Stripped Down Spring


Python strips from Valentino and bubblegum loops from Christopher Kane

Ready to strip down for Spring? On the SS13 runways, a fistful of designers took to their scissors to slay standard notions of dress, skirt, and blouse.

At Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli killed two trendbirds with one stone, using Spring’s ubiquitous snakeskin as bold strips on an otherwise subtle, semitransparent and ultrafeminine day dress. Christopher Kane‘s unsettling (but then, what’s new?) collection featured a series of stripped and looped concoctions such as the pinky pink Möbius Strip number above. Other Kane looks featured strips of tape, which also made an appearance on Guido Palau’s hair for Alexander Wang.


Graphic strips at Lanvin and Marc Jacobs

Things got more graphic at Lanvin and Marc Jacobs, where the combination of black and white made for a stark, op-art contrast. Both Elbaz at Lanvin and Jacobs eschewed the female form for a boxier shape, relying on the modernity of the cutwork and the graphic interplay to carry their girls rather than a specific sex appeal – though of course both looks offered plenty of leg.


Shredded skirts and blouses from Julien Macdonald and Haider Ackermann

Speaking of legs, Jacobs wasn’t the only designer to shred a dress up to the thighbones. In London, Julien MacDonald pulled a similarly Basic Instinct move for his Sharon Stone-inspired collection.

And at Haider Ackermann, a stripped up blouse evoked deconstructed obi sashes, a motif that was mimicked throughout the collection with a varied array of belts and quasi “musubi” knots.

So are we ready to forsake winter’s shredding of powder for Spring’s shredding of clothing? It may be a little ways off yet, but these designers will make sure we’re ready to strip down when the time comes.


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