Florentine Fragments: Fall/Winter 2012/13 Trend Report
Florence. It's a historic Italian city full of ancient landmarks, hidden treasures, and yes, even fashion. It's the perfect backdrop for the upcoming fashion season's dramatic feel.
Let's take a tour of its most stylish neighborhoods and see why Florence has an ambiance that can also be showcased in stylish clothing.
Let's start in Piazza Santa Croce, which plays host to the ancient Florentine game of “Calcio Storico”. Each year, teams representing the four quarters of the city fight it out for the neighborhood. Watching such a fierce game calls for one of Fall’s tough leather jackets and a touch of patriotism through smart accessories from Delfina Delettrez and Olympia Le Tan, which both take Italian cultural references and apply them to statement accessories.
A city of great contrasts, over in the shade of Piazza “Santissima Annunciata”, timeless pieces from Burberry Prorsum and Alexander McQueen are paired with long, soft layers from Maria Lucia Hohan. A favorite for red carpet dressing, the young designer’s soft, sweeping designs are super feminine and have a glamorous feel that has led to an A List following.
Up at the top of the city is San Miniato, one of the most historic locations in town, with a stunning view which makes it a perfect place to take a mid afternoon stroll before watching the sun set over the city. To make it up to San Miniato in style opt for this season’s most practical new footwear: loafers. These elegant essentials are perfect for Fall/Winter. Having received an update for the new season, they now come in a plethora of materials and prints. Find the perfect pair and they can add a preppy finishing touch to a cute shift dress, dress down a more formal look or pair them with a matching print to make a bold statement from head to toe. Etro and Alexander McQueen have both created statement loafers in printed velvets that have a luxe touch and can be worn both day and night.
A city famous for its artisans and craft culture is the ideal place to highlight the new fascination with delicate detailing. From hand embroidery to sequined and beaded inserts, this Fall designer’s focused on high quality and personal touches. These details, that can vary from one item to the next, and give some of the coming season’s key pieces a unique feel. Hand stitched edging on jackets, embroidered patterns on coats and trousers and artisan crafted jewellery are just some of the elements that have become a key trend in the latest collections. Get the look through with hand crafted details and unique jewelery from designers such as Akillis, whose pieces caught the eye of the celebrity stylist B Åckerlund whilst on a recent trip in Florence.