There was a great deal of cultural infusion on the runways in 2013. Far East expressions were re-envisioned and reborn. Kimonos, in particular abounded throughout the collections, highlighting these enduring styles, so well-known to women over the centuries, for the spring. We saw several designers taking on the trend. At Uniqueness, these kimonos were the most conservative and traditional. The short skirt hemlines at Mugler seemed to answer the traditions by introducing us once again to the legs. At Prada, the look had its most modern interpretation, and a somewhat darker and more dramatic flair for the evening kimono at Vivienne Westwood. At Clements Ribeiro, long dresses blended an Asian theme into both folkloric and geometric prints and florals.
In the fall/winter collections, we embarked on a futuristic return to the 1950’s, revisited in collections by Aquilano Rimondi and Bottega Veneta. Curved and rounded shoulders, cinched waist, and the long flared out skirt; the unmistakable accents of “The New Look,” introduced for the first time in 1947 by Christian Dior. In fabric, there was leather and then more leather, the type of leather that makes you want to see even more. Polished and glossy hues in lightweight textures paired with flowing tops, highlighting a subtle yet potent look of glamour.