Despite the fact that Loewe has increased its ready-to-wear and footwear presences over the past few season, the brand still knows very well which side its bread is buttered on: the handbag side. The Spanish leather goods house always makes sure to include lots of lovely, luxurious, totally wearable bags in its fashion shows, which makes us love them even more than we already do.
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If you’re a Damier fangirl, you’re in luck. Prefer Louis Vuitton‘s monogram canvas or regular leather? It might be a tough six months for you, if you’re a Louis Vuitton customer. Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 was largely a riff on the company’s classic check print, with the square motif repeated over and over again in sequins, fur, piece leather and suede.
The fashion industry has been waiting with baited breath for months to see what Raf Simons would do in his historic first collection for Dior. The Belgian wunderkind has a penchant for minimalism and is known for his modern, forward-thinking approach, which many speculated would be difficult to reconcile with Dior’s midcentury heritage and strongly feminine identity. As it turns out, Raf did a pretty bang-up job.
Michael Kors is as traditional and classic a purveyor of American sportswear as you’ll ever find, so when even he is exploring modernism, you know it’s genuinely where the industry is headed. Kors is world-famous for his timeless, wearable separates and sleek evening dresses, and sleek is in fact a perfect word to describe Michael Kors Spring 2013. From striped knits to ensembles covered with digital prints of clouds and pools, the trim shapes in bold, preppy colors were clearly looking forward.
It was only last season that I attended my first Chadwick Bell show, and I felt like I found a little slice of heaven. While his shows are not absurdly packed – they’re shown in the intimate Studio setting at Lincoln Center – the entire vibe feels like you are going on a journey together. Perhaps coincidentally, Chadwick Bell Spring 2013 was all about a journey, or a “discovery;” for the lady who wears Chadwick Bell was looking to find herself.
Kate Spade has done such a stellar job branding itself that when you go to one of its presentations, you know approximately what to expect: bright colors, unrelenting girlishness and just a little dash of sass. The brand’s signature style of femininity lends itself well to retro references, especially those from the tailored, full-skirted American midcentury, where life was supposed to be just as idyllic as it is inside a Kate Spade window display.
Bottega Veneta isn’t one of the big, splashy, blockbuster spectacles of Milan Fashion Week to which the Italians are so preternaturally inclined, but that’s one of the things that makes me look forward to it every season all the more. During his tenure at Bottega, Tomas Maier has so expertly crafted the Bottega Veneta woman into someone who can’t be easily hemmed in by a few adjectives, as he mentioned in the run of show for Bottega Veneta Spring 2013.
I’m about to use a word to describe the handbags from Gucci Spring 2013 that I genuinely have never associated with Gucci or its bags in the past: simple. For the candy-colored clutches and petite shoulder bags that Gucci sent down the runway in Milan on Friday, the brand’s iconic horsebit hardware was back and nearly everything else was gone. Shown in two versions, Gucci’s pared-down flap bags were a notable departure for a brand know for its large, sometimes aggressive handbags.
I’ve been a bit critical about Mulberry (specifically its marketing tactics) over the past season, so believe me when I say this: the Mulberry Willow Tote may very well be the best new day bag we’ll see all season. That’s a hefty mantle to bestow before the handbag heavyweights in Milan and Paris have even finished styling their runway looks, and I may yet be proved wrong, but the the big bag reveal of the Mulberry Spring 2013 show might just be good enough to go the distance.
Before I had ever attended one of Oscar de la Renta’s shows, I never thought the designer’s wares would speak to me. As it turns out, that could not be further from the truth – Oscar’s offerings are so drop-dead stunning that I have a hard time keeping myself from bolting onto the runway and taking outfits from the models bodies look by look.