Yes, Spring is a time for more youthful looks and colorful frocks – and while Miranda Priestly thinks florals for spring is groundbreaking, there was no shortage of these dainty prints on the runways.
However, it’s the quirky-girl sort of style that really got us quite excited for Spring 2013. Yes, there were lots of elegant dresses, and flowy, luxurious ensembles that are bound to set the trends next year – but we can’t help but smile and get giddy at all the oddball fashion we saw. Zooey Deschanel will be totes happy.
Photo: New York Fashion Week, compiled from vogue.co.uk
At New York Fashion Week, we saw prints, prints and more prints – and we’ll see more as the other fashion weeks rolled on. At Karen Walker, we saw cute white polka dots on a short periwinkle one-piece dress under a sheer nude sweater – paired with a buckled, natural hat and penny loafers. Ruffian was all pink punk with a pinstriped sports coat, short skirt and bubblegum chucks. Of course, we can’t talk about quirk without Betsey Johnson (who celebrated her 70th anniversary with a bang amidst her shocking filing of bankruptcy – you go girl!). Meanwhile, Marc Jacobs gave us a familiar face by the name of Mickey. Yup, I think we let out a squeal when we saw that cropped number!
Photo: London Fashion Week, compiled from vogue.co.uk
London Fashion Week gave us Kinder Aggugini, deliverin’ some country lovin’ with a jumper dress adorned with dainty swallows and flowers, worn mismatched over a blue gingham short-sleeved button down (mismatch prints really are a big trend this season). But it’s Mary Katrantzou, Queen of Prints, that really had us quite hooked on this ideosyncratic takeover – with prints inspired by postage stamps. Really, you can’t get any quirkier than that.
Photo: Milan Fashion Week, compiled from vogue.co.uk
…Or could we?
At Milan Fashion Week, Versace was still all sexy with a short, belted orange number, but when inspected closely, reveals wrinkles and patterned slits – a rather DIY twist that gives it a sort of artsy feel. Bottega Venetta and Prada both gave us simplistic floral prints with a hint of librarian chic; the former giving us a more conservative nude one-piece, while the latter a bit more daring with hot pants and lots of texture (and did we mention Prada had absolutely adorable boxy handbags and thick-rimmed specs that had similar minimalist floral prints? LOVE.) Then there’s Moschino, which took the 60′s Vespa and turned it into absolutely lovely pieces – a totally fun, flirty and youthful way to revitalize a queer retro icon. All their accessories were all kitschy-cute (rounded white-framed sunglasses, biker-helmet sort of hats), but it was all the large stripey goodness – a recurring trend this season – that really stood out.
Photo: Paris Fashion Week, compiled from vogue.co.uk
Finally, Paris Fashion Week. Keeping up with librarian chic is Rochas, with a slinky mid-length ensemble, clean and textured, belted for a curvier silhouette but keeping its demureness with a crisp white collar and bag. The white-framed sunnies and flat lace-ups add that trendy quirk. Rick Owens, on the other hand, gave us a more caricatured look – with geometric hair (which kinda reminds us of exaggerated Rei Kawakubo hair, to be honest) paired with a loose, shapeless top and a floor-length sheer skirt, this look has peculiarly pretty written all over it.
Spring is all about rebirth, they say. With September marking the new year of fashion, this new slew of looks lined up for 2013 seems to have declared fashion’s new muse: give those sky-high heels and constricting silhouettes a break and embrace your inner quirky girl with a rad pair of sneaks, mismatched prints a whole lot of attitude.