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Fashion Week 2013: A Recap

Contributing Writer

Published: Monday, March 4, 2013

Updated: Monday, March 4, 2013 11:03

For all of the fashion junkies around the world, life has become a little like December 26…a plethora of brand new and exciting things and a touch of holiday hangover. Fashion week 2013 has come and gone internationally, leaving lots of new trends to be incorporated into everyday wear in its wake. Certain looks of 2012 will be either carried over or given a twist, but some Howard students are wishing a peaceful death on others.

“I want to see combat boots gone in 2013. I just don’t like conspicuous shoes,” said Joel Rhone, sophomore administration of justice major. 
Color wise, there’s room for a wide range across the board. However, as seen in the most recent collections of Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch and Tommy Hilfiger, color blocking has gotten a facelift. Designers are putting pieces together in the same color or the print family. Gone are the days of being too “matchy-matchy.” Wearing the same color head to toe actually streamlines the body, creating a taller silhouette. Mixing darker or lighter shades of the same color is also a fresh, neat look for spring.

There’s also a lot of innovation in the pants department, giving new fitting to old styles.  As seen in the collections of Rag & Bone and Prabal Gurung, army pants aren’t baggy anymore. They’ve been given a cigarette fit –looser in the hips and drawn in from the knee down. Perfect with a pointy pump, this look has lots of “night out” potential. 

While celebrities like Beyoncé and Kanye West have brought this trend to the attention of the pop culture masses, designers such as Phillip Lim and Rebecca Minkoff brought the trend to the runways. Liquid leggings have been replaced with leather sweatpants. Contrasting with the fit of the new army pant, the fit is borderline baggy and adds a pop of edginess to any look. It is obvious that celebrities are fond of this new trend, but will it catch on for students?

“I would definitely wear leather sweatpants. I’m looking for some right now actually. You could wear them with a crop top and flats and be cute but not overdone,” said Brooke Jones, freshman English major.

In regards to shape, the hourglass has been taken to new heights. Bold shoulders and boxy sleeves have been paired with accentuated waistlines and A-line skirts. The recent collections of Calvin Klein and Balmain suggest that this hourglass shape will waste no time being sold in stores popular with students. The peplum will still be a part of the shape situation in 2013, but the stage will most definitely have to be shared.

Locally, the most recent fashion week in D.C. proved to be a huge success. Created to increase economic development and to enhance the visibility of the nation’s capital as a center of fashion, D.C. Fashion Week is held twice a year during the months of February and September. Even though every event was well attended with all of the shows being sold out in advance, expansion is on the horizon for the fashion scene in the DMV area.

“I want D.C. Fashion Week to almost be like the Olympics of fashion week, with some of the very best talent from all around the world to exhibit at the shows. Almost like a United Nations in the fashion week world,” Ean Williams, D.C. Fashion Week director, said.

Howard University has always been and will always be one of the most fashion-forward establishments in the nation. Although D.C. hasn’t traditionally been known as a fashion capital, times are changing. There are many people working to grow the industry in the DMV area, benefiting the students looking to break into the industry and propelling the capital into the running with its international counterparts.

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