Trend Alert: Chic Running Sneaks

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Are you looking for a facelift, of sorts, to your running sneakers? Well, look no further. As of late, running sneaks with an edge seem to be the go-to shoe for anyone looking to add a little bit of flair to their daily look.  From neons, prints/patterns, and different textures and fabrications, running sneakers have gotten the fashion-forward makeover it’s been waiting for! Perfect for men and women, running sneakers are hitting their stride this season with no signs of slowing down.

Ruffian Spring 2013

Ruffian Spring 2013

The mixing of sport elements into everyday wear began a few seasons ago, ending up in the wardrobe of sneaker aficionados. This trend has now caught traction on a commercial scale. The concept began with designers pulling inspiration from clothes that would be traditionally worn to the gym or reserved for outdoor activities. Caps, hoodies, sweatshirts, and sport pants have gotten modified to appeal to a more fashion-focused consumer. With the introduction of Isabel Marant’s wedged sneakers to the runways a few seasons ago, as well as looks from Ruffian’s spring 2013 collection, it has become trendy for fashionistas to add a more casual but rugged edge to their usually glammed up look.

Style-It girl of the moment, Solange Knowles was recently tapped to bring her brand of funk, flair, and fun to Puma as she was named art director and creative consultant for the shoe brand. With Solange Knowles solidly in step with this re-invention of the running sneak, this trend will amp up into overdrive! Now take a look at some of Fashion Reverie’s favorite styles of running shoes:


Topman leopard-print sneakers retail for $100. Image courtesy of top

Hype Leopard Print Sneakers Via TOPMAN

TopMan features these cool, leopard-printed running sneakers in their stores and online. From the orange laces to the vibrant in-your-face leopard print, these sneakers will bring out your inner hipster, giving you style with ease.


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Nike Flyknit Trainer+

These multi-colored Flyknit trainers by Nike are the perfect blend of style mixed with sport! Doubling as a top of the line running shoe, they can be worked easily into any stylish young woman’s wardrobe! From the gym to a day of shopping with your friends, this shoe is the best of both worlds.

Nike Air Max 2014 iD retails for $220.00. Image courtesy of

Nike Air Max 2014 iD retails for $220.00. Image courtesy of

Nike Air Max 2014 iD

What makes the Nike Air Max a cool sneaker choice? Not only does Nike have them in awesome, glow-in-the-dark neon colors, but consumers can color customize their choices online! The personalization of this sneaker makes it an obvious winner for anyone looking to bring their own style to the streets.

Adidas by Stella McCartney retails for $220.00. Image courtesy of

Adidas by Stella McCartney retails for
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Adidas by Stella McCartney

Featuring a textbook-print style, these running sneaks from Stella McCartney are a chic step in the right direction. Comfortable, stylish, and durable, what more could a girl ask for?

Valentiono Garavani Sneaker Hers:$ retails for 795.00. Image courtesy of

Valentiono Garavani Sneaker
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Valentino Garavani Sneaker

In step with this trend, Valentino Garavani have created his and hers camouflaged-inspired sneakers. While the woman’s sneaker features traces of on-trend, neon-colored leathers; the men’s sneaks goes for a subtle, yet colorful approach. By purchasing these sneaks, consumers will feel like they are stepping in style!

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PUMA x Solange Knowles

When it was announced that Solange Knowles had been tapped to be the new art director and creative consultant at Puma, the blogosphere lit up like the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Everyone wanted to know what the shoes would look like and when they would arrive in stores.  Well, the much-anticipated arrival is February 2014 and surprisingly for Puma, the product of his collaborative effort is relatively affordable.

The collection, “Girls of Blaze,” is inspired by Brazil.  Solange worked with three different design teams to get just the right look for her Puma debut. These are a must-have for any young fashionista wanting to bring a little bit of South American spice to their shoe collection.

—John Woody

Trend Alert: Hardware Accessories

Collages178If you are anything like a lot of fashion-conscious consumers, you are in the know and on the pulse of all things fashion, (so at least you think), you probably have been noticing a lot of metal-adorning coats, belts, shoes and purses. Drumroll please … Welcome to the Hardware Trend!


From Diane Von Furstenberg to Emilio Pucci to Ruthie Davis to Tom Ford, designers have incorporated this trend into their latest collections. The Hardware Trend for the edgy, chic girl has everyone taking notice. Guess what? It’s not just for the rock n’ roll or punk chic girl anymore. Paired with a sweetheart ensemble this trend is burning up the runway and sidewalks. You ask how can you incorporate this trend into you classic wardrobe without investing a whole lot of dollars. Why dig into deep pockets when a trend that is here today and gone tomorrow? (I highly doubt that the hardware trend is going away soon!!).  If you don’t have deep pockets, your solution is Accessories, Accessories, and more Accessories!!

Downloads89Here are a few creative ideas on how to get what you want right now. First, scour your favorite local stores for purses, shoes and jewelry that have metal buckles, zippers, and studs. Secondly, have a themed clothing exchange with your favorite fashionistas in the know specifically asking for them to bring these types of items. Last, if all else fails, save your money for the one hardware-trend piece that you can’t live without. Even if this trend goes out of style, so what, you love it! Just hold on to it for when it comes back around.

—Renessta Olds

Trend Alert: Fierce Cat Eyes

Fashion_News_Alert_October29Clothes weren’t the only things setting new trends this past Fashion Week. For Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, many designers opted for a look with a little more dramatic flare for the runway. From Tory Burch, Kenzo, and Kate Spade, fierce cat eyes was the beauty trend for spring 2014. Fashion Reverie sat down with celebrity make-up artist, Jackie Gomez for great tips on how to rock this chic trend for your everyday look. With fashionable, star-studded clients ranging from the Beyonce to Victoria’s Secret Angels’ Marissa Miller and Candice Swanepoel, Jackie Gomez is the go-to woman for a fierce set of cat eyes that will get you noticed and stop admirers dead in their tracks.

Fashion Reverie: What are your thoughts on the Cat Eye trend? Have you created it for any of your celebrity clients?

Jackie Gomez: Absolutely, it’s what I’m most known for. I have created this look for Beyonce, Zoe Saldana, Lala Vasquez, and Solange Knowles.

Images clockwise are Zoe Zaldana, Beyonce, Lala Vasquez.

Images clockwise are Zoe Zaldana, Beyonce, Lala Vasquez.

FR: What are some great DIY tips you can give consumers who want to make their own products at home to prep their skin before they apply makeup?

JG: A great DIY is to take one spoon of natural honey and one spoon of avocado. Mix them together and apply to the face and neck for 10 minutes. This will rejuvenate the skin and hydrate it, making your skin perfect for makeup.

FR: What are some products you like to use when creating cat eyes?

JG: I love using Make Up For Ever aqua liner. It lasts and it waterproof, my favorite.

cat_eye_trend_05FR: How can we translate cat eyes as an everyday look and a night-out-on-the-town look?

JG: The fun thing about makeup is to play with colors. These runways looks are simple because they add color to the eyes. I recommend concentrating on one feature whether it’s the eyes or lips. Have fun and play it up. For the fall, keep dark plum shades in mind for the lips and a simple neutral eye. This could be a great night look but for the day do a color liner. Try a more natural approach like a bronze or a grey and definitely keep the lips soft and pink.

FR: How do we complete our smoky cat eye look?

JG: Add a coral blush. I love Cargo cosmetics. Try beach blush, it’s the perfect coral with a mix of bronzer. Finish with a beautiful lip color like Nars cosmetics in Biscayne Park satin lip pencil.

You can find these all these beauty items and more at your local beauty supplier or local drug store. Will you be rocking some fierce eyes this fall?

—Dana Givens

Trend Report: Punk Chic for Fall 2013

Search results for givenchyTaking a nod from the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s “From Punk to Chaos” exhibit which opens on May 6, fashion weeks from New York City to London to Milan and Paris in bold statements announced that Punk is back. Gone are the torn tee-shirts, shirts with cigarette burns, safety pins and dirty street urchin references that British designers like Zandra Rhodes and Vivienne Westwood so brightly transferred from the street to runways in the late 1970s and early 80s. This season the nihilistic and rebellious mode of 70s Punk has been caressed into points of view that combine hard and soft, messages of chic individualism and polish, and architectural brilliance juxtaposed against seemingly random compositions. All these polarities have caused consumers to look at the Punk aesthetic in vibrant and innovative ways.

Borne out of political and cultural rebellion against societal norms and oppressive governments, Punk first reared its anarchistic head in New York City in the mid-70s, later spreading to London, and is sometimes associated as an anti-establishment aesthetic in opposition to the austere politics of Margaret Thatcher. Still, the political oeuvre of the Punk aesthetic did not rest  with political protests and outrage, Punk has expanded to embrace an amalgam of expressions in music, dance, theatre, and yes, even fashion.

Downloads354Vivienne Tam

Vivienne Tam mixed images of President Obama, Chairman Mao with asymmetrical zippered skirts and motorcycle jackets. Aptly timed with the Costume Institute’s punk exploration, Tam combined mixed media, color and texture, hardware and street wear, and politics, which is what Punk in its early development, so expertly did. What Tam has forwarded with this collection is smoothing out some of the edges without losing the internal political roots and expressions of Punk.

Downloads356Junya Watanabe

Of all the designers this season that referenced Punk in their collections, Watanabe borrowed most heavily from that aesthetic and stayed true to that point of view without attempting to make Punk’s rough, ragged road smooth. Watanabe incorporated tartan plaids, throwaway fabrics that one might find at a thrift store paired with leather jackets and denim. This hodgepodge of disparate fabrics, textures and silhouettes is indicative of what Punk in its heyday had come to represent. And though Watanabe put his own signature stamp of approval of this season’s fascination with Punk, he keeps the aesthetic fresh and vibrant without watering down the schizoid appeal of Punk.


Donatella Versace has long had an affectation for rock n’ roll and ingeniously funnels her love for rock into collections that are sexy and sensuously flatter the feminine silhouette. This collection was no exception.

For fall 2013, Donatella looked to Punk’s sexy-edged fetish aesthetic as evidenced in some of the vinyl pieces in this collection. Still, Donatella didn’t leave her Punk predilection with just vinyl. Donatella brilliantly mixed the hard and the soft by pairing vinyl, studded belts and boots with structured cashmere and leopard coats. This polarity elevated the Punk of yore to Donatella’s current dissertation on Punk’s ability to be sexy, sophisticated and ever fashion-forward.


Though Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy’s fall 2013 collection took more of a nod toward Grunge than Punk, and may have been a mere dalliance or toe dip into Punk’s pool of nihilism and individuality, the Punk aesthetic was still evident. Punk reared its rebellious head in Tisci’s zippered floral motorcycle jackets and plaid shirts, but was more obvious in Tisci’s almost random combination of fabrications, textures, and styles. After all, Punk has always been a smorgasbord tour de force of individual styles and tastes, and Tisci in this collection tapped into that perspective.

Downloads351Jeremy Scott and Libertine

Back stateside, Jeremy Scott tapped into the whimsical, fun side of Punk as seen through the prism of West Coast surfers, skateboarders, and LA punk clubs. This collection was a concentrated miasma of graphic images, bold colors and textures. Scott’s genius was his pairing of hard and soft fabrics and textures. Standouts were his monkey-hair coat with a plaid skirt and digital goth prints combined with sexy vinyl jeans.

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Unlike Jeremy Scott’s fall 2013 outing, Libertine’s Punk reference this season was not front and center. Skull and bones graphic images mostly popped on tee shirts and a few dresses. Libertine chose to incorporate the Punk influence into handwritten messages on jackets and skirts. Punk was never neat, but Libertine’s handwritten “Neat” message implies that, perhaps, Punk can be neat when its message is hand painted on a tailored jacket and slacks.

—William S. Gooch


Spring 2013 Trend Report: High Stepping in High-Fashion Sneakers

Though sleigh bells, stuffed stockings and gifts in shiny wrapping may be on the minds of holiday shoppers, in a just few months retail stores will be packed solid with all types of spring footwear. With that thought in mind there was a noticeable continuing trend on runways during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week that made models a little less tall.

High-fashion sneakers have been featured on the fabulous catwalks of Marc Jacobs and Lanvin for the spring 2013 season. High-end designers Giuseppe Zanotti, Givenchy, Prada, Isabel Marant, and Jeremy Scott also have reinvented this normal causal wear item into cutting-edge, high-end footwear with innovative designs with contrasting themes of glamour and edgy fashion. Alexander McQueen also gives a creative interpretation of the perfect high-end footwear with an exclusive collection collaboration with sneaker giant, Puma.

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Unlike the plain, standard fare simply used for the gym or the more rugged-edged footwear collections of athletic superstars, for spring 2013 high-fashion designer continue to combine a more glamorous approach with comfort and ease. Expect to see more sneakers with wedged heels, knockout studs, neon bright colors, and lavish high top dipped in metallic shades.

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Now that that some of the runway amazons have traded in their Jimmy Choos and Blahnik stilettoes for trendy sneaks, will fashion-conscious consumers follow suit? And don’t be left out in the cold by waiting for the pile-up this spring. Remember, the fashion bird is always ahead of the curve.

Mark Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and Isabel Marant spring 2013 images courtesy of

All styles can be found in exclusive fashion-forward departments stores like Nordstrom, Barney’s, and Bergdorf Goodman just in time for the holiday season.

–Dana E. Givens

A Favorite Winter Escape: Leopard Prints

When the winter chill begins to hit Gotham, our natural tendency is to begin not only bundling up, but also hibernating.  And with thoughts of hibernating, some of us also begin, if we’re lucky, planning our winter escapes (on which our minds rest until we’re off on the runway or it’s safe to pack away the woolens).  For this reason, leopard prints have always been a favorite for the wintry months.

Leopard prints on fur (and faux-fur) and accessories, when done right, is a classic way to add animal magnetism while maintaining fashion-forward sophistication, during the season when showing “skin” in the great outdoors could mean risking a visit to the hospital with pneumonia.  When we would rather throw on a robe and comforter than a parka, leopard-prints can somehow rouse up a bit of excitement and audacity to venture on that first date or holiday party.  Perhaps through association, as soon as we put on that leopard print, there is a rush of adrenaline, danger—an allusion to or illusion of something wild and hot.

As with prints in general, the key with leopard prints is not overkill.  Leopard can be most alluring, as part of an outfit, when it sneaks upon us subtly, then takes us prey.  Here are some exquisite examples:

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In fashion, animal prints have become almost synonymous with Roberto Cavalli.  In his JustCavalli Collection, Cavalli pairs a leopard-printed fur bolero with fox trim with red garments of different textures.  The leopard print pops against the red, making the red ever more daring.

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In the winter 2012 JustCavalli Collection, Robert Cavalli goes for bold, large leopard prints on a long, slim knit top with contrasting black inner sleeves, and pairs it with a full, rich, black, flowing skirt to create a youthful, yet sophisticated look.

Ruched and clasped at the waist, this hybrid leopard-zebra form-fitting dress by Roberto Cavalli is a killer.

Roberto Cavalli Short Jersey Dress, $876

This charmeuse, ruffled, asymmetric dress by Italian designer Giambattista Valli is a softer, yet still exotic take.  Flowing and abundant ruffles become cinched at the waist, which drops into an elegant pencil skirt.

Giambattista Valli Leopard-Print Charmeuse Dress, $2995

While we may be daydreaming of that exotic vacation, leopard prints can also work in the office or that first dinner with the future in-laws.  This snow- leopard print on Yves Saint Laurent silk tie-neck blouse creates subtle texture and refined intrigue.

Yves Saint Laurent Leopard-Print Tie-Neck Blouse, $1750. Image courtesy of

With exquisite pleating, this shimmery J. Mendel gown can turn a maiden into a golden goddess on the red carpet or at a  holiday ball.  The subtly contrasting shades on the leopard print blends into the pleats, never distracting from the intricate construction.

J. Mendel Leopard Satin Devore Gown, $4490

This woven silk velvet coat by Chado Ralph Rucci is sure to make a grand entrance anywhere.  The only problem is … taking it off.

Chado Ralph Rucci winter 2012 image courtesy of

—Jeanine Jeo Hi-Kim







Fall/Winter 2013 Bridal Report

 Trendspotting in bridal fashion can be a tricky business indeed.

The bridal market is vast to put it mildly. Even within one line, there is a decided effort to present a little bit of something for seemingly every woman, the better to retain a customer whose heart may be set on a certain look, fashion mores be damned. While there seems to be a trend towards gowns with just a hint of beading or none at all, an equal number of gowns could be found up and down the designer spectrum with enough dazzling beading to seemingly light up the entire city of New York.

Similarly, the colored wedding gown trend has slowed down considerably this season though these pale peach, blue and pink confections could still be seen here and there. As one sales representative of a higher end line explained, most brides said they just couldn’t see themselves wearing a colored gown, and salons clamored for versions in traditional white or cream. Cocktail-length and mini dress styles also continued to pop up here and there throughout the collections, though not in the numbers that would suggest a true, overall trend.

Rafael Cennamo fall 2013 bridal images courtesy of, photographed by John Aquino

Yet another wrinkle in bridal gown trends lies in the nature of an industry in which styles shown now are kept in production for a couple of years, and often longer for bestselling styles.That longevity of styles is perpetuated by the unique timing of weddings—items seen on the runways now will only begin to appear in bridal salons next year (these were the fall/winter 2013 collections) for weddings that may be as much of another year down the road, say in 2014 or later. And, no doubt, some of those in the bridal parties or guest lists of those 2014 nuptials will eye a trend or a gown for their own wedding which may be a year or two away.

The phenomenon in bridal helps to explain why for so many years the most popular bridal silhouette has been the strapless A-Line‒sweetheart or straight, cream or white, bedazzled or lightly beaded. Despite the many variations on the theme, the basic strapless A-Line has quietly ruled the American bridal runway for years now.

Ever so gradually, though, new trends are emerging. Here’s a look at some of the most dominant:

New silhouette

After decades at the top, the strapless A-line silhouette may be about to cede its position at the top of the bridal fashion world. The new star: the fit and flare, a gown that skims the body to mid-thigh and then fans out. There are some variations to this theme including more exaggerated mermaid styles (fitted to the knee with a more dramatic pouf of skirt), modified fit and flare styles with are less fitted through the hips. But there’s no doubt that the fit and flare now rules the bridal fashion runway.

Victoria Nicole and Maggie Sottero fall bridal 2013 images, respectively by Ernest Green

Neckline styles varied with sleeveless styles seeming to now rival strapless designs as the most popular neckline. Bateau necklines and surprise back details included beaded spines also were seen in a number of collections.

Waist details have also been a relatively new trend with many gowns now featuring a wide ribbon around the waist or a beaded band. Indeed one group of vendors focused exclusively on beaded waistbands, their heavy traffic offering proof of the popularity of that trend.

Of course, for those still craving a more “traditional” look, designers are certainly still offering plenty of strapless A-Line gowns as well as ballgowns. But, even here in the traditional silhouettes, there were some interesting twists. Ann Barge, for example, offered her brides a two-for-one option—a fit and flare gown with a detachable tulle ballgown overskirt that opened in the front to reveal the skirt of the gown.

Jesus Peiro, Melanie Harris, and Cymbelline fall 2013 bridal images respectively by Ernest Green

High fashion influence

In regular fashion, the fact that an increasing number of designers are going their own way and ignoring trends, is not groundbreaking news. But in bridal, the fact that so many fashion designers are now doing bridal and in their own distinctive way, is indeed newsworthy. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that many designers studiously avoided bridal because the feeling was that bridal, though certainly lucrative, did not carry the same cache in the fashion world.

The overwhelming success in fashion of designers who sprang out of the bridal world like Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier and Reem Acra, has certainly helped bridge the gap between the fashion and bridal worlds. This season saw fashion-based, ready-to-wear designers, from Rafael Cennamo and Nicole Miller to Douglas Hannant and Badgley Mischka continue to push the envelope in terms of how fashionable bridal can be.

In many cases, these were bridal lines that offered a wide variety of options (including some more traditional visions) but with an overall emphasis on providing women with something different, perhaps more evening gown than bridal gown in some cases.

Cennamo, for example, offered a series of gowns including some that were truly red carpet worthy such as a long sleeved pearl encrusted sheath gown, and a Flapper-esque gown draped with rows of glass beads. “I thought I could have a different point of view and try to offer something more fashion forward,” Cennamo said of his three-year‒old bridal line.

Modern modesty

From sleeves of varying lengths to illusion bodices that cover the chest in a sheer layer of fabric, bridal lines at all price points, are offering brides more options to cover up. Some credit the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Others said the trend is the influence of Hollywood stars such as Anne Hathaway who have opted for more covered styles. And some sales representatives said the trend reflected brides’ requests to be more covered up for comfort reasons. Whatever the reason, the trend is undeniable with almost every line showing at least one gown with an illusion bodice.

Sleeves, though less popular than the illusion bodice, also appeared quite frequently, sometimes in combination with illusion bodices, with designers employing everything from lace to beaded illusion.

Jesus Peiro bridal fall 2013 images courtesy of Ernest Green


There was a time not too long ago when only a smattering of designers such as Claire Pettibone and offered full lace gowns. Now, thanks perhaps to the Kate Middleton-effect, lace gowns have become one of the hottest trends in bridal.

Some lines offered interesting twists to the trend such as Anne Barge who offered an ombre lace gown that graduated from dark blush at the bottom to a very pale cream at the top.  Eva Milady celebrated the art of vintage lace. Justin Alexander featured gowns bursting with delicate lace appliqués.

—Karyn D. Collins


Trend Alert: Peplum for Spring/Summer 2013

So many ideas originated with the Greeks. Democracies, philosophy, the Pythagorean Theorem—though some infer that the roots of these mathematical equations came from Egypt—and even pizza. The Greeks also has the first crack at one of the continuing trends for spring/summer 2013, peplum.

In ancient Greece peplum could be anything from a woman’s loose outer tunic to a shawl. And though the look and silhouette of peplum has changed throughout the ages, for the most part the peplum silhouette has consistently given women that instant hourglass shape.

The peplum silhouette of the 1860s is not that far removed from silhouette seen on modern runways. Though it was not attached at the waist, the 1860s peplum did have an extra overskirt and flounce.

Peplum 1940s

The modern peplum silhouette became very popular in the 1940s, helped by film icon Lauren Bacall in her first film, To Have and Have Not. In 1944 costume designer Milo Anderson outfitted Bacall in a checkered peplum suit that served as Bacall’s main outfit throughout the film. Soon after, peplum began popping up in film and on Parisian runways.

Lauren Bacall in “To Have or Have Not”

Peplum was peeped a plenty by fashion pundits during fall/winter 2012 presentations. (Hmm, that’s a tongue twister.) And for spring/summer 2013 several designers continued the peplum trend in their collections. Though the peplum silhouette has not strayed dramatically from its 1940s re-introduction, in this current incarnation, designers have found innovative ways to incorporate the peplum motif that will keep fashion-conscious consumers begging for more.

Monique Lhuillier spring/summer 2013. Images courtesy of

For spring/summer 2013 Monique Lhuillier was inspired by water and aquatic life. Lhuillier also employed the mermaid/water nymph motif in this collection which served the peplum motif well. Imagine water nymphs with extra fins around the waist and hip area. Instead of a ruffled peplum with flounce and movement, Lhuillier’s peplum was more static and architectural, but still flattering to the hip area. Though many industry trend predictors contend that designers should only include a few peplums looks in their collection, Lhuillier decided to counter this advice and include several peplum pieces in this outing. And matched with her aquatic inspiration, this decision was a win win.

Nicole Miller spring/summer 2013. Images courtesy of

Nicole Miller, in her quest to revitalize her brand, attempted to find a balance edgy chic seen through the lens of youthful vitality. Instead of incorporating the more sophisticated uses of peplum, Miller went for dropped-waist peplum with flounce or pairing peplum with tribal prints or peplum peeping under edgy, biker jackets. And it worked.

Falguni & Shane Peacock spring/summer 2013. Images courtesy of Ernest Green

Known for rocker glam chic, Falguni & Shane Peacock’s spring/summer 2013 collection was a combination or space-age rockstar meets cypher couture. Falguni & Shane Peacock expertly combined their digital prints and metallic fabrications with modern peplum silhouettes. And like Lhuillier, their peplums were more fashion-forward and architectural than classically feminine.

Kristi Vosbeck spring/summer images courtesy of Adrianna Favero

Emerging designer Kristi Vosbeck has also picked up the peplum silhouette for her spring/summer 2013 collection, evidenced in three looks. Though Vosbeck’s peplum dresses are reminiscent of the 1940s silhouettes, by marrying peplum with the continuing trend of animal prints, Vosbeck elevates her looks from just an homage to the 40s peplum to garments that lots of women will want in their spring/summer wardrobe.

Dries Van Noten spring/summer 2013 images courtesy of

European runways also continued the peplum trend this season. Dries Van Noten mixed a few peplum looks into their Kurt Cobain/grunge‒inspired collection. Dries Van Noten brilliantly combined the hard and the soft, the masculine and the feminine is this spring/summer outing. A plaid jacket with a peplum flounce paired with a floral silk organza skirt distilled Dries Van Noten’s hard/soft polarity. While floral-embellished peplum jackets with plaid masculine, knee-shorts forwarded the androgynous aesthetic.  And Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen used the peplum silhouette as an opportunity to express the honeycomb motif seen throughout the collection.

Alexander McQueen spring/summer 2013 images courtesy of

Whether the peplum silhouette embraces a futuristic slant or revels in classic sophistication, for spring/summer 2013 it is a far cry from what the Greeks had in mind. And for fashion, which is always moving forward,  that is a good thing!!

—William S. Gooch



Men’s Trend Report: Fall 2012’s Color Explosion

Moving from one season to the next, we expect something fresh and different from the fashion industry. However, the most sought after trend this season is consistency of color. Every season fashion-hungry consumers need their senses and wardrobes stimulated by collections that are fresh, innovative and push the proverbial fashion envelope. For fall 2012 menswear designers continue to incorporate lots of color and texture, a carryover from spring 2012. From John Varvatos to the always sexy DSquared2 to growing consumer favorite Moncler, men’s outerwear designers are eschewing the neutral color palettes usually associated with fall/winter collections for vibrant, bold color.

Images courtesy of Stephen Mikhail

Emerging designer Stephen Mikhail confesses he found his inspiration for his unique fall men’s jackets in “romance and imagination.”  Gunmetal and ostrich highlight the designer’s bold collection. Fitting nicely into his fall/winter 2012-2013 line is a purple swakara and lambskin jacket that transitions beautifully between day and night, marked at $6,500. Mikhail asserts that his quality created the gunmetal jacket, which is made with ostrich leather, and black aged goatskin trim, priced at $7,500, and for the quality of the one-of-a-kind pieces, Mikhail says, “this is a bargain.”

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Canada’s favorite twins, Dean and Dan Caten of the international fashion house Dsquared2 have created an appealing collection for men this fall that is an interesting mix of color, texture, and masculine ease. Dean and Dan put their talents to work when they created this season’s bouclé coat with strapped cuffs and button closing, selling for $2,175. Their choice in fabric (bouclé) has such an amazing texture that it creates a warmth to match its striking fall orange coloring. Also included in their winter line is an olive button close coat with a fur-lined hood. In more ways than one, fall/winter will be just as warm as spring/summer.  

General Idea’s fall/winter 2012 images courtesy of

Bumsuk Choi of General Idea looked to the `68 Grenoble Winter Olympics for inspiration for his fall/winter 2012 collection. Combining the athleticism of winter outdoor sportswear with current street fashion, Choi successfully blended these disparate points of view into a colorful collection that mixed in the continuing trends of colorblocking and variations on traditional silhouettes. Choi contemporized this collection by employing quilted fabrications with bold colors and creating varsity jackets with toggle buttons. This very accessible collection expands to a wider age demographic than some previous collections.

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Moncler, the go-to brand for parkas, was in league with General Idea and many other iconic men’s brands this season as it infused bold color into its Gamme Bleu collection. Creative director Thom Browne looked to auto racing for inspiration for its 2012 collection. Padded and quilted jackets and volume-induced coats in a variety of colors was the order of the day in this outing. Though the brands outerwear runs upward of $1200, the fashion-forward sensibility and innovative construction makes Moncler definitely worth the price.

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John Varvatos never leaves his beloved NYC far behind. For fall 2012, Varvatos looked to street fashion and the way an urban man wants to dress for inspiration. From curly-haired shearlings to more tailored jackets and coats, Varvatos went against the grain this season and stayed with the neutral palettes of asphalt and subway gray. Still, Varvatos’ point of view is so relevant that no compendium on men’s outerwear for fall 2012 would be complete without him.

 —William S. Gooch

 —Researched by Eric Arnold



Trend Alert: Leather Here, Leather There, Leather Everywhere

Maison Martin Margiela, Donna Karan, Diane Von Furstenberg fall 2012 images courtesy of

Leather never seems to be out of style.  But instead of employing leather in mostly boots, bags and outerwear, for fall 2012 designers have a penchant for using leather in dresses, skirts and as an embellishment to the continuing trends of color, sequins and diaphanous fabrics. Also, for fall 2012 designers are combining leather with more classic silhouettes paying homage to the 50s demure aesthetic and Great Gatsby‒inspired looks. The rock n’ roll, leather looks seen in spring 2012 collections have taken a backseat to a more sophisticated, though sometimes kittenish points of view for fall 2012 outings.

Cynthia Rowley for fall 2012 combined kaleidoscopes of colored leather paired with interesting layering. Rowley adeptly mixed and matched loose-fitting leather separates with more form-fitting tops, leggings and skirts. And instead of the usual muted and neutral palettes seen in most fall collections, Rowley expressed her predilection this season for leather in explosion of color that expanded across a huge color spectrum.

Monique Lhuillier fall/winter 2012 images courtesy of

Monique Lhuillier looked to volcanic rock and molten lava for inspiration for her fall/winter 2012 collection. Lhuillier incorporated a 50’s aesthetic which blended vibrantly in red leather dresses with full skirts.

Tom Ford fall/winter 2012 images courtesy of

There were lots of references in Tom Ford’s fall/winter 2012 collection; think back to Tom Ford’s tenure at Gucci and Bond girl references. Though Ford stayed within the palette of hot red and black, Ford continues to forward the sexy leather revolution this season.

Diane Von Furstenberg fall/winter 2012 images courtesy of

Lastly, Diane Von Furstenberg did not spare leather combinations in her bold, colorful, sophisticated collection. From shiny, colorful wrap coats to wide leather belts to flapper-inspired skirts, Furstenberg more than any other designer this season successfully married leather with the myriad of continuing trends.


—William S. Gooch


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