New York Fashion Fall13: Red Carpet Couture

By ALIVE Staff
In Style
With the show count hitting three digits, trend coverage is the name of the fashion week game and we’ve been craving our biannual couture fix. Channeling our inner princess/red carpet celebrity/billionaire jet-setter is a favorite pastime we’re happy to revisit, so (just for you) we lived out the dream at two gloriously fantastical Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week presentations and one awe-worthy runway show.
In Fall 2013, the couture world hones in on a delicately human silhouette, allowing for elegant embellishments to complement body-conscious designs. Sheer floor-length skirts and plunging mesh necklines were introduced by rows of intricate hand-sewn beads at Alon Livne (formerly of Alexander McQueen and Roberto Cavalli) while Rafael Cennamo took a geometric approach to 1920s glamour via his collection “21 Shades of Gold”. Cennamo toyed with cut, length and texture, balancing long with short and richly embellished with smooth, satin layers. Over sized cashmere knits replaced the traditional evening wrap, lending a sculpted, artful vibe to the designer’s dramatic collection.
Monique Lhuillier was less concerned with daylight and more apt to show off her innovative evening wear – no doubt what everyone was waiting for. The awards show connoisseur put her charming touch to nearly every classic silhouette, complementing timeless cuts with glass beads, fringe and malachite inspired prints in deep, swirling emerald – 2013’s color of the year. Lhuillier reminded us she’s not afraid of a good trend via a peplum-meets high low-meets pantsuit ensemble just begging for a red carpet appearance. Always one to keep it interesting, the celebrity favorite mixed in runway-grazing, swing gowns (complete with sheer lace sleeves) and short white frocks bordered in breezy feathers.
Needless to say, we’re more than ready to hit the Saint Louis Fashion Week red carpet this March.
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