Are you there Christian? It’s me, Oscar!

By Preston Blackburn

“Embrace your past, but live for now.” And that is the resounding sentiment of 2013 fall Newlookfashions.  Designers borrowing from the late Christian Dior’s New Look, the reemergence of bold plaid, and the whimsical nature of dark floral all have shown their faces throughout the years. However, they each have been given new life with a beat so pulsating one has to be dead to not notice. Fashion never fails to ignite and as these trends sweep over our nation, “hide ya kids, hide ya’ wives and hide ya’ husbands” because these fall trends are taking no prisoners.

After World War II, the New Look trend created by Christian Dior was a breath of fresh air for the women who had to sacrifice fashion due to the war. With a more womanly silhouette, we began to see women embrace their curves and flaunt their personal style. As time progressed, the New Look fell in and out of fashion however, the trend was never lost. Now, Calvin Klein, Oscar De La Renta, and Porsche Designs have all taken nods from the still existent fashion house within their 2013 fall collections.  Volume has never looked so good and these designers have taken this trend to heights we’ve never seen before.


Along with the New Look, plaid is definitely taking over this season. Designers such as Prada, Stella McCartney, and Louis Vuitton have all incorporated the in-your-face trend in an array of coats, collar shirts and accessories. Extremely common in menswear, plaid has taken many forms within women’s sportswear and outerwear.  With plaid being used as a soft accent or as a polarizing eye catcher, this trend is picking up speed and becoming more of a staple in women’s closets. I had a teacher once tell me that a pair of plaid pants would never look good, but I’m excited to say, “oh how wrong she was.”

What’s a little autumn without fall floral? Romantic floral patterns have been used veryFloral frequently in the past few years, however this season; floral prints are looking a bit more awkward. Though Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, and Vera Wang decided to include floral prints within their collections, the floral designs edge closer to feeling dark and mysterious, rather than light and airy. Deep reds and dynamic black and white contrasts filter throughout their collections and give their floral prints a more haunting feel.  Flowers are no longer just for Spring and happy occasions, we’re witnessing a shift from lightness to a chilling overcast.

The New Look, plaid, and floral prints are ultimately nothing that we’ve never seen before. Consequently, this season, designers are no longer playing by the rules. As we move forward in our understanding of fashion, the old rules are no longer valid. Crossing lines and challenging everything is our only chance to keep up, because I promise you what makes sense today will be merely a corpse of an idea tomorrow.


(2013, September). Vogue.

(2013, September), Roberto Cavalli,

(2013, September), Vera Wang,

(2013, September), Oscar de la Renta,

(2013, September), Calvin Klein,

(2013, September), Prada,

(2013, September), Louis Vuitton,

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