Infocus – Photographed on location in the northern Italy town of San Pellegrino, the spring 2013-2014 campaign from Christopher Esber gets its backdrop. The campaign stars British model Lara Mullen who was photographed by Holly Blake at the Art Nouveau Casinò. Esber’s soft tailoring and minimal aesthetic styled by Leticia Dare shines in the relaxed images. / Makeup by Natasha Severino, Hair by Fatima Levitt
The Power of Dress – Lara Mullen rocks all the trapping of 80s style; including teased hair, strong shoulders and bulky jewelry for the fall cover of Germany’s Tush Magazine. Lara was photographed by Armin Morbach with styling by Ingo Nahrwold for the new issue.
Metropolis – Inspired by Fritz Lang’s classic silent film Metropolis, the Adidas SLVR campaign for fall 2012 enlists photographer Willy Vanderperre and stylist Jay Massacret for a series of modern images showcasing the sporty styles. Lara Mullen stars alongside male models Carlos Peters and Yannick Mantele in front of wood-carved buildings. The sleek and architectural silhouettes offer a contemporary feeling to the classic background. / Art direction by Pietsch Lim
Vionnet’s Resort Vision – Resort 2013 marks the first pre-spring collection from Vionnet designers Barbara and Lucia Croce. And as the two sisters move forward with their vision for the brand, they look towards the label’s DNA for inspiration. Founder Madeleine Vionnet’s Intarsio techniques can be seen in the resort collection with Grecian style dresses and drapey fabrics of double silk georgette, techno-cady and silk jersey on full display. The transitional season offers suit jackets, jumpers and crêpe de chine outerwear for a focus on daywear looks. The Croces also embrace color with floral prints and gradient patterns in delightful shades of lilac, blush, tangerine and orchid pink.
Keeping it Simple – Sonia Rykiel creative director April Crichton created a pared down showing of sophisticated knitwear and suiting for the label’s fall 2012 collection presented during Paris Fashion Week. Using a muted color palette of pewter, ash grey, black and sherbet, the Rykiel woman embraces mix and match separates for the new season with a modern edge. Asymmetrical hemlines, thin belts and cropped jackets all dominated the runway as models sported slick hair matched with headbands. A finale of mostly sheer black ensembles brought a sense of dark romanticism to the practical collection.
Ricci’s Dark Elegance – For fall 2012, Nina Ricci creative director Peter Copping delivered dark elegance with an autumn color palette of inky black, plum, burgundy and ash grey dominating the runway. Despite the gothic colors, the Ricci woman was still her ladylike self with fur embellished gloves, hourglass silhouettes and modest hemlines. Lush wool coats were matched with sheer chiffon pieces and heavy knits. Using a mix of the classic and the modern, Copping managed to give the signature Ricci sophistication a slight edge for the upcoming autumn.
Balmain’s Bejeweled Fall – Marking his second season as creative director of Balmain, French designer Olivier Rousteing look towards Fabergé eggs gave to Elizabeth Taylor as inspiration for the label’s fall 2012 collection. Balmain’s signature military inspired jackets took an elegant turn in the form of pearl and gem adorned skin-tight dresses, outerwear and velvet pants. Strong shoulders brought an androgynous edge to the ultra-sexy silhouettes in neutral hues of black, nude and mint green. Despite the classic reference, Rousteing still kept Balmain’s modern edge for the upcoming autumn with razor sharp precision.
Black on Black – Gareth Pugh delivered his signature gothic style for his namesake label’s fall 2012 collection presented during Paris Fashion Week. Pugh ditched last season’s bondage inspired shapes for more tribal designs complete with fringe dresses, leather outerwear and fur embellishments. High necklines, some of which that even cover the face, were matched with thin headbands, clunky boots and winged shoulders in all black and grey for the new season. Whether donning zipped up capes or shaggy coats, the Pugh woman knows how to bundle up for the upcoming winter.
Dries’ Eastern Fall – For fall 2012, Dries Van Noten embraced an Asian inspired outing with lush coats, tailored suiting and patterned jackets influenced by designs in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The Van Noten woman takes her trip to the East with streamlined silhouettes and dragon or floral prints matched with fur adorned parkas. The Belgian designer’s distinct menswear influence loosened at times, providing delicate dresses and skirts in kaleidoscopic hues of citrus orange, turquoise, jade and ivory. Despite using a well-established theme, Van Noten brought something fresh and distinctly modern to the upcoming autumn.
Cavalli’s Sumptuous Fall – Roberto Cavalli presented a sumptuous fall 2012 collection made of pure glamour for the final day of Milan Fashion Week. Cavalli’s vision of autumn included short dresses in jewel toned colors of emerald-green, plum, fuchsia, electric blue and burgundy. Animal prints, fur and leather gloves dominated the runway as models sported long bohemian locks matched with smokey eyes. As the show continued, Cavalli introduced maxi dresses layered underneath long overcoats. Saving the best for last, supermodel Naomi Campbell closed the show in a stunning beaded gown with a plunging neckline.