Yes, you can still believe that fashion is a bed of roses, but the flowers will be digitally enhanced. That was the secret behind the update of Givenchy’s hippie gypsies, where Riccardo Tisci showed us mid-calf skirts either frilled or slender and sheer. A twist of lemon sharpened Saint Laurent’s deliberately sloppy mishmash of clothes that were a Paris-LA combo. More whimsical romanticism appeared in Dior’s thin clumps of embroidered flowers, with the designer Raf Simons bringing a puritan aesthetic to prettiness.
True, there are times when you just want to show off, project your personality, and get noticed. That Tom Ford Chinese emperor coat, perhaps, with contrasting embroidered boots? Or Tom’s animal prints for prowling around? More 1980s shout-outs at Balmain, where the designer Olivier Rousteing might have been in diapers during Madonna’s early derring-dos, but he can still cut a mean sharp shoulder. Tom Ford Autumn/ Winter ’13 Dries Van Noten Autumn/ Winter ’13
Valentino Autumn/ Winter ’13
Céline Autumn/ Winter ’13
Dior Autumn/ Winter ’13