SPRING 2013 WOMEN’S RUNWAY TREND: Like the Boys


“Girls will be boys and boys will be girls, it’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world” sang The Kinks back in 1970 and according to this season’s R-T-W Collections, that is still the case as many designers sent trouser suits and tuxedo/Smoking looks down the runways of New York and Europe. it’s nothing new of course, women in menswear, tailored to the female form, just look at movie stars Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich who both strode around wearing trousers in the 1930s and 40s. Bianca Jagger, a major icon of the 1970s was well-known for wearing menswear, in particular a bright white suit by Yves Saint Laurent. But why was the menswear look so prevalent this season?



Marlene Dietrich



Katherine Hepburn



Bianca Jagger



YSL Le Smoking by Helmut Newton

Le Smoking

Was it an early homage to one of their own? Hedi Slimane, known for ground-breaking designs in menswear, now at the helm of Saint Laurent, creator of the ultimate in sexy menswear on women, Le Smoking? Although trousers were mostly slender or even caught at the ankle. On the other hand, jackets were varied; boxy and broad shouldered, fitted with a peplum, cropped, longer length, short over long and sleeveless, were all present.

 


Givenchy



Stella McCartney



Balenciaga



Neil Barrett



Celine

 


Christian Dior

 


Saint Laurent

 


Giambattista Valli



Lanvin

 


Costume National



Narciso Rodriguez

 


Jil Sander



Celine

 


Balenciaga



Lanvin

 


Lounge Lizards

Several designers showed takes on men’s loungewear featuring stripes, foulards and relaxed shapes.



Chloe



Haider Ackerman



Diane Von Furstenberg

 


Dries Van Noten

 


Victor/Victoria

There were many looks that mixed and matched both male and female dressing. Paul smith teamed sporty Bermuda length shorts with a slim-fit lace blouse. Dries Van Noten teamed a Smoking vest with a mid-length skirt. At Valentino, a bib-front and skinny tie on a dress and a tuxedo coat-dress at newcomer, Valentin Yudashkin.

 


Paul Smith



Dries Van Noten



Valentino



Valentin Yudashkin

 


Haider Ackerman

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 ยท Categories: Trend Analysis, Fashion, Runway
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