From the Fashion Capitals of the world: Fall Winter 2012/2013 Fashion Weeks

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Marc Jacobs sent models down the catwalk wearing oversized, furry, misshapen hats amid a dreamy baby blue backdrop. The designs combined chunky knits, turn-of-the 20th century hemlines and shoes as well as exotic handbags with unstructured silhouettes and a mix of colors By Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom



o, I was not hiding in a cave this January or indeed this February or March but I was indeed chasing deadlines, samples and vendors, trying to ensure minimum of hassles and relatively trouble-free life for my customers (a perfectly respectable British based departmental store)  while I concentrated on the job at hand to the exclusion of everything else. In the process you usually develop a tunnel vision and tune out the less urgent details for the ones screaming for your immediate attention…Hence, me not getting the time to stop and smell the roses for this quarter! I woke up suddenly this weekend to realize the Ready-to-Wear Women’s wear Fashion weeks were probably over by now…the schedule goes something like this every year:


Milan: Men’s

Paris: Men’s



New York:  Men’s, Women’s

London: Women’s

Milan: Women’s



Paris: Women’s


Thank God for; I still managed to pick up a smattering of trends for the next fall/winter 2013 this weekend…(sometimes, I think its sheer insanity making the deadlines a matter of life or death – after all, we are just making garments and in the larger scheme of things, the consumers probably don’t even know or care what traumas and sheer dramatic twists and turns that go into making of their twenty to thirty pounds at retail jean -or tee shirt- or a skirt that they will probably wear for one season only before discarding it to the back of their closet for a newer and better model next season! On the other hand, the stress of shipping that damn garment down to them is killing us literally here every season! 😀 )



Ralph Lauren NYFW 2013

Here you are – some of the highlights of the Fall Winter 2013 collections in store for you in the coming seasons shown around the fashion capitals of the world:


Feb-March 2012, Women’s wear


According to Stephanie Rivers, staff writer at The Record, the trends to emerge from NYFW 2013 are a “portrait of a sexy, powerful woman, seducing every runway with her confidence, ladylike flourishes and just a smattering of skin. High slits, high collars, Edwardian influences and sheer accents left everyone wanting more at the end of the New York season. The trends seen here can be expected to begin trickling into stores around June.”


Strongly tailored or rather structured silhouettes reminiscent of 1950s curve hugging dresses, nipped-in waist suits, girly dresses, Peter Pan collars with piqued lapels and peplum hems, wardrobe inspirations drawn from practically all over the world like English countryside to India to South America – our fashion muse was “out for an adventure using fashion as her vehicle.”


Trends from NYFW 2013:  


  • Structured and Whimsical with vivid splash of colors, snug knits, layered chiffons, crystal embellishments, mad hatter hats and skinny pants
  • 1920s with The Great Gatsbyinspired art deco details, sequins and lots of movement
  • Military – double breasted leather trench coats in 1940s inspired piqued shoulder dresses, short belted jackets and pencil skirts and patch pocket shirts
  • Office Chic – Glen plaid coats, “Mad Men” inspired suits, turtleneck collars, colored tights, argyle knee length dresses or tie front blouses paired with pencil skirts or collared shirts, our muse was all set for the office in her sequined sheaths
  • Ladylike details with 1950s inspired silhouettes that included nipped-in waist suits, peplum hems, Peter Pan collars and piqued lapels
  • Nothing inspires our muse like the English countryside with strong accent on tweeds and shearlings, high necklines, beaded columns and cutaway coats, Ralph Lauren’s tweedy ode to “Downton Abbey’’ was both axiomatic and thrilling
  • Sheer fabrics – layering sheer with opaque, peek a boo thigh-high slits and key hole openings that revealed and yet concealed, the gowns were diaphanous and gossamer thin
  • Tomboy Chic – edgier with rocker style, this look was characterized by extravagant leathers, or wool coats layered with structured shirting and skinny pants, paired with ankle boots or brogues
  • Equestrian-detailed clothing, leather harness accents, modernized riding boots, buckle and saddle prints, with riding caps and jodhpur-inspired pants, our muse was ready to go riding into the sunset
  • Geometrics – monochromatic geometric shapes mixed in a sea of floral prints and lace, demure to yet brilliant in indigo, oxblood, marigold and black
  • Furs – accents on collar, hems and cuffs to oversized Mangolian fur coats to short and belted lynx jackets, to sheered minks, our muse was ready to sport over-the-top furs in her quest to keep warm this coming winter
  • Strong colors – from cool arctic whites to sheer siennas, blacks, yellows to reds to rich aubergines to inky blues, our muse has a rich palette to choose from for her winter wardrobe; the overall declaration for the color of Fall/Winter 2012-13 was no color. Black and gray loomed like fog over catwalks with dark sprinkles of blue. It’s an easy prediction to make. Every designer uses at least some black in their collection. But there, sandwiched in it all; was oxblood, tangerine, and burgundy. Most soothing of all were classic winter whites, ranging from Derek Lam’s apres ski cocktail party maxi dress to Lacoste’s sportier viewpoint of winter chill
  • Asian travel: Zac Posen wasn’t the first designer of the week to take inspiration from Asia, but his was perhaps the most dramatic and surprising. He was inspired by Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor who lived in Asia before moving back to England. Posen may have watched one too many geisha films while designing (kimonos are unlikely to be the rage for 2013), but the elegance and grace of his structured, curve-hugging cocktail dresses will be a hit
  • Marc Jacobs sent models down the catwalk wearing oversized, furry, misshapen hats amid a dreamy baby blue backdrop. The designs combined chunky knits, turn-of-the 20th century hemlines and shoes as well as exotic handbags with unstructured silhouettes and a mix of colors
Dries Van Noten Fall Winter 2012/2013

Dries Van Noten Fall Winter 2012/2013





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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.


  1. More?

    Paris Fashion Week began with a big moment. Karlie Kloss was back on the runway, opening the Anthony Vaccarello Fall/Winter 2012-2013 collection show and walking with top models like Anja Rubik, Joan Smalls, and Arizona Muse.

    After an absence in New York, London, and Milan due to what she referred to as a “game changer,” (publications speculated she was doing a commercial in Japan),) it was a big deal to see her back on the runway so soon as we weren’t expecting her to show up at all.

    While it may not make sense that Kloss would use an up and coming designer to make her Fall 2012 runway debut (he isn’t a household name after all,) it does make sense that she would walk during Paris Fashion Week.

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  2. Viktor & Rolf get furry for fall 2012 during Paris Fashion Week
    Viktor & Rolf, known for their avant-garde yet wearable designs, created a luxurious and furry collection for the fall/winter 2012/2013 season. The designing duo sent models down the Paris Fashion Week runway today in shades of black, dark brown and yellow wearing luxurious fabrications such as silk and fur. The fur was shown in both solid form and trim. The handbag collection was classic yet featured a few edgy touches such as fur trim.

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  3. Wrapping up in style: Paris looks to arctic winter

    2012-03-04 11:18

    By Gersende Rambourg

    PARIS, March 4, 2012 (AFP) — The fashionable crowd won’t be caught out twice: after this year’s arctic cold snap in Europe, Paris Fashion Week designers are rolling out sumptuous cashmere and deep fur to keep warm in style next winter.

    Jean Paul Gaultier sent out a graffiti-inspired ready-to-wear line Saturday night to the edgy sound of the Velvet Underground, with coats that were an overt challenge to the anti-fur activists at animals rights group PETA.

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  4. From Renaissance to ’70s at Paris Fashion Week
    AFP Relaxnews | 02 March, 2012 10:00

    Designers took the fashion crowd time-travelling, from a Renaissance hunting party to the 1970s punk scene via antique kimonos, at Paris’ ready-to-wear shows.

    Darling of the fashionista pack, the Belgian Dries Van Noten, crafted a trademark blend of feminine and masculine for autumn-winter as he paired Asian-inspired fluid silks with military blazers, slim coats and tapered pants.

    Van Noten took antique Japanese and Korean clothes photographed at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum as his starting point, but digitally reworked the images to create original motifs in riotous tangerine or turquoise.

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  5. Dior plays on classic ballet
    By Alexandria Sage, Reuters

    Last Updated: March 2, 2012 6:21pm

    PARIS — Fashionistas celebrated designer Alber Elbaz’s 10th anniversary as the creative force behind Lanvin on Friday night under a huge crystal chandelier at the foot of a runway after a fashion show saturated with colour, flair and glamour.

    Elbaz, never without his signature bow tie, serenaded guests after the show with a rendition of “Que sera, sera,” – after warning them that his talents lay more in fashion than music.

    “I’m a terrible singer,” Elbaz confessed, before launching into song. Pink Martini, the Portland, Oregon band later entertained guests including actress Tilda Swinton and burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese with retro hits under a canopy lit with thousands of tiny gold lights.

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  6. Christian Dior offers subtle colors for fall 2012 at Paris Fashion Week

    Christian Dior sent their fall/winter 2012/2013 collection down the Paris Fashion Week runway today and it offered a ladylike collection filled with subtle hues, black, platform sandals and fur handbags. The fur handbags were shown in both solid black as well as mixed with alternate fabrications offering texture to the feminine and sophisticated collection.

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  7. Galliano Successor Bill Gayton Fills In With Muted Autumn Shades
    By Monami Thakur | Mar 03,2012 06:21 AM EDT

    Just over a year since the dismissal of Dior creative director, John Galliano, the Paris fashion label opted for designer Bill Gaytten to fill in and create their fall/winter collection for the Paris Fashion Week.

    Post Galliano, this is the second time the designer has created a ready-to-wear collection for the luxury label and the creations look quite impressive.

    Muted autumn shades have been used as the colour palette for the collection which comprises mainly pleated skirts, jackets with leather belts at the waist, chiffon eveningwear and fur trimmed coats. In fact, the Dior creations at the fashion week were perfect red-carpet options that could very well be worn by stars like Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman.

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  8. Burberry shows the duffle bag for fall 2012 at London Fashion Week

    Burberry showed their fall/winter 2012/2013 collection today during London Fashion Week and gave the fashion world shrunken jackets, traditional autumn colors, owl tee-shirts, edgy clutches and the medium sized duffle bag. The iconic London design house also showed 1980’s touches such as puffy sleeves and exaggerated pockets which overshadowed many of the garments themselves.

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  9. London Fashion Week presented new season fashion trends for Fall-Winter 2012-2013
    By Published: 22/02/2012

    Today is the last day of the London Fashion Week – one of the “Big Four” fashion weeks, along with Paris Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week. It is twice each year – in February, where fashion trades present Autumn-Winter collections and September – for Spring-Summer.

    During the six-day fashion week their new seasonal trends for Autumn-Winter 2012-2013 presented many famous fashion houses and designers like Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Simone Rocha, Mulberry, J. W. Anderson, Jonathan Saunders, Matthew Williamson, Christofer Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Meadham Kirchhoff and others. Today their collections will present Matthew Miller, Christopher Shannon, James Long, Oliver Spencer and others.

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  10. A designer carousel
    March 1, 2012

    Drama in the top houses and complexity on the catwalk. Fashion editor Georgina Safe reports from Milan.

    The international shows season is usually a chic carousel of the continents, during which fashion editors and buyers make the rounds of New York, London, Milan and Paris. But during Milan Fashion Week, it was designers who were on the merry-go-round, as key changes were announced at some of Europe’s most venerated fashion houses.

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  11. Milan Fashion Week fall 2012 handbag trends from the runway

    Milan Fashion Week for fall/winter 2012/2013 ended yesterday and left the fashion world with new handbag trends from the runway to ponder over the next few months. While New York designers brought bright colors to the fall runways, designers in Milan opted for extremely dark hues and classic black. In addition to the end of the brightly colored handbag, Milan also showed the world that handbags are getting small for the upcoming cool weather months.

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  12. Men’s Notebook: Set Sail
    From bags made from wetsuits to Nautica’s return.
    BY David Nicholls | 03 March 2012

    The American clothing label Nautica, influenced by all things sail and sea, raised anchor on the British market seven years ago. This month it returns under the creative direction of Chris Cox (formerly of Tommy Hilfiger and Victorinox ) and available exclusively at Debenhams . Expect a sporty and preppy collection including polos, chambray shirts, coloured chinos and more than a dash of navy blue and white. Polo shirt, £40, canvas beach shorts, £40, Hyannis deck shoes, £65.

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  13. Paris Fashion Week: Vivienne Westwood Gold Label autumn/winter 2012

    From Edwardian coats to Elizabethan corsets via leggings and dresses printed with mish-mashed Union Flag print, Vivienne Westwood’s collection semaphored Britishness.

    BY Luke Leitch | 03 March 2012

    Dame Vivienne Westwood made her ceremonial progress – complete with regal waves to the watching crowd – wearing a semi-sheer dress printed with out-of-issue British £50 notes. The Dame was wearing The Queen.

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  14. Paris Fashion Week: Haider Ackermann autumn/winter 2012
    Haider Ackermann’s is a collection for women who like the feeling of being bound – beautifully – in tailoring, says Lisa Armstrong.

    BY Lisa Armstrong | 03 March 2012

    “I remember when this show used to be in a back alleyway,” recalled one front rower. Not any more. Although some of the audience, wrapped in sunglasses and still wreathed in champagne vapours from last night’s Lanvin party looked as though they’d just come from a back alley, the Hotel de Ville setting could hardly be more opulent. And it suited the uncompromising elegance of these clothes. If the tailoring chez Ackermann’s last show borrowed from a man’s wardrobe, this collection, while it offered plenty of jackets, was entirely womanly, and more. Yet despite the many peplums – some of them flounces, some in the form of folds and flaps – there is absolutely nothing frou frou about Ackermann’s vision. Even when they resembled leather bustles, there is a rigour and balance that keeps everything this side of contemporary-looking and prevents it from looking overwhelming.

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