2013. It’s out with the leather cowgirl tassels of Fall/Winter 2012-2013 and in with delicate, sleek trims that will sway with you long into the night.
Nina Ricci, Bottega Veneta and Versace
Gold shines bright for Summer, as next season’s jackets, dresses and pants are sprinkled with shimmering metallic sequins. The sexy mirror effect looks set to heat up the dance floor when the glitterball gets going.
Fendi, Saint Laurent and Ralph Lauren
Fashion goes back to Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1950s polka dot dress, evoking a highly feminine delicacy and sophistication next Summer. The classic black and white polka dot duet is the ultimate detail for a discreet contrast in a minimalist look with an elegant edge.
Giorgio Armani, Chanel and Haider Ackermann
From nude pleats at Valentino and discreet folds at Stella McCartney to voluminous, flowing crepe at Chloé, pleated fabric is one of Summer 2013′s stand-out trends. Long seen as a good-girl style, delicate folds are gaining fashion ground in all their sheer, feminine glory on next season’s runway.
Chloé, Stella McCartney and Rochas
As seen on the runway at Burberry, Christian Dior and John Paul Gaultier, shimmering metallics set the tone for next summer. A dazzling trend spotted on trenches at Burberry, bustier dresses at Dior and slip dresses at John Paul Gualtier.
Burberry, Christian Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier
Designers are taking us on a safari-style adventure next season, where we’ll be in hot pursuit of fierce beige and khaki prints for both day and night, the countryside or the urban jungle.
Emporio Armani, Kenzo and MaxMara
With designers adorning their pieces with concertina pleats, the ruffles trend juxtaposes next season’s sharp rectangular silhouette, creating a super sensual effect. Next Spring/Summer ruffles will be fluttering about the neckline, waist and cuffs, as seen at Gucci, Givenchy and Chloé.
Chloé, Gucci and Givenchy
Masculine/feminine androgyny continues to inspire designers, and we certainly haven’t seen the last of the tuxedo. A classic trend revisited on the runway in black and sometimes in white, for a Newton-like silhouette.
Lanvin, Christian Dior and Céline
Traditional Eastern prints are given a Western spin next season, with hints of Hanoi, Beijing and Tokyo coming through in Asian-inspired collections. Discover fire dragon, lotus flower, peony and hibiscus motifs in prints which hail from the other side of the world.
Etro, Emilio Pucci and Prada
Backstage at Louis Vuitton, designer Marc Jacobs told us that he had been inspired by the columns in the work of French artist Daniel Buren for his Spring/Summer 2013 collection. This highly graphic look also popped up on Balmain’s Harlequins and in a mind-bending optical illusion for Marc Jacobs own collection.
Marc Jacobs, Balmain and Louis Vuitton
Spring/Summer 2013 will be best viewed in glorious Technicolor. During Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Moschino all paid tribute to Sixties girls like Twiggy, Françoise Hardy and Jane Birkin with mini-skirts, A-line dresses, graphic checks, patent Mary Janes and delicate motifs worked in bright colors. Pop pieces for a fresh, bold look.
Fashion people are a baffling lot, especially when they start speaking ‘Fashionese’. Confused? fashion.telegraph.co.ukexplained all for us:
“Put a fashion editor next to an alien and chances are the fashion editor is the bigger alien to the average Joe. Weird outfits, snot-coloured dip-dyed hair, large-cranium-tiny-body proportions: fashion people are a baffling lot, particularly when they start speaking Fashionese – grammarians, welcome “isshoes”, “Furkenstocks” and “Caradise” to the Oxford English Dictionary (maybe not) from this batch of spring/summer shows”
Isshoes: “Referring to one’s difficult, often painful footwear. ‘I’ve got major isshoes with these McQueen platforms.’” Tweeted by Derek Blasberg at Paris last week, dandy-about-town – and Fashionese’s premier wordsmith.
Sandaloot: “The shoe of this season is a knee high boot on top and a strappy open-toed sandal on bottom.” As seen at Alexander Wang, Marios Schwab and Ferragamo, and, hopefully, nowhere else next spring.
Mugg: “A gentleman who wears comfortable yet unsightly oversized Ugg foot products. ‘He was cute, but his shoes were muggly’.” Synonym: Ronnie Wood.
Carbocide: “The brutal murder of one’s self esteem and/or slim physique due to the ingestion of carbs. SEE: French fries.” An oldie but a goodie from Blasberg.
Furkenstocks: The mink-trimmed Birkenstocks at Céline’s spring/summer 2013 show. Jesus shoes go posh.
Sponge Bob SquarePants: Sounds dead cute – until you realise it’s a snarky put-down for someone without a waist. Still, it’s better than Mr Blobby. The smiling assassin of insults – thanks for the tip-off, Vogue Australia.
Fantragic: Fantastic + tragic, meaning something so wrong, it’s right – like those Furkenstocks, for example.
No Smoking Here: As in YSL’s Le Smoking, as in Karl Lagerfeld’s tongue-in-cheek riposte to Hedi Slimane’s hyped-to-the-heavens debut at YSL, sorry , Saint Laurent. The Chanel designer and all-round shit stirrer apparently handed out an illustration of a woman in a tuxedo, fag in mouth, with a ominous red cross through her. Fashion’s new feud? Unlikely. “We don’t have to do Smoking. Hedi Slimane really does it well,” Lagerfeld told WWD . “They were impeccable.” Lagerfeld also famously slimmed down to wear one of Slimane’s slim-cut Dior Homme suits.
Caradise: “Last day of ‘Caradise’”, tweeted photographer Matt Irwin today. He’s referring to Cara Delevingne, aka the month’s hardest working model, who walked for every big designer going. Cara, we are going to miss your hilarious facial expressions and mugging around backstage.